CAPITAL REGION -- The core of the village of St. Johnsville and individual buildings in Schoharie and Saratoga counties were recommended Friday for inclusion on the state and national registers of historic places.
The three were among 20 sites around the state recommended for listing, according to an announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.
"Listing on the State and National Historic Registers is an important step in helping to preserve and improve these assets," said Rose Harvey, commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. "Protecting these distinctive places can help bolster economic growth and quality of life across New York."
Local places recommended for historic status:
-- The St. Johnsville Village Historic District in western Montgomery County. Located where Zimmerman's Creek meets the Mohawk River, the village of 2,600 has developed in phases since the 18th century, from a Palatine community to a railroad village and a steam-powered mill town.
-- In Central Bridge, Schoharie County, the Daniel Webster Jenkins House, constructed in 1884 in a Queen Anne style. Jenkins was station master for the Albany & Susquehanna Railroad from its opening in 1868 until his death in 1901. He was also a town superintendent and chairman of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors.
-- In Edinburg, Saratoga County, the Copeland Carriage Shop, a small-scale rural manufacturing building believed to have been built around 1830 by brothers Arad and Leonard Copeland.
Listing on the national and state registers can assist property owners in revitalizing buildings, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, including state matching grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.
The recommendations are made by the state Board of Historic Preservation, which gets them onto the state register if they are approved by the state historic preservation officer, and automatically gets them recommended for the national list.