A Historic Preservation Easement is a legal agreement between a property owner and the holder of the easement, which governs the current and future owners’ treatment of the property.
The Preservation Trust of Vermont holds 72 historic preservation easements on 108 buildings, two structures and three archaeological sites. A number of these easements are soley held by the Preservation Trust, but the majority of them are co-held with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.
The intent of the Preservation Trust of Vermont’s Easement Program is to preserve in perpetuity Vermont buildings with outstanding historic significance. By having the Preservation Trust hold an easement on a building, the property owner agrees that their property is worthy of protection and agrees to work in partnership with the Preservation Trust of Vermont over time to maintain the exceptional integrity of their building.