It was this unusually large assemblage of stone buildings — with domestic, religious and commercial purposes — that helped propel the village’s nomination for inclusion on the National Register.
The National Register is the official list of the nation’s historic places deemed worthy of preservation. It was authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and is the official listing of buildings, structures, districts, objects and sites that have been significant in the history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture of the state and the nation.
For personal reasons, Norman noted that she is thrilled to have the new designation because she will now qualify for tax credits by making upgrades to her own house in Morris.
“It’s another reason to be excited,” she said.
Ravage, the consultant, said getting the designation “opens up a lot of opportunities for tax credits for rehabilitation work on homes, and that credit has just been extended for another five years in the state of New York.”
In New York, the National Register program is administered by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Places.
“I think many people whose families have been in Morris for generations certainly understand the village’s historical significance,” Norman said. “One of the things that draws people here in the first place is the small-village charge and the historic charm of the buildings.”