DATASET NAME: NationalRegister


DATASET TYPE: ESRI Shapefile format




DATASET EXTENT: State of Florida


GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This data set contains the locations and basic attributes of sites, buildings, objects, structures, and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).  *NOTE: Only properties LISTED prior to the date of this dataset are contained in this layer.  Properties determined eligible, pending nomination or pending owner objection do not appear in this data set.  Information on currently listed properties can be obtained from the National Register web site at



Projection: Geographic Coordinates

Units:      Decimal Degrees

Datum:      NAD27

Spheroid:   Clarke 1866


COMPUTER HARDWARE USED: Microsoft Windows-Based PCs & Servers




DATA VERSION: August 2004: This data set updates and replaces all previous versions of the Florida Master Site File National Register of Historic Places listed data layer.


DATA CURRENCY: Data from the Florida Master Site File (FMSF) are continually updated.  New properties are added to the NRHP every month.  This data layer is only current as of the date of this document.  Contact the Florida Master Site File or visit the National Register web site at for up-to-date information.


DERIVATION METHODS FOR DATA: Two methods were used to create the polygons in this dataset.  When maps were present in the NR nomination or in the Site File folder for the resource, the polygons were created by on-screen (heads-up) digitizing in ArcMap or ArcInfo.  Scanned, georeferenced, 1:24,000 scale USGS quadrangles were used as the background reference images.  For a few offshore features (such as lighthouses and shipwrecks), georeferenced, 1:80,000 scale NOAA nautical charts were used as background reference images.  For a small minority of resources, maps were not available.  In these cases, UTM coordinates included in the NR documentation were used to generate the polygons.


DATA SOURCE: Source location data were created by the Division of Historical Resources. The boundary data are based on field recording forms, site plots and NHRP registration forms submitted to the Site File.  Additional information was gathered from the National Register Information System (NRIS).  All attribute data (with the exception of the state site number) is taken directly from the NRIS database.  NRIS data can be searched or downloaded from the World Wide Web at


**SPECIAL NOTE: There are two features listed on the NRHP for Florida that DO NOT appear in this dataset.


     NRIS REFNUM 72000337 - Tallahassee Historic District Zones I and II

          These districts have been updated and split into two individually

          listed districts.  They now appear as The Calhoun Street Historic

          District (REFNUM 79000677, State Site # LE00209) and The Park Avenue

          Historic District (REFNUM 79000681, State Site # LE00210).

     NRIS REFNUM 89001428 - HA. 19 (Japanese Midget Submarine)

          This object is no longer located in the State of Florida.  It was

          previously located in Key West.


ATTRIBUTE NOTES: With the exception of the SITEID field and GIS location, all attributes are imported, as is, from the NRIS database.  Additional information on each resource can be viewed or downloaded directly from the National Register Information System web site or by contacting the FMSF.



Name        Type       Length


SITEID      String        8

REFNUM      String        8

RESNAME     String      120

ADDRESS     String      120

RESTRICT    String        1

RETYPECD    String        1

NUMCBLDG    String        6

NUMCSITE    String        6

NUMCSTRC    String        6

NUMCOBJ     String        6

NUMNBLDG    String        6

NUMNSITE    String        6

NUMNSTRC    String        6

NUMNOBJ     String        6

PARKNMCD    String        4

CERTCD      String        2

CERTDATE    String        8

DESCOTHR    String       28

ACRE        String        9

MULTNAME    String      120

CITY        String       36

OCERTCD     String        2


SITEID: This is the official state site number assigned by the Florida Master Site File.  The state site number is an eight character string containing a two character county code, a five character numeric code, and an optional single letter character suffix (suffix letter is generally used to indicate sites that are functionally or spatially related).

REFNUM: A unique 8 digit number assigned to the resource documentation by the NRHP.  This number is the primary key for the NRIS database.  The first two digits represent the year the documentation for the resource was received.

RESNAME: Primary name for each resource

ADDRESS: Address for each resource.  Some resources, such as archaeological sites, are address restricted by the NRHP.  These resources DO still appear in this data layer.

RESTRICT: Restricted archaeological sites are marked with an "X".

RETYPECD: Type of resource.  All properties are assigned to one of the following five categories.

B = Building

D = District

O = Object

S = Site

U = Structure

NUMCBLDG: Number of contributing buildings

NUMCSITE: Number of contributing sites

NUMCSTRC: Number of contributing structures

NUMCOBJ: Number of contributing objects

NUMNBLDG: Number of non-contributing buildings

NUMNSITE: Number of non-contributing sites

NUMNSTRC: Number of non-contributing structures

NUMNOBJ: Number of non-contributing objects

PARKNMCD: If the resource is located in a National Park, this is the park alpha code.

CERTCD: Primary certification code for current status of property.  All properties in this version of the coverage will have an "LI" code for listed.

CERTDATE: Date of primary certification in the format YYYYMMDD.  For this dataset, CERTDATE represents the date the property was listed on the NRHP.

DESCOTHR: Write-in field for architectural style

ACRE: Acreage of the property.  This field is NOT GIS generated, but comes from the nomination form.  By convention, properties than 1 acre are listed as .9 acres (decimal implied).

MULTNAME: If the resource is part of a multiple property submission, multiple resource area or thematic group, the multiple name is listed in this field.

CITY: The city or town nearest to the resource

OCERTCD: This field indicates National Historic Landmark status.  A value of 'NL' for this field indicates the property is a National Historic Landmark.  All other properties will have a blank value for this item.


LIMITATIONS OF THE DATA/WARNINGS TO THE USER:  The National Register property location data are based on NR nomination forms, site forms and field reports which have been submitted by many and varied individuals, groups, institutions, and cultural resource firms.  Submissions to the Site File are sometimes accepted from amateurs as well as professionals.  The locations are only as accurate as the locational information submitted to the Site File by the site recorder.  The accuracy of submitted information cannot always be verified.


The locations of archaeological sites, historic structures, unmarked human burials, cemeteries, and other cultural features contained in this and other Site File data layers are for resource management, law enforcement, and research purposes only.  State and federal law protects archaeological remains on state or federal owned and controlled lands (section 267.13, Florida Statutes).  State law protects human burial sites on all lands (sections 872.02 and 872.05, Florida Statutes).



AL Alachua         HA Hamilton          OK Okaloosa

BA Baker           HR Hardee            OB Okeechobee

BY Bay             HN Hendry            OR Orange

BF Bradford        HE Hernando          OS Osceola

BR Brevard         HG Highlands         PB Palm Beach

BD Broward         HI Hillsborough      PA Pasco

CA Calhoun         HO Holmes            PI Pinellas

CH Charlotte       IR Indian River      PO Polk

CI Citrus          JA Jackson           PU Putnam

CL Clay            JE Jefferson         SJ St. Johns

CR Collier         LF Lafayette         SL St. Lucie

CO Columbia        LA Lake              SR Santa Rosa

DA Dade            LL Lee               SO Sarasota

DE De Soto         LE Leon              SE Seminole

DI Dixie           LV Levy              SM Sumter

DU Duval           LI Liberty           SU Suwannee

ES Escambia        MD Madison           TA Taylor

FL Flagler         MA Manatee           UN Union

FR Franklin        MR Marion            VO Volusia

GD Gadsden         MT Martin            WA Wakulla

GI Gilchrist       MO Monroe            WL Walton

GL Glades          NA Nassau            WS Washington

GU Gulf



Name:     Vincent Birdsong or Dr. Marion Smith

          Florida Master Site File

Address:  Bureau of Archaeological Research

          R. A. Gray Building

          500 South Bronough St.

          Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

Phone:    (850) 245-6440

Fax:      (850) 245-6439

Email:    General Site File:

          GIS Supervisor:

          Site File Supervisor:


Report prepared by Vincent S. Birdsong


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