News Release

National Park Service awards $10 million in funding in Semiquincentennial grants

Bird's eye view of a crumbling brick structure next to a brick building surrounded by a brick wall. Across the street is two other old buildings. These structures are surrounded by trees.
Viets’ Tavern, in East Granby, Connecticut, part of the Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine and the first state prison in North America, helps tell the story of the incarcerated population before 1800 and the role of incarceration in our nation’s founding

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development

News Release Date: July 13, 2023


WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) awarded $10 million today in the second round of funding from the Semiquincentennial Grant Program commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. Created by Congress in 2020 and funded through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), this round of grants will support 20 cultural resource preservation projects across 14 states.  

“The Semiquincentennial is an opportunity for the nation to recognize and reflect on the diverse cultures, events, and places that have helped shape our country,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “Through the Semiquincentennial Grant Program, the National Park Service is supporting projects that showcase the many places and stories that contributed to the evolution of the American experience.”  

This year’s grants will support projects like: 

  • Rehabilitation of Viets’ Tavern in East Granby, Connecticut. Captain John Viets, appointed warden of the Old Newgate Prison in 1773, built the tavern in 1755 less than ten yards from the front gate of the prison. Much like other taverns of the time, it was an important place for political exchange in the community. Preserving Viet’s Tavern will tell a more complete history of the United States by focusing on the role of incarceration in the founding of our nation and the incarcerated population before 1800. 

  • Rehabilitation of Ephrata Cloister in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. German immigrants fleeing religious persecution in Europe founded the community of Ephrata Cloister in 1732 where they practiced a lifestyle of discipline and self-deprivation. Grant funds will support the preservation of this architecture through the rehabilitation of exterior components on six of the 18th century buildings including the repair, replacement and protective finish of hand-hewn wood siding and side-lap shingle roofs. Grant funds will also support updates to the National Historic Landmark documentation for the property. 

  • Pre-preservation planning for Pictograph Cave State Park in Billings, Montana. Recent radiocarbon dating suggests the oldest deposits within the caves date to approximately 4,000 years ago, and that they were frequently occupied by Native people into the late 1700s. Within Pictograph Cave are more than 100 elaborate painted figures, one of which was dated to 2,145 years B.C., making it one of the oldest motifs recorded on the Northern Plains. This grant will support pre-preservation work, including a condition assessment, mitigation planning, and creation of a site plan.  

Below is a full list of the projects and grant recipients for the second round of funding for the Semiquincentennial Grant Program.  






East Granby 

Rehabilitation of Viets’ Tavern 

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development 



Rehabilitation of Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site 

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs 



Preservation of Blood Run 

State Historical Society of Iowa 



Preservation of the National Monument to the Forefathers 

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation 


Havre De Grace 

Rehabilitation of Rock Run Mill 

Society for the Preservation of Maryland Antiquities, Inc. 



Preservation of the Hessian Barracks 

Maryland State Department of Education 



Pre-Preservation Planning for Pictograph Cave State Park 

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Parks 


North Carolina, 


Rehabilitation of the House in the Horseshoe 

North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 


New Jersey, 

Preservation of the Old Barracks 

Old Barracks Association 


New York, 

Rehabilitation of the Senate House State Historic Site 

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 



Rehabilitation of Ephrata Cloister  

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission 


Washington Crossing 

Rehabilitation of the McConkey Ferry Inn at Washington’s Crossing 

Friends of Washington Crossing Park 



Rehabilitation of the 1724 Chester Courthouse 

Delaware County, Pennsylvania 


Rhode Island, 

Rehabilitation of the Old State House and Parade 

Executive Office of State of Rhode Island 





Remote Sensing Survey of Selected Areas of the Submerged Siege of Yorktown Battlefield 

Virginia Department of Historic Resources 


Fort Monroe 

Fort George Resource Protection Survey at Fort Monroe 

Fort Monroe Authority 



Rehabilitation of the Timberneck House at Machicomoco State Park, Phase II 

Fairfield Foundation of Virginia 



Rehabilitation of Belle Isle Manor House 

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation 



Rehabilitation of the Old Constitution House 

State of Vermont Division for Historic Preservation 



Protection and Enhancement for Aztalan State Park 

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 


14 States 




Established in 1977 and authorized at $150 million per year through 2023, the HPF has provided more than $2 billion in historic preservation grants to states, Tribes, local governments, and nonprofit organizations. Administered by the NPS, Congress may appropriate HPF funds to support a variety of historic preservation projects to help preserve the nation’s cultural resources. 

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Last updated: August 8, 2023