Easton Historical Commission
The Historical Commission was established for the preservation, protection and development of the historical and archeological assets of the Town of Easton. Historical Commission members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen and serve terms of three years each.
The Historical Commission has taken a leadership position in various preservation initiatives, including a survey of historic properties, surveys of historic villages to qualify them for National Register status and the approval by Town Meeting in 2004 of a Demolition Permit Review By-law, among other efforts. It works with developers in assuring sensitive restorations of historic properties and improved design of new development. It also develops preservation agreements for public and private properties in coordination with restoration efforts.
Historic Property Surveys
In October of 2009, the Historical Commission initiated an intensive-level historic property survey of dwellings and commercial and industrial buildings in Easton. The survey involves field work, photographic documentation and extensive records research. The purpose of the survey is to provide documentation meeting current standards for National Register Historic Districts.
Completed surveys for the North Easton Village area are on record at the Department of Planning and Community Development. We hope to make them available online in the near future. The current phase of the survey project involves additional properties in North Easton and Furnace Village.
The work done to create these historic surveys has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, Chairman. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, or the Massachusetts Historical Commission.
This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office for Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C. Street NW, Washington, DC 20240
Rules & Regulations
The Historical Commission has adopted rules and regulations to facilitate administering the Building Demolition Permit Review bylaw. These rules and regulations clarify the process and make it clearer to applicants when a demolition review is applicable; what information is needed; and sets a clear timetable for Commission action. Click here for an overview and details of the Demolition Permit Review process.
To view the Historical Commission's Local Historic District Regulations, adopted in February of 2015, please click here. For a fee schedule associated with these regulations, please click here.
The Historical Commission is supported by the Department of Planning & Community Development.
- John Ventresco, Vice Chair (2018)
- Timothy Hurley, Chair (2016)
- Greg Strange (2017)
- Paul Panaikas (2018)
- Amy Spencer (2017)