Historic House Plaques and The Best Way to Get One

If you have ever wondered about historic house plaques for homes and how they get them, then this post will help.

According to the National Park Service, since its beginning in 1966, more than 95,000 properties that Americans believe are suitable for preservation have been recorded in the National Register.

After you have gone through the many steps of listing your historic home in the National Register of Historic Places, you will more than likely want to showcase your home with a house plaque or marker.

Learn more about house plaques and historic house signs, what they are made of and what you need to do to get one and more below!

What Do Historic House Plaques Show?

House plaques can show a few different facts about the house, but this will depend on the state and city the historic house is located in.

  • Date built
  • The individual for which the historic house is named
  • “This Property Has Been Listed In The National Register of Historic Places”.
  • “This Property Is Listed In The National Register of Historic Places”

According to the National Park Service (NPS) it has no requirements on what has to be on historic house plaques, so the choice is ultimately left up to the homeowners to decide. The NPS also recommends that you contact your State Historic Preservation Office to see if they have a preferred plaque style or wording. 

Example of a historic house plaque on a building

What Materials Are Historic House Plaques Made Of?

When you are deciding on a new house marker you will want one that is made with permanent materials, attractive and durable. House plaques / markers can be made of many materials such as…

  • Cast Bronze
  • Etched Bronze
  • Aluminum

Bronze is the most traditional plaque style, but again the decision of the material is left up the homeowner or local government in which the historic home is located.

Where Can I Get a House Plaque?

House plaques can be purchased from almost anywhere. You can find circa signs for houses for sale online at places such as Etsy, or at local shops in your neighborhood by doing a quick google search. Below are some top shops and stores to find a house plaque for your historic home that are listed on the NPS list of known shops that offer plaque services.

All-Craft Wellman Products, Inc.
4839 East 345th Street
Willoughby, OH 44094
Phone: 800-340-3899
Fax: 440-946-9648

American Sign Letters
8140 Evernia St., Unit 1
Micco, FL 32976
Phone: 877-704-5170

Arista Trophies & Awards
25 Portland Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
p 201 387-2165
f 201 387-0955

Atlas Signs and Plaques
Enterprise Drive
Lake Mills, WI 53551

Artistic Bronze
13867 Northwest 19th Ave
Miami, Florida 3054
800.330.PLAK (7525) 305.681.2876 FAX

Blue Pond Signs
4460 Redwood Hwy #9
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415) 507-0447
Fax: (415) 507-0451

Cerametallics a division of Meridian Tile Products
101 S. 30th Street Phoenix AZ 85034

Classic Bronze Resources, LLC
4628 Whispering Oak Trail
Cincinnati, OH 45247
Phone: 513-600-9048

Eagle Sign & Design Inc.
901 E. Liberty St.
Louisville, KY 40204

Equestrian Forge
222 S King St
Leesburg , VA 22075

Erie Landmark Company
637 Hempfield Hill Road
Columbia, PA 17512

Franklin Bronze Plaques
191 Howard Street Franklin, PA 16323
Toll Free: 866-405-6623
Ph: 814-346-7205 Fax: 814-346-7047

Healy Plaques
P.O. Box 4
60 New River Road
Manville , RI 02838

Iagulli Signs
2404 43rd Ave. West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Impact! Signs
26 E Burlington St
La Grange, IL 60525

Lake Shore Industries, Inc.
1817 Poplar Street
P.O. Box 3427
Erie, PA 16508-0427
(800) 458-0463

Massilion Plaque
5757 Mayfair Rd
PO Box 2539
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone 330-494-4199 ext 240 800-854-8404

Metallic Arts
914 North Lake Road
Spokane Valley, Washington 99212
Ph: 1-800-541-3200
Fx: 1-509-483-1759

Southern California Bronze Co.
337 W. Cerritos Ave.
Glendale, CA 91204

US Bronze 811 Second Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
PH: (800) 872-5155
FX: (516) 253-2328

W & E Baum
89 Bannard Street
Freehold, NJ 07728
PH: 800.922.7377
FAX: 732.866.8978

You can also find plaques on…

These stores are great options for a house marker but be aware of the type of material they are offering to make the plaque in and the customization options they offer. Homes and places listed on the National Register of Historic Places are not required to have plaques, but it is always nice to showcase your home if you’d like.


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