Edinburgh historic districts get signage

Edinburgh’s historic districts will get new signs soon.

A partnership between Indiana Landmarks and the Conover Foundation led to the Toner and South Walnut streets being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. Those organizations gave signs to the town to be placed at the entrances to both historic districts.

The Toner district runs along East Main Cross Street from the railroad tracks to White Oak Lane. The South Walnut Street district covers both sides of the street from Thompson Street to 507 and 514 S. Walnut St., plus the 100 block of West Campbell Street.

The areas are two of three in Edinburgh and part of 18 Johnson County properties or districts listed on the National Register. The Edinburgh Commercial Historic District, bounded by Thompson and Main streets, the alley north of Main Cross Street and the railroad tracks, also was added in 1991. The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government’s official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects deemed worthy of preservation.

The Edinburgh parks department will put up the signs in the two recently designated areas in the next few weeks, town council vice president Kami Ervin said.

Another partnership between Indiana Landmarks and the Conover Foundation is the Edinburgh Downtown Façade Grant Program, which is now in its fifth year. Each year, the program gives matching grants to property owners within the National Register-listed commercial district in downtown Edinburgh to make improvements to their façades. The program has completed façade rehabilitation of 10 buildings and has invested $55,536 in Conover Foundation funds, with $62,688 in local match dollars.