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America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places: A Retrospective Guide

To mark the 30th anniversary of the America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list in 2017, we highlighted 11 once-endangered sites that are now thriving and contributing to their communities. The diverse range of places on this list reflect not only their rich history and compelling stories, but also the tireless dedication of the people who brought each place back from the brink.

  1. Photo By: Adobe Stock

    Governors Island National Monument

    From playing a pivotal role in the Revolutionary War to serving as a major United States Coast Guard installation during the mid-20th century, Governors Island was once the national’s oldest continuously used military post. The base was identified for closure in 1995, but Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, along with Governor Pataki and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, managed to save Governor’s Island and designate it as a National Monument and public park in 2001, just four years after its addition to the list. Today, the northern half of the landmark is open for public use.

  2. Photo By: Erica Abbey/President Lincoln's Cottage

    President Lincoln's Cottage

    Once a summer home for President Abraham Lincoln and other previous White House residents (including Buchanan, Hayes, and Arthur), President Lincoln’s Cottage eventually suffered the damaging effects of time, use, and stress. Though designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, the cottage fell into severe disrepair with seeping basement floors, rotting wood windows, and outdated electricity and plumbing. President Clinton designated the home as a National Monument in 2000, the same year it was added to the list. President Lincoln’s Cottage opened to the public in 2008, thanks to a $15 million restoration project led by the National Trust.

The 11 historic places we chose could not have been saved without the dedication and awareness of people who lived and worked in their surrounding communities. The National Trust celebrates each of these success stories, but we know there is still work to be done. Thousands of important places throughout the country remain endangered today. With your help, we can continue saving places that matter—support our work today.

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