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Hopkinton Public Green may be nominated for inclusion in State and National Registers of Historic Places

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HOPKINTON - The historic week for the town of Hopkinton continues as the New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of the town’s public green to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

This announcement comes just three days after the town welcomed the fourth generation grandson of Hopkinton founder Colonel Roswell Hopkins to the town hall, which was built in 1870.

The Hopkinton Public Green was among 21 properties, resources, and districts to be nominated in the state, but the only one in St. Lawrence County.

According to Commissioner of the Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Rose Harvey, “Survival of these noteworthy places is crucial in preserving the great diversity of New York’s communities.”

“Placing these landmarks on the State and National Registers of Historic Places will offer well-deserved recognition along with tools to help them last into the future,” she added.

There are 90,000 historic buildings, structures, and sites throughout New York state that are listed either individually or as components of historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places.

The public green was deeded by Mr. Hopkins in 1808 “in the consideration of his good will and respect” for his fellow citizens and the town hall.

Ernie Wood, caretaker of the green, felt proud when he learned of the recent recommendation for nomination.

“People consider it a special place in town. There are a lot of nice trees there and a good area for the people. We do a lot of hard work and try our best to keep in it great shape,” Mr. Wood said. “Most all of the supervisors and councilmen have taken a lot of pride in it. I just started taking care of it four years ago.”

Town Supervisor Susan Wood was unavailable for comment, as was Town Historian Mary Converse.

Receiving a recommendation does not necessarily mean inclusion into the State and National Registers of Historic Places, as a couple of steps are needed first.

The recommendations first need to be approved by the state historic preservation officer and then the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places. Finally, the properties are nominated to the National Register of Historic Places and reviewed, before being approved and entered on the National Register.

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