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Plantation earns national recognition

The Moore-Webb-Holmes Plantation in Perry County was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. The official announcement of the plantation’s placement in the register came on Aug. 24. -- Special photo

By Robert Hudson

The Selma Times-Journal

A local property has joined the ranks of Thomas Jefferson’s home Monticello and nearby Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church as one of the nation’s historical places worth preserving.

Perry County’s Moore-Webb-Holmes Plantation is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Perry County Chamber of Commerce chamber board member Tiffany Vaughn said the recognition is great for the community.

“Being that Marion is a historic town, it has a lot of buildings in the Historic Register,” Vaughn said. “I think it is important to give recognition to the community’s support of preserving their history, and that particular property is full of history and full of ties to the Marion community and Perry County.”

The Moore-Webb-Holmes Plantation is home to 54 buildings and one archaeological site, and was initially settled in 1829.

The National Register of Historic Places is a program of the National Park Service and is on the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.

Vaughn said the national recognition could lead to tourism for the area.

Moore-Webb-Holmes Plantation was officially added to the National Register on Aug. 24.

“And national recognition is always a good thing,” Vaughn said. “It can increase tourism. A lot of people do historic tours, so I’d imagine some go to the National Register and look there before they come to an area. Having it on the register would give people a chance to come see something amazing.”
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