On October 23, 2007, the
Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) conducted a
public hearing regarding the merits of including Catlett and
Hume on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National
Register of Historic Places.
The Virginia Department of
Historic Resources will present the Catlett and Hume
National Register Rural Historic District nominations to the
Commonwealth Board of Historic Resources on December 5,
2007. These resolutions will convey Fauquier County’s
support for these nominations.
The Catlett and Hume
nominations continue the Fauquier County Board of
Supervisor’s multi-year program to document 21 villages and
towns for placement on the Virginia and National Registers.
The attached map identifies the communities now placed on
both registers of historic places. Excluding Upperville
which was already on both, the county has added the eleven
illustrated. This successful documentation and designation
program is nearing completion. This Board-sponsored village
and town nomination program is being complemented with
privately-initiated nominations for rural historic
districts. These nominations have been met with widespread
resident support. The Orlean, Bristersburg, Sumerduck, and
Calverton communities will be documented over the next 18-
month period with $13,500 in assistance from a Virginia
Cost-Share grant. Staff will continue to seek state,
federal, and private funding assistance for the remaining
Board supported nominations for Little Georgetown, Midland
and The Plains.
The architectural and
historical significance of Catlett and Hume was documented
in two separate reports by the county’s architectural
historian, Maral Kalbian. Property owners within the
proposed district and those immediately surrounding the
district were notified by mail about the October 23, 2007
public hearings conducted in the Warren Green Room, 10 Hotel
Street, Warrenton, Virginia. A public hearing notice was
placed in the local newspaper.
At the hearing, Maral
Kalbian provided a slide show summarizing the histories of
Hume and Catlett. Dave Edwards from VDHR explained the
benefits of being listed on the Virginia and National
Registers. Mr. Edwards discussed available tax credit
programs and noted that National Register status does
provide neighborhoods with some levels of protection against
certain types of publicly-funded projects.
This National Register
designation has no connection with additional regulatory
oversight in Fauquier County. Being listed on either the
Virginia Landmarks or National Register of Historic Places
only conveys an honor and recognition of a property’s
historic significance; it does not place any constraints on
the property owner. Being listed on either register does
not restrict or prevent an owner from altering, tearing down
or otherwise disposing of the property.
Copies of the detailed
survey and reports for Catlett and Hume are available in the
Planning Division for review.