Updated: May 12
We held our historic marker dedication in Rushville on Saturday April 29th, 2023 to commemorate the creation of the Rushville National Historic District. Thanks to everyone who was able to come out!
The Rushville Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 by the US National Park Service. It encompasses most of the original Village of Rushville and included 87 contributing buildings, although several of those buildings have been lost in the past 43 years.
Creation of this historic district was the culmination of much hard work and effort by the citizens of Rushville and its attainment is worthy of recognition and acknowledgement. The Village thanks everyone who has helped to get this prestigious distinction for our town.
Update 5/11/23: Further information on the founding of the Rushville Historic District was provided by Anita Kennedy who was the primary driver behind the project.
Anita Kennedy - inventory/nomination of Rushville to Nt’l Historic Register:
The Rushville Heritage Chapter of the Fairfield Heritage Association was formed in 1978 to take steps towards the nomination of Rushville to the National Register of Historic Places. Anita Kennedy who lived at the Rushville Theatre at that time organized the project. Ms. Kennedy, Annette Kirby, and Reverend Richard Smyers of the Rushville Chapter compiled the information submitted on the forms. Much of the history of the buildings was made known by Mrs. Ed Baker of 8580 Main Street, a ninety-year-old resident of Rushville. Once the Rushville inventory was completed and submitted to the National Register of Historic Places, Ms. Kennedy left Rushville to work for the National Architectural and Engineering Record, Pension Building, Washington, D.C. The National Register of Historic Places office was also located in the Pension Building; Ms. Kennedy was there when the nomination came through and was approved from the state level to the national level. The Rushville Historic District was officially registered November 24, 1980, and was noted in the Federal Register, Department of Interior, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places; Annual Listing of Historic Properties, February 2, 1982.
Lancaster Eagle Gazette - Rushville Dedicates New Historic Marker https://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/story/news/local/2023/04/23/rushville-preserves-history-with-marking-of-national-historic-district/70107954007/