We spend countless hours researching, visiting and documenting America's oldest places, sites and things. Historic towns are where you'll find most of America's oldest attractions. We give you a firsthand look at these fascinating historic locations by sharing our own photos and much more. These oldest locations are full of captivating history. Amazingly, some are older than America itself. If you're enticed by U.S. history then these are the sites to visit. Most of these oldest sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of America's historic places worthy of preservation. Over 95,000 properties are listed on the National Register which represents nearly 2 million contributing resources. These resources include National Historic buildings, sites, structures, objects, estimated 200 landmark districts and 2,600 National Historic Landmarks including over 600 natural landmark sites.
The criteria for selecting these oldest places and sites is as follows: They must be still in use today from the original established date, structure, footprint and purpose. Listed in no particular order.