Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Local national park seeks proposals for adaptive use of building

Somerwell House, part of Colonial National Historical Park, in Yorktown (WYDaily/Courtesy of the National Park Service)

YORKTOWN — The National Park Service (NPS) at Colonial National Historical Park is seeking proposals for potential adaptive uses for the historic Somerwell House.

The Somerwell House, located at 401 Main Street in Yorktown, dates back to the colonial era but it is unknown what the exact date of construction was. Historians believe that the building dates back to before 1707.

In the 1930s, the Somerwell House was purchased and extensively renovated by NPS to restore its 18th century appearance. After renovations were complete, NPS used it as a visitors center and park headquarters. Since, the Somerwell House has been leased out by NPS.

The issued Request for Proposals (RFP) by NPS would allow for interested parties to submit concepts for a potential adaptive uses in consideration of the park’s purpose.

The Somerwell House is 2,628 sq. ft. and also includes a 256 square-foot stable/shed.

“The potential for adaptive reuse is a great opportunity to be a part of ongoing community efforts to revitalize historic Main Street in preparation for the 250th commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026 and the victory at Yorktown in 2031,” stated NPS.

NPS leases historic and non-historic properties within the park’s boundaries. A lease consists of allowing for activity not permitted by a concessions contract or commercial use authorization. All leases must provide for fair market value rent as pre-determined by an appraisal.

A pre-submittal open house will take place at the Somerwell House on June 11 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The park’s business manager will be available during that time to give tours and answer questions. Social distancing and face coverings will be required during the open house.

For more information on RFP, click here. For further questions, please send an e-mail to the park’s business office at:


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