HARTFORD, Ala. (WDHN)—With Christmas around the corner, one wiregrass city will soon receive important state recognition.

Recently, Alabama Historical Society members came to Hartford and fell in love with the city’s downtown square. Mayor Neil Strickland says they were impressed with the buildings and many of the storefronts which date back to the early 1900s.

The Historical Society has proposed to receive funding from the National Park Service to become a historic district. It would be the first such designation in Geneva County.

Early in 2023, Mayor Strickland says the historical society is expected to poll city businesses on their thoughts of becoming a historic district. A simple majority will allow the designation.