Celebrate Historic Preservation Month

Posted on May 4, 2021

Wilder-Swaim House

The month of May is designated as National Historic Preservation Month.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation established this event in 1973, and it is celebrated every year by cities, historical societies, preservation groups, and various civic organizations throughout the country.  Founded in 1795 by settlers from Montgomery, New York, the City has a rich history that has been preserved to create a strong sense of place.  The downtown historic district is appreciated throughout the region, and its unique character draws visitors to the restaurants, shops, and services.

To preserve the City’s cultural heritage, the Montgomery Landmarks Commission was established in 1976 by a group of citizens.  The Commission has identified 32 Landmarks to commemorate the City’s historical beginnings.  In addition, six of these buildings are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  These Landmarks will be preserved for future generations as a tribute to Montgomery’s past.  The Commission also works to ensure new construction and development is architecturally cohesive with the historic district.

The City is fortunate to have a great partner in historic preservation in the Montgomery Historic Preservation Association (MHPA).  Located in the Wilder-Swaim house at the corner of Cooper and Zig Zag Roads, MHPA is a 501 (C)(3) organization founded in 1997 to protect our historic buildings and collect and share materials that document our community history whose purpose is to preserve the historical and cultural atmosphere of the City.

We encourage you to learn about the Landmark properties on our History Page online or stroll around the downtown historic district.  You can also download a History Book or download the walking tour app “Our History” in the Apple Store.

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