Rest Haven cemetery earns status for the National Register of Historic Places

The Tennessean reports today that Rest Haven and the Franklin City Cemetery will both soon be on the list of the National Register of Historic Places.

Rest Haven is where Franklin’s unknown Civil War soldier is buried.  I blogged about that burial ceremony much in 2009. I’ve also blogged on Rest Haven many times over the years. I have taken lots of photos of Rest Haven too, those pictures are easily accessible here.

Rest Haven, about seven acres, is nearly four times as large as the City Cemetery. The earliest recorded burial in Rest Haven is 1842.  There hadn’t been a burial since 1969 there until the unknown Civil War soldier was interred there in 2009.

A satellite map of Rest Haven is below.  The main street on the left is Old Hillsboro Road.

Why is National Register status important? The HRHP web site says the following about the “results” of being listed on the Historic Register:

In addition to honorific recognition, listing in the National Register has the following results for historic properties:

  • Consideration in planning for Federal, Federally licensed, and Federally assisted projects: — Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 requires that Federal agencies allow the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation an opportunity to comment on all projects affecting historic properties either listed in or determined eligible for listing in the National Register. The Advisory Council oversees and ensures the consideration of historic properties in the Federal Planning process.
  • Eligibility for certain tax provisions — Owners of properties listed in the National Register may be eligible for a 20% investment tax credit for the certified rehabilitation of income-producing certified historic structures such as commercial, industrial, or rental residential buildings. This credit can be combined with a straight-line depreciation period of 27.5 years for residential property and 31.5 years for nonresidential property for the depreciable basis of the rehabilitated building reduced by the amount of the tax credit claimed. Federal tax deductions are also available for charitable contributions for conservation purposes of partial interests in historically important land areas or structures.
  • Consideration of historic values in the decision to issue a surface mining permit where coal is located in accordance with the Surface Mining Control Act of 1977; and
  • Qualification for Federal grants for historic preservation, when funds are available.
    Owners of private property listed in the National Register are free to maintain, manage, or dispose of their property as they choose provided that no Federal monies are involved.

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