It’s official, the Wilsonia Historic District Amendment was approved and recorded by the NPS National Register of Historic Places.
“The Director of the National Park Service is pleased to send you the following announcements and actions on properties for the National Register of Historic Places…
CALIFORNIA, TULARE COUNTY, Wilsonia Historic District,
Roughly bounded by Pine Ln., Fern Ln., Hillcrest Rd., Sierra Ln., Kaweah Ln., Goddard Ln. and Park Rd.,
Wilsonia, Kings Canyon National Park, 95001151,
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION APPROVED, 6/01/11″
The amendment was approved on June 1st, we received an email notification on July 15th with this link listing the actions.
THANK YOU to all who wrote letters of support for the Wilsonia Historic District!
Wilsonia, through the work of the Wilsonia Historic District Trust, is in the final stages of an update to the Wilsonia Historic District with the State Office of Historic Preservation (SHPO). If approved, more cabins would be added as contributing structures to the Historic District. This will help solidify the historic status of our village. There is a hearing on the amendment to the Historic District with SHPO scheduled for Friday, July 30th at 10 am in Sacramento. In advance of that, Gus Collin, WHDT President, requests that interested cabin owners send in letters of support for the amendment to the State Office.
The letters would need to be faxed or emailed (with your letter as an attached pdf file) in by June 30th – apologies for the very short notice.
Here is a sample letter written by Jim Spitze, WHDT board secretary. Please feel free to use this as a guideline for your letter, you may copy and paste those parts which you want to use, but please try to personalize your letter.
send your letters by FAX or email to:Office of Historic Preservation
California Department of Parks and Recreation
1416 9th Street, Room 1442-7 Sacramento, CA 95814 P.O. Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 TEL: 916-653-6624 FAX: 916-653-9824 email@example.com
Wilsonia Historic District Trust
In 1996, the Wilsonia Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Contributors to the District are the oldest and most architecturally intact buildings in the community. The Wilsonia Historic District Trust provides guidance to maintain the historic district.
Wilsonia is a privately owned 100-acre village located within the Grant Grove Section of Kings Canyon National Park. The Wilsonia community is comprised of 212 buildings, mostly rustic mountain cabins, constructed between 1919 and the present. Andrew D. Ferguson subdivided the land into lots which were sold for summer home sites. An ardent supporter of Woodrow Wilson, Ferguson named the tract “Wilsonia” in honor of the President. In 1918 he sold the northeast 20 acres to a group known as the Sierra Masonic Family Club. Twenty-four cabins were built and remain the Masonic portion of Wilsonia.
Wilsonia still conveys a strong impression of a recreational mountain community from the first half of the twentieth century, retaining the rustic charm of its buildings amidst the haunting beauty of the forest landscape
For more information please contact:
Gus Collin -email
WHDT officers are: Gus Collin-President, Drew Sorensen-VP, Jim Spitz-Secretary, Sally Tripp-Treasurer, Steven Stocking-Education Committee Chair, Fran Preston-Member, Dede Virgo-Member, Jean Faszholz-Member.