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Project Information: Proposed National Register Historic District for Stafford Springs

Project Information: Proposed National Register Historic District for Stafford Springs

The Town of Stafford, Stafford Historical Society, and Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), invite residents to learn about a proposed National Register of Historic Places nomination in the Downtown-Hyde Park area. Stafford Springs has a wealth of historic resources, well-preserved architecture, and rich local history worthy of preservation. This project is funded by a Survey & Planning Grant administered by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). The target area has been shaped by more than 300 years of history and was identified in the 1992 Historic & Architectural Resources Survey.

The proposed district area is bounded by Main Street (Route 190) to the north, Tolland Avenue and Hyde Park Road to the west, Highland Terrace to the south, and River Road (Route 32) to the east. This boundary creates a district that includes Hyde Park, Haymarket Square, Highland Terrace, Spring Street, Main Street to where it becomes West Main Street, and a small portion of River Road.

The project will ensure the preservation of Stafford’s history, the pursuant of a Historic District, spur economic development, bolster community pride, and encourage future preservation, while benefitting both residents and business owners.

On February 28, 2023, Jenny Scofield, National Register Coordinator for SHPO, and Andrew Roblee of Roblee Historic Preservation, LLC provided an overview of the National Register program, history of the downtown, and planned phases of completing the project. The hybrid meeting offered participants the opportunity to join in-person or online to view the presentation, with a subsequent Q&A session. 

Research and an intensive survey of the proposed Downtown-Hyde Park area is currently underway. An additional Public Meeting is anticipated for Autumn 2023, where resident and stakeholders can review materials and participate in a 30-day public review and comment period. 

For complete project information and resources please visit the Historic Preservation page

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