Cultural Landscapes

“I get excited by landscape.”  –Adrienne Kennedy

Our nation has a rich legacy of cultural landscapes – from scenic parkways to battlefields, designed gardens to vernacular homesteads, to industrial communities and prehistoric settlements. The NPS Cultural Landscapes Program guides the stewardship of significant landscapes through research, inventory, planning, stabilization, treatment and preservation maintenance. Cultural landscapes are properties with historic significance and integrity that are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service recognizes four types of cultural landscapes: historic designed landscapes, historic vernacular landscapes, ethnographic landscapes and historic sites. Cultural landscapes are listed in the National Register as either historic districts or historic sites.