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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 4:21am

Ranch Homes Are 'History'

Owners of ranch-style homes in Georgia may be residing in a piece of history.

Ranch homes became eligible for the National Register of Historic Places in 2010, and about 2,000 communities and individual ranch homes across Georgia are currently listed, including the communities of Fairway Oaks in Savannah and Collier Heights in southwest Atlanta, one of the country's only neighborhoods built by and for black Americans.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports there may be as many as 300,000 ranch-home owners in Georgia.

The designation means tax incentives, consideration by state or federally funded projects as to how a project could impact the property and homeowner pride.

Every ranch is not eligible for listing, but eligibility is generally easier when applying as a community or group of homes.

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