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The Washington County home of Asa Fitch Jr., an entomologist in the 1800s, has been proposed for listing on the historic register.  Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fitch_Asa_1809-1879.jpg">unknown</a>, public domain
The Washington County home of Asa Fitch Jr., an entomologist in the 1800s, has been proposed for listing on the historic register. Photo: unknown, public domain

Five North Country properties proposed for historic recognition

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A state board is recommending that 21 new properties across New York be added to the register of state and national historic places.

The designation is designed to help preserve historic sites, many of them held in private hands, through tax credits. Five of the proposed landmarks are here in the North Country.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

In a statement issued this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said recognizing these sites as designated historic places helps promote tourism and preserves New York's "great history."

Rose Harvey, head of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, described adding these buildings and properties to the list as "a first step in their long-term preservation and celebration."

Included on the list this year is the historic district in Northville in Fulton County, which marks the southern end of the Northville-Placid hiking trail.

In Lewis County, the Collinsville Cemetery in West Turin has been proposed for designation. It includes the burial sites of settlers from the early 1800s.

In Warren County, Lake Luzerne's Woodward Hall has been nominated for the list. It was the home of Earl Woodward, an early Adirondack tourism entrepreneur who opened a dude ranch in the 1930s.

In Washington County, there are two buildings proposed for the list, one dating back to Granville's era as a slate quarrying center.

The other, in Salem, is the former home and laboratory of Asa Fitch, who was New York state's first official entomologist.

Properties that are officially added to the state and national registers of historic places will become eligible for special historic preservation tax credits.

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