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Property Name Forest Downtown Historic District
Reference Number 13001083
State Mississippi
County Scott
Town Forest
Street Address Roughly bounded by the railroad tracks south of Front Street on the south, Third Street on the north, Raleigh Street on the east and Smith Street on the west.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/15/2014
Areas of Significance Architecture, Community Planning and Development, Commerce
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The Forest Downtown Historic District in the City of Forest in Scott County, Mississippi represents an example of the pattern of commercial development in a small rural county seat. The town developed slowly into a small city and regional commercial center and most of the development remaining to this day took place from the early to mid-twentieth century. The district represents a tapestry of building styles, sizes, and construction dates, all of which give the district a unique pattern of development and character. The Forest Downtown Historic District is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places for significance under Criteria A and C in the areas of Architecture, Commerce, Community Planning and Development. The period of significance is from circa 1860, the date of development of the railroad through Forest, to 1964, fifty years prior to this nomination. The district's significance also derives from a concentration of intact commercial, governmental, and transportation resources illustrating not only several popular architectural styles ofthe period between circa 1900 and 1964, but also vernacular forms common during that time.


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