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Watkins-Sission home recommended for state, national historic place registers

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POTSDAM — The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of the Watkins-Sisson House to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The house was built in the mid-1860s as a residence for prominent businessman Henry A. Watkins, a critical figure in the establishment of Potsdam’s Normal School — a precursor to SUNY Potsdam. It later was owned by George Wing Sisson Sr., who was instrumental in the development of Potsdam’s lumber trade.

Listing properties on the State and National Registers can assist their owners in revitalizing the structures, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York state and the nation.

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