Historic & Cultural Resources


Black Tavern Barn Restoration, Dudley, MA

Funding Opportunities

The Heritage Transaction Fund is a new small-grant program for non-profits, towns and cities in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. The grants will be awarded to projects that will permanently protect significant historic properties or structures, agriculture or forested lands, important wildlife habitat or open spaces suitable for passive, nature-based recreation. The grant funds can be used for closing costs such as filing fees, title work, attorney fees, surveys, appraisals and other costs associated with projects that are “nearing the home stretch” but need additional funds to complete the deal.

Click here for the grant parameters and information about how to apply. The grant application deadline is June 14.

2018 Historic and Cultural Resource Grant applications are now available. The grants are designed to help organizations and municipalities with projects that preserve, protect, interpret, promote or market historic and cultural resources in The Last Green Valley. Grants may range from $500 to $4,000 and must be matched 1:1 with cash or in-kind contributions.

Click here for the grant parameters and information about how to apply. The grant deadline is July 26.

2017 Small Grants Program for Sharing and Preserving Our Heritage

TLGV has awarded $15,000 in grants to six local organizations to preserve, protect, interpret, promote or market historic and cultural resources. Since TLGV began awarding historic and cultural grants in 2003, more than $1 million has been disseminated to local nonprofits and towns in the National Heritage Corridor. For many organizations, the funding is the necessary step toward completion of their projects.

Grants were awarded to the Aspinock Historical Society of Putnam  for its ongoing restoration of Cady Copp Cottage, the oldest standing building in Putnam; the Eastford Historical Society to preserve an original 1868 map, create a digital image, a preservation master and create a reproduction for display and handling by researchers; the Lisbon Trails Committee to design signage for the Burnham Tavern property and further develop the trail system on the property; the Thompson Historical Society for the purchase of equipment to aid in ongoing digitization of its extensive historical collections; Thompson Together  for the restoration of seven of Thompson’s historic cemeteries; and the Windham 4-H Foundation for the repair of a historic fireplace and chimney in the main lodge of the Pomfret Center Camp.

Learn more about the 2017 grant projects.

Letters of Support

TLGV may support projects and initiatives that are  consistent with our mission and federal legislation, consistent with one or more major goals of our  planning documents and annual work plans, and requested by a public agency or nonprofit organization, or a private entity that is seeking funds or technical assistance from a public agency or nonprofit.

Requests for letters of support should be made to the Executive Director, who will decide if a letter of support from The Last Green Valley, Inc. is consistent with this policy.  A letter will be prepared by the Executive Director and sent in a timely fashion. Letters of support will be reported to the Board of Directors.

Development Projects

TLGV periodically receives requests for comments on projects that may affect the National Heritage Corridor’s natural, historic, or cultural resources. TLGV may, in its discretion, provide comments to federal or state agencies in certain instances.  Click here for the Board's Development Policy.

History is Our Story in The Last Green Valley

TLGV history is our storyTo help preserve and pass on compelling stories, The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) organizes  quarterly programs to share the many resources  in the National Heritage Corridor’s 35 towns.

These quarterly Historic Collaborations are proudly sponsored by Savings Institute Bank & Trust.

Route 169 National Scenic Byway - Management Plan Update

Route 169 is a bi-state highway that begins


in Norwich, CT, then passes through the towns of Lisbon, Canterbury, Brooklyn, Pomfret, and Woodstock, then into the Massachusetts city of Southbridge and ends in the town of Charlton.

Today, the state and national significance of Route 169 rests primarily in its intimate scenic character and historic features and points of interest. Stone walls, mature trees, colonial village centers, industrial-era mill villages, farmsteads, and consistent patterns of land use over time, allow the traveler to sample the landscape and culture of southern New England.
TLGV participated in the development of an updated management plan that was approved by the Northeastern CT Council of Government's member towns in December 2016.  Click here for the NECCOG webpage containing the updated plan and more information about the Route 169 National Scenic Byway.

And More

Learn all about our Notable and Notorious characters - historically interesting people from The Last Green Valley.


It’s a “common!”  No, it’s a “green!”  Find out why in For the Common Good - A Guide to the Historic and Scenic Town Commons & Greens of The Last Green Valley.


Did you know?

The Last Green Valley is home to 278 properties and historic districts that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. We also have 5 National Historic Landmarks. Learn more about these listings and properties on the National Park Service website.

Hundreds more properties are listed on the Connecticut and Massachusetts state registries.  Find out more about Connecticut State Register of Historic Places and the Massachusetts Historic Commission with it searchable online database.


What do you want The Last Green Valley to look and feel like in twenty years?
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