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The Raritan-Millstone Heritage Alliance holds special events, four Board Meetings, and an Annual Meeting each year. Meetings are hosted by different sites that are members of the Alliance.


November 16, 2019 at 10 am
Our special guest speaker will be
Mr. William Michelson from the Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission
Board Meeting to Follow
Drake House, 602 W. Front St., Plainfield, NJ 07060

About the Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission

    In 1979, spearheaded by citizen activists and neighborhood associations, the Plainfield City Council enacted its first historic preservation ordinance, and in 1980 established a Historic Review Committee to guide the City's historic preservation policies and programs. By 1981 the first four historic districts had been designated - Crescent Area, Hillside, North Avenue, and Van Wyck Brooks. These districts also were successfully nominated to the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. The historic preservation ordinance was revised and strengthened in 1986 and 2002 to create the current Historic Preservation Commission.
    Members of the Historic Preservation Commission are City residents appointed by the Mayor of Plainfield and confirmed by the City Council.
   The Historic Preservation Commission serves to identify and protect Plainfield's historic homes, religious and commercial buildings, historic sites and entire districts throughout the city. Historic preservation helps in strengthening the sense of connection to the community's past and creating a distinctive environment and sense of place for our community. The Commission intends to foster civic pride in the accomplishments of Plainfield's past, promote the use of historic districts and landmarks for the educational, cultural, and recreational welfare of its residents, and help to insure the harmonious and efficient growth of the City.
    Historic preservation designation helps to support the local economy by promoting tourism and encouraging investment, which results in revitalizing neighborhoods and stabilizing, and in many instances even increasing, property values. Buyers know that the qualities that make a particular area attractive will be protected over time. Real estate agents use historic district status as a marketing tool to sell properties.