Historic preservation in America traces its roots to 1860, when efforts began to save George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The definition of historic preservation is continually evolving, expanding its scope as tools are created to protect and preserve our heritage. Today, historic preservation encompasses many disciplines and issues: from architecture to urban planning, from environmental stewardship to community re-development, from archeology to cultural landscapes. Preservation is now a sophisticated academic subject and a growing professional field, but much of it is accomplished by dedicated volunteers who treasure what makes their communities unique. Visit Resources for links to a variety of sources for additional information on topics within historic preservation or contact us for information and assistance.