Historic sites

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

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

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

Strawberry Hill, in the town of Ipswich, offers scenic views of Plum Island Sound, habitat for declining populations of ground-nesting birds, and structures that capture the town's historic legacy. After a long multi-year campaign, in 2002 The Trust for... 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

The 99-acre Murphy Farm on the banks of the Shenandoah River has witnessed more than its share of American history. On its sloping fields in 1862, Confederate General A.P. Hill forced the surrender of 12,000 Union troops and concluded General "Stonewall"... Read more

Raspberry Farm was a well-loved property that had been actively farmed since the late 1700s, and took its name from a popular pick your own berries and retail farm stand that operated during the 1980s and early 1990s. When the property was subdivided it... Read more