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The entire community of Wilsonia became a National Historic District on March 15, 1996 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The National Register of Historic Places is our federal government’s official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worth of preservation for their historic significance. Today, there are more than one million properties on the National Register of which 80,000 are listed individually. The remainder (for example, a Wilsonia cabin) are called “contributing resources” within a broader historic district - such as the Wilsonia Historic District.
For most of its history, the National Register has been administered by the National Park Service. The National Register’s goals are to help property owners and related interest groups, as as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, coordinate, identify, and protect historic sites in the United States. National Register listings can have some positive financial consequences such as coverage by Historic Building Codes which is the case for Wilsonia.
During the nomination process for inclusion on the National Register list, properties are evaluated in terms of four criteria: [1] - the site of a major event of American history, [2] - a site associated with a major individual or group of individuals of American history, [3] - a building or buildings of distinctive characteristics, and [4] - a site that has or may in the future yield information important to our history. Wilsonia qualifies in keeping with the 3rd criteria and, within that criteria, for two things: the consistent early 1900s “rustic” nature of our cabins and the ongoing, vibrant, multi-generational nature of our community, the latter being described as almost “one of a kind” by California’s State Office of Historic Preservation.