National Register, Research and Survey

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National Register of Historic Places

​The National Register of Historic Places is our nation’s official list of historic properties that are worthy of preservation. Properties listed in the National Register include buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture. While the National Register of Historic Places is managed at the federal level by the National Park Service, as Georgia’s state historic preservation office (SHPO), the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) administers the National Register of Historic Places program in Georgia as well as the Georgia Register of Historic Places.

Researching and Documenting Historic Properties

The Georgia Historic Preservation Division has developed a series of publications to assist in identifying and documenting historic resources in Georgia.


Historic resources surveys collect and record information about extant historic resources, usually on a county-wide, community-wide, or neighborhood-wide basis. City or county governments generally undertake surveys for their communities as a first step in documenting historic resources for planning purposes. In Georgia, the survey data is entered into an online database known as GNAHRGIS (Georgia’s Natural, Archaeological, and Historic Resources Geographic Information System), which maps the surveyed resources.


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