Deed Restrictions and Stewardship as Tools for Historic Preservation

  • 13 Apr 2013
  • 10:30 AM
  • Newburyport Public Library, 94 State Street, Newburyport, Mass.

Deed Restrictions and Stewardship
as Tools for Historic Preservation

Jared Eigerman (land-use attorney) and Joe Cornish (of Historic New England) speak on the legal issues of two preservation strategies.

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Newburyport Public Library.

Individual deed restrictions and organizational stewardship are the subjects of a two-part property preservation seminar presented free to the public by the Newburyport Preservation Trust on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Newburyport Public Library. The program begins at 10:30 a.m.

In this seminar, the Newburyport Preservation Trust, a non-profit preservation education and advocacy organization, seeks to inform homeowners, developers, and commercial property owners about private preservation initiatives. Please go to for more information about the organization, membership options, and how you can support our preservation education programs.

The first segment of the seminar features land-use attorney Jared Eigerman speaking on the legal aspects of deed restrictions: what they are, what they can accomplish, and their limitations. The second segment features Joe Cornish of Historic New England, who will speak about the organization's Stewardship Easement Program, which oversees 84 privately-owned properties placed under its auspices. Stewardship is the process of adding deed restrictions to a property according to the owners/overseers wishes, and following that property through the years to make sure the restrictions are followed, using an umbrella organization like Historic New England. (The regional preservation organization also owns and operates 36 historic properties throughout New England that are open to the public.) Both segments of the seminar explain different aspects of historic preservation strategies and the respective benefits and limitations.

Advance or online registration is not required for this seminar.

The focus on historic preservation will serve as a preview of Newburyport Preservation Week, scheduled for May 8-13, 2013. The theme this year is the role of Newburyport women in preservation, and the related skills at hearth and home, and with herbs and healing. Five days of activities for all ages and interests will include walking tours, lectures, brunches, and the annual Historic Preservation Awards. Events are open to the public and most are free. For more information and the schedule of events as the date draws near, visit


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