The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archaeological resources. Properties listed on the National Register include buildings, sites, districts, structures and objects. For private property owners, National Register listing places no restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer or disposition of property.
The following resources in Lexington are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
There are many other properties within the town that are potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. More information on the benefits of listing and the National Register listing process can be obtained from the Massachusetts Historical Commission or National Park Service websites.
In addition to attaining National Register designation, three properties in Lexington - the Buckman Tavern, Hancock-Clarke House and the Lexington Green - have been declared National Historic Landmarks. Landmarks are buildings, sites, districts, structures and objects that have been determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be nationally significant in American history and culture. Many of the most renowned historic properties in the Nation are Landmarks. Only about 2,300 of the 76,000 entries in the National Register of Historic Places have the national standing to qualify to be National Historic Landmarks.