The National Trust at Work

In the latest issue of Preservation, we took a look at all the different spots around the United States where the National Trust is working to save places. Read on to learn more about these unique places and programs.

National Trust Historic Sites

Cliveden, Philadelphia

From June 4-20, Cliveden, in a partnership with Philadelphia Young Playwrights and New Freedom Theatre, hosted the interactive dramatic event "Liberty to Go to See," which culminated with performances during Historic Germantown’s Juneteenth Celebration. Based on the Chew Family Papers, "Liberty to Go to See" was performed in Cliveden’s main house. It depicted juxtapositions in American history by following the stories of the Chew family’s enslaved, indentured, and immigrant workers. The New Freedom Theatre performed the script that was written during a year-long collaboration between Cliveden and the Philadelphia Young Playwrights.

Drayton Hall, Charleston, South Carolina

With the help of Richard Marks Restorations, Inc., the work to stabilize the portico at Drayton Hall in Charleston, S.C., continued throughout the summer. Trapped water caused damage to the portico framing over the years, requiring it to be rebuilt many times during its history. During the last intervention in the 1960’s, the builder incorporated concrete girders, but this proved to be damaging to the historic structure. Builders are working through the fall to remove the concrete and restore the masonry, which they believe will restore the structural integrity of the portico.

National Treasures

Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, Boston

The Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 was named a National Treasure by the National Trust in 2012. With the help of a $250,000 grant from American Express, the U.S. Lightship Museum was able to restore the ship’s navigational beacon, foghorn, and on-board electrical systems. The completed work was celebrated with a lighting ceremony this past August. The ship now has a permanent home in Boston Harbor.  Confident that LV-112 is in safe hands, the National Trust is saying “over and out” to this restoration success story.

Music Row, Nashville, Tennessee

In October, the National Trust unveiled some results of ongoing research of the history of Nashville’s Music Row. The study concludes that with a concentration of more than 200 music-related businesses, Music Row is one-of-a-kind neighborhood in the United States. The research will provide documentation that proves that Music Row’s concentration of music-specific businesses surpasses that of other locales with music-rich heritages like New York, Los Angeles, and Alabama’s Muscle Shoals. This study will be used to help guide future development to honor the legacy of Music Row.

Village of Zoar, Ohio

Once named to the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list, the Village of Zoar in Ohio was officially saved from destruction when the United States Army Corps of Engineers announced last year that they will restore a levy that could potentially fail without significant maintenance work, causing the historic town to flood. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopes to present a finalized plan to the village in early 2016. The National Trust recently supported the village of Zoar in completing a National Historic Landmark application. Zoar Historic District is already on the National Register of Historic Places, with the most recent boundaries drawn in 2013.

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