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Preserving a past.  Building a future.

The Phoebus National Historic District encompasses an 86-acre section of the community and includes the historic business area on Mellen and Mallory Streets and a significant number of homes.The district was added to the Commonwealth’s Landmarks Register by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources on September 6, 2006.

On December 1, 2006 the National Park Service added the Phoebus Historic District to its National Register of Historic Places.Of the 426 buildings included in the district, 60 percent are now eligible for a combination of federal and state tax credits of up to 45 percent for qualified preservation or rehabilitation.

Historic districts have been used throughout the United States to jump-start investment in communities, and examples abound where historic districts have spurred preservation and growth.

The nomination process to become a historic district, which took about 18 months to complete, cost slightly more that $30,000 and was privately funded by the Partnership. The application was prepared by the Commonwealth Preservation Group of Suffolk and contains more than 1,200 pages of history, resource descriptions, plats and maps.

In Virginia, among the more than 2,400 properties are already listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including Fort Monroe, Fort Wool, and the Reuben Clark house in Phoebus.

To read the Phoebus Historic District nomination, click here.