Historic Southborough: Homeowners take advantage of commissions’ sign program

Above: Historic homeowners like Maria Romero Vagnini have taken advantage of Southborough’s Historical Commissions’ Sign program. (Photo contributed by Maria Romero Vagnini)

In June, the Southborough Historical Commission announced its Historic House Sign program. The program seeks to promote and preserve town heritage by distinguishing historic homes with a plaque.

Since then, several homeowners in town took them up on it.

Southborough Wicked Local reports:

plaques have been placed on three homes on Latisquama Road, and one each on Main Street, East Main Street, Meadow Lane and Richards Road. (read more)

About 200 postcards were mailed to owners of homes built prior to WWII,  informing them of the program.

Historical commission member Maria Romero Vagnini and six other homeowners took advantage of the program.

Vagnini said to SWL, “It’s almost a daily reminder that so many interesting people and so much architectural history lies in our town.”

It’s not too late to still take advantage of the program!

SWL details:

To qualify for a plaque, a home must have been built before 1939 and have some historical significance. The home could have been the site of a historic event, housed a popular figure, have architectural significance or help explain the town’s cultural history.

Applications are checked by the Historical Commission by consulting the state’s “Cultural Resource Information System, a database of historic buildings in the commonwealth” and the town’s assessor’s information.

Plaque applications are available at Town Hall and cost $62. For more information, contact the Southborough Historical Commission.

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