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Signers of the Constitution
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Historic Sites and Buildings

DESCRIBED in the following pages are the principal buildings associated with the signers of the Constitution. They are comprised of three categories: National Park Service Areas, National Historic Landmarks, and Other Sites Considered.

The principal aim of the National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings is to identify nationally important sites that are not National Park Service Areas, but no survey of historic places would be complete without including them. This is particularly true because many of them were designated as National Historic Landmarks before they became part of the National Park System. Further information about a particular area may be obtained by writing directly to the park superintendent at the address listed immediately following the location.

National Historic Landmarks are those sites judged by the Advisory Board on National Parks, Historic Sites, Buildings, and Monuments to meet the criteria of national significance in commemorating the history of the United States. The Secretary of the Interior has declared them to be eligible for designation as National Historic Landmarks. Final designation occurs when the owners apply for such status. They receive certificates and bronze plaques attesting to the distinction.

Other Sites Considered consist of those sites deemed by the Advisory Board to possess noteworthy historical value but not national significance. The list of sites included in this category does not purport to be exhaustive; it is merely a representative sampling, all that is possible because of space limitation.

Many sites in the Other Sites Considered category in all phases of history are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, maintained by the National Park Service's Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation. The register consists not only of sites in the National Park System and National Historic Landmarks but also those of State and local significance, nominated through appropriate channels by various States. It is published biennially and distributed by the Superintendent of Documents.

For the convenience of users of this volume, sites and buildings are listed alphabetically by State. The following code indicates site categories:

Site Categories

National Park Service National Park System unit
National Historic Landmark National Historic Landmark
Other site Other Sites Considered

NOTE: The following descriptions indicate sites that are open to the public. Before visiting any of them, inquiry should be made to the owners or custodians concerning dates and hours of access and admission costs, usually nominal. Special permission should be obtained to visit privately owned sites. Web Edition Note: Since the publication of this document (1976) the status of some of these properties may have changed during the ensuing years. Where available, links are provided from each site to current Web pages that contain up-to-date information on these sites, including visitation information. While most of the sites are open to the public, some sites remain closed to visitation.

Signers of the Constitution: Historic Sites of National Significance (as of 1973) (click on image for an enlargement in a new window)

Bassett (Richard) House
Broom (Jacob) House
Dickinson (John) Mansion
Lombardy Hall

Washington, D.C.
Octagon House
The White House

Maryland State House
Peggy Stewart House

New Hampshire
Governor John Langdon Mansion
Ladd-Gilman House (Cincinnati Memorial Hall)

New Jersey
Boxwood Hall
Liberty Hall

New York
Federal Hall National Memorial
Hamilton Grange National Memorial
King Manor

North Carolina
Iredell (James) House

Independence National Historical Park

South Carolina
Colonel (Charles) Pinckney House
Governor John Rutledge House
Charles Pickney National Historic Site (Snee Farm)

Blount Mansion
Rocky Mount

Blair (John) House
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
Mount Vernon

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Last Updated: 29-Jul-2004