Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Harry F. Atherton, Chairman, Marshall District Supervisor; and

Raymond E. Graham, Vice Chairman, Cedar Run District Supervisor 


November 8, 2007

Staff Lead:


Frederick P.D. Carr, Director


Community Development


A Resolution Supporting the Inclusion of Catlett on the Virginia Landmarks and National  Registers; 


A Resolution Supporting the Inclusion of Hume on the Virginia Landmarks and National  Registers


Topic Description:

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.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Property Owners


Financial Impacts Analysis:


Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:



1.                  Resolution for Catlett National Register Nomination

2.                  Resolution for Hume National Register Nomination

3.                  Map of Villages and Towns on the National Register and Virginia Landmarks



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