What is an Easement?

The principal activity of the Foundation is to conduct a Scenic, Open Space, and Architectural Facade Easement (“Conservation Easement”) program. Under the Conservation Easement program, owners of properties in the Georgetown area grant to the Foundation deeds of easement in which the owners agree, in relation to their properties, to preserve the nature of the Historic District of Georgetown.

In a Conservation Easement, the owner relinquishes rights to subdivide the property, to alter or demolish present structures or build new ones.  The Conservation Easement is legally binding and granted in perpetuity. Once it is recorded, the Conservation Easement becomes part of the chain of title running with the land and binds future, as well as current, property owners. Thus, a Conservation Easement helps preserve the character of Historic Georgetown for future generations to enjoy.