Hampton earns historic preservation honor

Hampton has been designated the 91st Certified Local Government in Georgia, The Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Monday.

The City of Hampton has a historic preservation ordinance that is consistent with the state’s Historic Preservation Act.

Originally known as Bear Creek, Hampton was incorporated in 1872. It was named for General Wade Hampton. It was Henry County’s sole rail connection until 1882.

The CLG program extends federal and state historic preservation programs to the local level, expanding the scope of local responsibilities and opportunities for preservation. Georgia has the third highest number of CLG-designated communities in the United States. To become a CLG, local governments must meet federal and state requirements, including the enactment of a historic preservation ordinance that establishes a design review commission. CLGs are eligible for federal Historic Preservation Fund grants. For details about the CLG program, log on to www.georgiashpo.org/community/clg.

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