National Heritage Areas
Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area
The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area covers 42 counties of central Illinois and has a mission to preserve, interpret and promote the heritage and culture of the area, in the context of Abraham Lincoln’s life in Illinois. It seeks to inform and educate, develop and interpret visitor-ready sites, create living history experiences, chronicle the evolution of the area’s landscape and extend these opportunities to the largest audience possible.
Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (GA)
The mission of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is to ensure that the recreational, natural and historical resources of Arabia Mountain and its environs are protected, connected by greenway corridors and well managed to provide citizens and future generations the opportunity to enjoy this magnificent feature of Georgia's heritage.
Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (LA)
The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area stretches across 14 parishes in south-central Louisiana and is among the most culturally rich and ecologically varied regions in the United States, home to the widely recognized Cajun culture as well as a diverse population of European, African, Caribbean and Native-American descent.
Augusta Canal National Heritage Area (GA)
Built in 1845 to harness the water and power of the Savannah River, the Augusta Canal offers history, recreation and unique experiences along its 8.5 miles of towpath and waterway.
Baltimore National Heritage Area (MD) www.baltimorecity.gov/government/heritage
The mission of the Baltimore National Heritage Area is to enhance, interpret, promote and protect Baltimore’s heritage resources for residents and visitors.
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (NC) www.blueridgeheritage.com
The mission of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is to protect, preserve, interpret, and develop the unique natural, historical, and cultural resources of Western North Carolina for the benefit of present and future generations, and in so doing to stimulate improved economic opportunity in the region.
Cache La Poudre River Corridor (CO)
Cache la Poudre River Corridor encompasses the flood plain of the Cache la Poudre River in Colorado and commemorates the contributions of the River to the development of water law in the Western United States, the evolution of water delivery systems, and the shaping of the region’s cultural heritage.
Cane River National Heritage Area (LA)
Cane River National Heritage Area in northwestern Louisiana is a largely rural, agricultural landscape known for its historic plantations, its distinctive Creole architecture, and its multi-cultural legacy. Historically this region lay at the intersection of French and Spanish realms in the New World. Today it is home to a unique blend of cultures, including French, Spanish, African, American Indian, and Creole.
Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (NY, VT)
The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership works in partnership with government agencies from New York, Vermont, and Quebec, private organizations, local communities, and individuals to coordinate and fund efforts which benefit the Lake Champlain Basin's water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources. The Partnership believes that increasing access to recreation programs and providing cultural heritage learning opportunities builds a sense of stewardship for the environmental, historic, and social resources of the basin.
Crossroads of American Revolution National Heritage Area (NJ)
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area offers a forum for initiatives on education, historical interpretation, site use and heritage tourism; and to raise popular appreciation of the historical significance of the American Revolution in New Jersey, involving local communities and other partners to revitalize historic cities and towns by reclaiming, enhancing and linking threatened Revolutionary War sites and heritage landscapes. By promoting cultural and heritage tourism we will gain national and international visibility for New Jersey’s irreplaceable Revolutionary War landscapes and sites and promote economic development.
Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Incorporated (PA) www.delawareandlehigh.org
The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a joint effort of private groups and interested citizens, county and municipal governments, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government to conserve cultural and natural resources in the five-county region of Pennsylvania that traverses the historic Delaware and Lehigh Canals.
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (NY)
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor helps preserve and interpret the historical, natural, scenic, and recreational resources reflecting its national significance and to help foster revitalization of canal-side communities.
Essex National Heritage Area (MA)
The Essex National Heritage Commission (ENHC) is the non-profit management organization for the ENHA. The Commission's mission is to promote and preserve the historic, cultural and natural resources of the ENHA. The Commission develops public/private partnerships that support the hundreds of heritage organizations and sites in the ENHA's thirty-four communities. Bringing together organizations diverse in size, budget, mission and experience, the ENHC provides a structure that respects, promotes and sustains regional resources and works to make those resources integral to residents’ lives and visitors’ experiences.
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (KS, MI) www.freedomsfrontier.org
Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area encompasses counties in both Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri. Along this border, before and during the Civil War, a defining conflict took place between the forces of slavery and freedom. This story and the continuing story of the struggle for freedom of other groups - Native Americans, African Americans, Women and Free Staters - are still reflected in the communities and landmarks of this region.
Freedom's Way National Heritage Area (MA, NH)
The Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area, includes communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that share unique historical, natural, and cultural resources. The region is home to a series of historic events that influenced democratic forms of governance and intellectual traditions that underpin concepts of American freedom, democracy, conservation, and social justice.
Great Basin National Heritage Area (NV, UT)
Great Basin National Heritage Area incorporates the classic western landscape of Nevada, Utah and the Duckwater Shoshone Reservation. The heritage of Native Americans is represented by several significant Fremont era and modern tribes including, the Shoshone, Paiute and Goshute. Ethnic communities of Serbs, Greeks, Basques and Italians survive whose ancestors provided mining enterprises within the area.
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (GA, FL, NC, SC)
Gullah-Geechee National Heritage Corridor was established to recognize the important contributions made to American culture and history by Africans and African Americans known as the Gullah/Geechee who settled in the coastal counties of South Carolina, Georgia, southeast coast of North Carolina, and northeast Coast of Florida. The distinctive culture of community is reflected in the stories, traditions, arts and crafts, culinary practices and the Creole language of the people of the corridor.
Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor (IL)
The Canal Corridor Association preserves history, protects nature and open space, and creates destinations where people can learn and have fun from Lake Michigan in Chicago to the Illinois River in LaSalle/Peru.
John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (MA, RI)
The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America's first successful textile mill. This creative spark began the nation's transformation from Farm to Factory. Today, the Blackstone River Valley is a special type of National Park - a living landscape containing thousands of natural, cultural and historic treasures.
Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area (MD, PA, VA, WV) www.hallowedground.org
Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area is a treasure trove of history—Native and African-American sites, restored architectural gems, Presidential homes, and the greatest concentration of Civil War battle sites in the country—but the land is also alive with vibrant downtowns, rich agriculture and an abundant bounty of wineries, inns, beds-and-breakfasts, fairs and antique dealers.
Kenai Mountains - Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area (AK)
This area highlights the experience of the Native Alaskans, Russians, explorers, gold miners, and settlers who traveled through the branching valleys and over the waters of this rugged mountain corridor. Public land designations, most extensively the Chugach National Forest, but also State and National Parks, have preserved this scenic landscape as viewed by early travelers. In the new heritage area, the isolated historic communities that developed around transportation and the Gold Rush are dwarfed by the sweeping landscapes, by the magnificence of the mountains and the strength and dominance of nature. The people of the corridor communities share a sense that it is a special place. Five communities have developed museums where visitors can become better acquainted with the diverse history of America's youngest frontier.
Lackawanna Heritage Valley National Heritage Area (PA)
The Lackawanna Heritage Valley works with partners to develop places, programs, and museums all focused on celebrating Pennsylvania's pivotal role in America’s Industrial Revolution.
Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MS)
Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area was virgin wilderness and swamp at the turn of the twentieth century, cleared for cotton and plantation life by the 1930's, dominated by politically powerful gentleman planters, peopled by Black sharecroppers, Italian immigrants, Chinese, Lebanese and Jewish merchants. It is the home of the Blues, Gospel, soul food, the civil rights movement. It was home to Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, Clifton Taulbert, Shelby Foote, and Hodding Carter. It is where Teddy Roosevelt saved the original "Teddy Bear," and where Elvis Presley learned to dance and sing and drive a Cadillac.
Mississippi Gulf National Heritage Area (MS)
Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area is a six-county area within the Mississippi Coastal Plain that borders the Gulf of Mexico. This cultural landscape has been shaped by the coastal and riverine environment and a number of ethnic influences, including those of early Native Americans and Spanish, French, and English settlers. The area contains a rich assortment of cultural and historical resources related to these cultures, in addition to spectacular natural, scenic, and recreational resources.
Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area (MS)
Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area covers 30 counties and represents a distinctive cultural landscape shaped largely by the dynamic intersection of Appalachian and Delta cultures. Lasting contributions to our country’s musical and literary legacies were forged by Hills natives Elvis Presley, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Howlin’ Wolf, and Tammy Wynette. The heritage area seeks to interpret and share the stories of these individuals, as well as the legacies of Civil Rights pioneers James Meredith and Ida B. Wells-Barnett.
Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area (UT)
Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area stretches through six counties along the Highway 89 corridor in southern Utah. The region is recognized for its dramatic landscapes including Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion National Parks. It is also known for a string of communities along the axis of the corridor that reflect the experience of Mormon colonization. Each community is marked by the town planning principles of the time and the distinctive buildings of the Mormon faith. This setting tells story of the native peoples and the early settlers who farmed, ranched, logged and mined in this part of the state.
MotorCities National Heritage Area (MI)
MotorCities National Heritage Area is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and promoting the automotive and labor heritage of the State of Michigan. Programs and activities are designed to increase tourism throughout the State of Michigan; develop and deploy educational and informational programs that tell the story of the automobile industry and labor in our region; and encourage revitalization.
Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area (AL)
The Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area examines the area's long history relating to Native Americans, industry, transportation and music.
National Aviation Heritage Area (OH)
National Aviation Heritage Area in southwestern Ohio builds upon existing partnerships among the Federal, State, and local governments and the private sector that focus their efforts on preserving and interpreting historic aviation resources. The area will be managed by Aviation Heritage Foundation Incorporated, a non-profit organization.
National Coal Heritage Area Authority (WV)
The mission of the National Coal Heritage Area is to preserve, protect, and interpret lands, structures, and communities associated with the coal mining heritage of West Virginia.
Niagara National Heritage Area (NY) www.nps.gov/nifa
The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area stretches from the western boundary of Wheatfield, New York to the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario, including the communities of Niagara Falls, Youngstown and Lewiston. The region is home to natural wonders, rich cultural traditions and nationally significant historical sites.
Northern Plains National Heritage Area (ND)
Northern Plains National Heritage Area stretches almost the length of the remaining free-flowing Missouri River in North Dakota, in the ancient homeland of the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians, where agriculture has flourished for at least eight centuries. The natural and scenic beauty of the buttes, breaks and woody draws along the Missouri are enhanced by the cultures and the history that share them.
Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area (NM)
Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area is located in Northern New Mexico, stretching from Santa Fe to Taos and includes the counties of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos. It encompasses a mosaic of cultures and history, including eight Pueblos and the descendants of Spanish ancestors who settled in boundaries are many significant historic sites and a cultural landscape that reflects long settlement of the region, including the Taos Pueblo, which has been recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway (OH)
The Ohio and Erie Canalway in northeast Ohio was constructed to provide transportation between the Eastern seaboard and the Western frontier. It helped advance westward expansion and made Ohio a booming area. Today the Ohio and Erie National Heritage Canalway is a place to explore the past, present and future with scenic byways, canal towns, rivers and lakes, and industrial landscapes.
Oil Region National Heritage Area (PA)
Oil Region National Heritage Area tells the stories of Colonel Edwin Drake's drilling of the world's first successful commercial oil well in 1859 and the legacy of the petroleum industry, which even now continues to shape daily life, industry, economy, society, and politics. The 708-square-mile Oil Region includes oil artifacts, scenic Victorian valley and riverbed communities, plateau developments, farmlands and woodlands, and industrial landscapes.
Quinebaug & Shetucket River Valley National Heritage Area (CT, MA)
The Quinebaug and Shetucket River Valley National Heritage Area embraces numerous towns, villages and a total population of about 300,000. Citizens, businesses, nonprofit cultural and environmental organizations, local and state governments, and the National Park Service work together to preserve and celebrate the region's cultural, historical and natural heritage.
Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area (PA)
The Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area reveals how one region, in a sustained and thunderous blast of innovation, ambition and fire, forever changed America and its place in the world. It is the story of the industrialists and the workers who pushed an infant industry to it ultimate limits and in doing so pushed the world into the Age of Steel.
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (CO)
The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area contains the largest sand dunes in North America with some species of insects not found anywhere else in the world. Culturally, the Valley has Hispanic traditions dating back centuries. The National Heritage Area preserves these traditions before they are lost.
Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area (PA)
The Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area celebrates the rich culture and history of the Schuylkill River watershed as one of America's most significant cultural and industrial regions. The boundaries of the Heritage Area cover the Schuylkill River watershed in Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District (VA) www.ShenandoahAtWar.org
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District works with partners to preserve the Valley's Civil War battlefields and share its Civil War story with the region and the nation.
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (IA)
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area preserves and tells the story of American agriculture and its global significance through partnerships and activities that celebrate the land, people, and communities of the area. Silos & Smokestacks is a 37-county region in Northeast Iowa covering over 20,000 square miles.
South Carolina National Heritage Corridor (SC) www.sc-heritagecorridor.org
The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor extends 240 miles across South Carolina, stretching from the mountains of Oconee County, along the Savannah River, to the port city of Charleston. The area describes the evolution of upcountry and lowcountry life, from grand plantations and simple farms to mill villages and urban centers, and how their history affected South Carolina as a state and America as a nation.
South Park National Heritage Area (CO)
The South Park NHA proposal initially identified some 19 working ranches along 30 miles of stream corridor and 17,000 acres of wetlands and agricultural lands in the headwaters of the South Platte River.
Path of Progress National Heritage Tour Route (PA) www.nps.gov/papr
This 500-mile route travels through nine counties of southwestern Pennsylvania and features hundreds of sites relating to the nation’s industrial story.
Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area (TN)
The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area tells the whole story of the Civil War, emancipation, and Reconstruction. Its focus includes national battlefields as well as historic houses, museums, cemeteries, churches, towns, and neighborhoods significantly associated with the state's diverse Civil War heritage.
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, Inc (CT, MA)
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area is located in northwestern Connecticut and western Massachusetts and is noted for its picturesque landscape, the meandering Housatonic River and traditional New England towns. The early history of the area was marked by the Revolutionary War, early industrialization and deforestation followed by a long history of reclamation and conservation. Writers, artists and vacationers have visited the region for 150 years to enjoy its scenic wonders and artistic festivals, making it one of the country's leading cultural resorts.
Wheeling National Heritage Area (WV)
The Wheeling National Heritage Area celebrates the city’s dramatic setting along the Ohio River, providing experiences in Victorian architecture, waterfront park development, historic city markets, renovated industrial buildings featuring retail shops, restaurants and interpretive exhibits, and West Virginia Independence Hall, the birthplace of the state of West Virginia during the Civil War.
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area (AZ)
Located in the southwestern corner of Arizona, Yuma served as a vital crossing of the Lower Colorado River in the 19th Century and an innovator of water management and desert agriculture in the 20th Century. The Heritage Area’s mission is to conserve and enhance the Colorado River, the historic downtown, but most importantly, its sense of place in a rapidly changing community.