It will be an exciting day in Stephenville Thursday when the National Register of Historic Places hosts a designation ribbon cutting ceremony between the Erath County Arches, and a reception from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Paradigm building.

The public is invited to attend and guest speakers will include the Mayor of Stephenville, Doug Svien, and former mayor Kenny Weldon.

“This is a prestigious recognition that will help promote tourism and economic development for the city of Stephenville,” said manager of the Stephenville Tourism and Visitors Bureau Julie Crouch Smith.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. The National Register was created as part of the 1966 National Parks Service act.

The program coordinates public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. There is a criteria to how properties are considered eligible which you can find on their website www.gsa.gov/nationalregister.

There are several benefits to the community when a property has been chosen for eligibility. It is a prestigious recognition that helps promote tourism and economic development as well as local heritage education. There are benefits for the property owners also they will receive state and federal financial incentives for rehabilitation of buildings.

Stephenville already has one business that has benefited from this and that is Greer’s Ranch Café and their remodel was just recently finished.