A Program Administered By The National Park Service under the Secretary of the Interior

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s cultural resources worthy of preservation. National Register properties are distinguished by having been documented and evaluated according to uniform standards. Criteria for evaluation include quality and integrity of the site. In addition, sites are considered if they:

  a) are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; or
  b) are associated with the lives of persons significant in our past; or
  c) embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or
  d) have yielded or may be likely to yield information important in prehistory or history.

Beth Salem, the Reasoner Homestead, was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 under criterion a, b, and c. In May 1995 the home was officially listed on the National Register. A plaque recognizing this achievement hangs on the front of the building. Only 26 sites, 16 privately owned, in Manatee County carry this designation.