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CONTACT:       Kim Trent, Executive Director, 523-8008        kimtrent@knoxheritage.org

 

 

Knox Heritage to Host Free Preservation Easement Workshop on August 18 at Historic Westwood.

 

–        National Trust Expert Will Share Details About Easement Donations and Their Benefits for Owners of Historic Property

 

 

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Knoxville, Tenn. – Knox Heritage invites the public to a free workshop on the benefits of preservation easements and how they can be a financially beneficial tool for owners of historic properties. Ross M. Bradford, Senior Associate General Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will lead the session and a light lunch will be served. The workshop will be held on August 18 at Historic Westwood (3425 Kingston Pike) at 12 noon and it is free and open to the public.

 

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Knox Heritage office at (865) 523-8008 or sending an email to hcook@knoxheritage.org. The deadline for reservations is August 17.

 

Preservation easements currently preserve thousands of historic properties across the United States–from single-family dwellings, complexes of buildings and nationally-significant historic landmarks to rural villages, cultural landscapes, farms and farmland. Preservation easements are flexible tools; they can be crafted to address the specific characteristics of a property, the property owner’s interests, and the mission, goals, and interests of the easement-holding organization. In many instances, preservation easements protect historic properties that are not under the purview of local historic

 

 

preservation laws, and in these instances, the preservation easement may well be the only protection against demolition or alteration of a property’s significant historic resources.

 

Protecting a historic property through the use of a preservation easement can have numerous benefits, including peace of mind that a cherished property is perpetually protected. In addition, owners of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places may be eligible for a federal income tax deduction and a reduction in property taxes as a benefit for donating a preservation easement on the property.

 

At the National Trust, Ross Bradford focuses primarily on enforcement issues related to the National Trust’s easement program. He also provides general corporate legal services to the organization (including support for the planned giving department’s Gifts of Heritage Program) and support for advocacy related matters affecting National Trust historic sites. Bradford received a B.A. in Political Science and English Literature from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina and the District of Columbia.

Kim Trent

Executive Director

Preserve. Restore. Transform

(865) 523-8008

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