Some heritage properties have been abandoned or left to rot due to neglect and poor management, according to a report released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP).
The group claims that in addition to being an important source of cultural and historical value, the properties can also be a place for families to spend time and be reminded of their past.
“A lot of the properties that we have have been able to track down, there’s no doubt they’re abandoned and we’re not finding any of them,” said NTHP Executive Director Chris Wigley.
“We’re not seeing the value in them.”
Wigwood told Mashable that the NTHP is working with government agencies to try to get properties in their care into the public domain.
“They have been working with us and other government agencies and they have been encouraging us to get them into the domain,” he said.
“It’s an incredibly rare opportunity for us to be able to work with the government to get those properties back in the public realm.”
The NTHP’s report notes that the average value of an American’s property was $4,000,000 in 2014.
That was a 25% increase from the previous year, according the report.
Wiggy added that some of the sites listed on the site are “very special” and the NTHP is working to make sure that any properties it manages can be preserved.
“You have to make the property work, it’s not like you’re taking it from a museum and throwing it out there,” Wigy said.
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