Historic House Marker Program
Stoneham's Historic House Marker Program recognizes houses or buildings of historical interest or age in the Town of Stoneham. The program emphasizes the importance of stewardship in maintaining older buildings. Structures are generally at least 75 years of age, but must have been built at least 50 years ago to be eligible. It should retain substantial design character. Additions and changes should be in keeping with the original style.
How does it work?
If you're interested, fill out an application for consideration by the Historical Commission. It's that simple. Currently, it is free to apply, although you do need to pay a fee to have the actual historic marker created. The Commission will review the application and decide if the structure is eligible for the program.
What if I don't know the history of my house?
We can help you research. Let us know as much as possible about your home's history (such as a deed, census info, or at least when you bought it) that can help our volunteers in conducting historical research into the background of the house.
Does this mean I can't change anything on my house?
No, the program is voluntary and doesn't place any limitations on what owners can do. That said, historic houses are treasures for the broader community and the Historic Commission urges home owners to keep the historical integrity of their home's appearance in mind when thinking of renovations.
How do I apply?
Fill out the application (PDF) below and mail it, along with a check to the Historical Commission at Town Hall (35 Central St.)
What will it look like?
The signs (roughhly 12" x 16") are white with black lettering and made of a durable PVC that resembles wood. The sign will generally list either the builder/original owner and their occupation or a later owner, if of more significant historical interest.