Elizabeth City Historic District Boundary Expansion
Welcome to the Elizabeth City Historic District Boundary Expansion portion of the Historic Elizabeth City web site. The ECHD Boundary Expansion is sometimes referred to as the Expanded West Main Street District. The Expanded West Main Street District is one of Elizabeth City's six historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places.
This web site site is adapted from the Registration Form that was submitted to the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. The Registration Form is the document that nominates a property or district for inclusion on the National Register.
This particular part of the site is not a "virtual walking tour" of the district. The walking tours highlight only a relatively small number of the most significant historic properties in a district. This is more nearly a catalog of the entire district, since it includes every property in the district. The vast majority of the text in these pages is quoted verbatim from the National Register Nomination, which is in the public domain.
In addition to the catalog of resources, this site contains the two major narrative sections from the Nomination form: The Narrative Description, and the Narrative Statement of Significance. Both narratives contain numerous references to individual properties, and links to the catalog listings for each of the referenced properties have been added for the sake of convenience.
Navigating This Site
The world-wide web provides a nearly ideal setting for a document like the National Register Nomination. The power of hypertext and hypergraphics takes the almost dauntingly rich collection of information in the nomination and allows it to be presented in a very digestible form. Nevertheless, hypertext and hypergraphics are only a method of presentation. The intellectual content of these pages was provided by Tom Butchko, who researched the District and wrote the nomination.
If you work through the four links in the list below, you'll have essentially read the Nomination in something approximating its original form. However, the new photographs add considerably to the presentation. More importantly, the ability to follow links from the narratives to the illustrated catalog (and back) makes the points in the narratives much easier to grasp.
We hope you enjoy your visit to the Expanded West Main Street District. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please use the e-mail link in the footer below to send a message to our webmaster.
About the Site
Please note that it will be a while before this part of the Historic Elizabeth City site is complete, especially with regard to photographs. Contributing structures will be given top priority.