Register Sites

In an effort to identify, protect, and maintain the country’s historic buildings and archaeological sites, the federal government established the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act, the program is administered by the National Park Service in conjunction with state historic preservation offices. While the National Register designation does not prohibit property owners from altering a registered location, the designation does provide federal, state, and local officials with important details regarding historic locations in an effort to encourage thoughtful planning and management. Currently, there are more than 3,000 listed sites in Pennsylvania in 66 of the state’s 67 counties.