Thursday, September 10, 2009

Putnam Historic Site Added To National Register

A historic site in Putnam County has now been added to the National Register of Historic Places. White Plains is located three miles outside of of Cookeville. Once part of a large plantation, the house is now on a 15-acre parcel and surrounded by mature trees and shrubs. Built in 1848 and substantially remodeled in 1958, officials say White Plains is an important example of how 19th century houses were modernized with new architectural styles and amenities in the 20th century. In 1958 the house received a new brick exterior and side extensions, changing the farmhouse’s appearance into a modern Colonial Revival house. The interior was updated with new electrical features and some architectural detailing, but it still retains materials from 1848. The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources.