About the National Historic Landmarks Program

A National Historic Landmark is a historic building, site, structure, object, or district that represents an outstanding aspect of American history and culture.   National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.  Today, fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction.

NHLs may:

  • be a location with the strongest association with a turning point or significant event in our nation's history.
  • be the best location to tell the story of an individual who played a significant role in the history of our nation.
  • be an exceptional representation of a particular building or engineering method, technique, or building type in the country
  • provide the potential to yield new and innovative information about the past through archeology.

The National Historic Landmarks Program is a Federal designation program.

Please see the National Park Service website for more information on the National Historic Landmarks Program.