Farm nominated for state, national historic registers

AMSTERDAM – The Sanford Stud Farm has been nominated for a position on the national and state Registers of Historic Places.

According to the state Board for Historic Preservation, 27 properties, resources and districts recently were nominated to be put on the state and national registers.

“The multi-faceted story of New York can be traced in its many distinctive buildings and unique landmarks,” Rose Harvey, commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said in a news release. “It is an honor to help preserve these unique landmarks by listing them on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.”

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, the release said. There are 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.

Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the national register.

According to the Friends of Sanford Stud Farm website – – the barn was founded by carpet-manufacturing innovator Stephen Sanford in 1870s. The farm was one of the largest and most recognized thoroughbred breeding facilities in the nation. Many of the horses raised at the farm would go on to compete at Saratoga Springs.

Only a few of the farm’s buildings remain standing, and much of the land is taken up by a shopping plaza, the website said.

The release said listing a property on the state and national registers can assist its owner in revitalizing the structure, making it eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants, and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.