Historic sites

Legend has it that General George Washington lost his watch on Torne Mountain while spying on British troops during the American Revolution. No one knows where this happened, but today's visitors to Harriman State Park can daydream about finding the watch... Read more

When the last undeveloped land within Sterling Forest was slated for a golf course and 100 new homes, TPL led the effort to help save it from development. Sterling Forge is the one of many additions TPL has helped make to Sterling Forest State Park, the 18... Read more

Rich in history, with watersheds that provide clean drinking water for millions of people, and encompassing thousands of acres of state parks and state forests, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is a unique and cherished landscape. While... Read more

Until the mid-20th century, Roosevelt Island in the East River between Manhattan and Queens was known as Welfare Island—a site for hospitals, penitentiaries, and asylums. In the 1970’s, the island was developed as a residential community and is now home to... Read more

The first time Belle Banks saw Cedar Grove was shortly after her husband Dick inherited the antebellum house from his mother. What she found was discouraging. While solidly built from bricks made on-site, the house had no indoor plumbing or electricity,... Read more

Driving on I-26 from Spartanburg to Asheville, right across the state line, travelers heading north experience the dramatic face of White Oak Mountain. This escarpment is both the geological and physical boundary to the mountains of western North Carolina... Read more

Located in a flagship unit of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, the Fleming Plantation was one of the region's largest and most productive sugar plantations in the 19th century. The Trust for Public Land is helping to protect these 3,... Read more

May 2007 marked the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown, Virginia colony—the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Today, the settlement is recalled in two historic parks that protect the ruins of the fort and village and offer a living-... Read more

Each year, more than one million people visit George Washington's historic Mount Vernon Estate, which he acquired in 1754 in large part for its superb view across the Potomac River into Maryland. "No estate in the United States is more pleasantly situated... Read more

The 19th-century buildings and unspoiled rural character of Waterford, Virginia have qualified the entire town as a National Historic Landmark. But this historic ambience was threatened when a developer purchased 144 acres of historic Phillips Farm for... Read more

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