Historic Preservation for Eastern Panhandle Area Realty Professionals


The Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Culture & History, National Association of Preservation Commissions, Charles Town Historic Landmarks Commission,  Harpers Ferry Historic Landmarks Commission, Shepherdstown Historic Landmarks Commission  will present a continuing education workshop on October 27, 2016 at the Inn at Charles Town. The event is open to all Eastern Panhandle area Real Estate professionals who upon completion of the workshop will receive 3.5 hours of continuing education credits through the West Virginia Real Estate Commission. The focus of the program is to provide real estate professionals with background and information on the importance of historic preservation and guided resources on marketing and promoting historic structures and properties in the area. Registration for this event is free with complimentary refreshments and lunch provided.

Where & When


  • 8:00 – 8:30
  • 8:30 – 8:45
  • 8:45 – 9:15
    What does Historic Mean: Why historic preservation and historic zoning matter. How is historic zoning an advantage to selling a property. Robin Zeigler
  • 9:15 –9:45  Federal Support
    Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation: The National Park Services Standards are the basis for design guidelines and using financial incentives. Learn the basics and you will be able to guide buyers and pair buyers with appropriate properties. Robin Zeigler
  • 9:45 – 10:15
    Local Architecture: Lean about character defining features and speed through a quick intro to local architectural styles. Jennifer Brennan, West Virginia Department of Culture and History
  • 10:15 – 10:30
  • 10:30 – 11:00
    Sustainability & Energy Efficiency: There are many myths about historic buildings. Learn how they can actually be sustainable and energy efficient. Robin Zeigler
  • 11:00 – 11:30
    Financial Incentives: Learn about the tax credits and development grants and how they can help to preserve historic sites. Jennifer Brennan, West Virginia Department of Culture and History
  • 11:30 – 12:15
    How to Sell: Put together everything you have learned throughout the day in a hands-on exercise. Robin Zeigler
  • 12:15 – 12:30
    Q & A

Our Featured Speakers:

Robin Zeigler is the historic zoning administrator for the Metro Nashville Historic Zoning Commission.  She was formerly senior historic preservation planner for the Planning Division of the Salt Lake City Corporation and the preservation planner for the City of Bowling Green in Kentucky.  While in Kentucky, she served as the vice-chairperson of the state-wide non-profit, Preservation Kentucky and was an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University. Currently she is a National Alliance of Preservation Commission’s trainer (Commissioner Assistance and Mentoring Program) and serves on the Training Committee.  She is a past co-chair of the organization’s biennial conference and a former board member.  She has presented the Historic Preservation 101 for Realtors in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and West Virginia.  Currently she serves as co-chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Programming Committee.  She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University’s Public History Program where she worked for the Center for Historic Preservation and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.

Jennifer Brennan serves as the Tax Credit Coordinator and as a Development Grant monitor with the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office.  In these roles, Ms. Brennan works with property owners who are interested in the rehabilitation of historic properties, often for investment purposes.  Additionally, she works with private homeowners who are working on the rehabilitation of their private residence. In 2015, Ms. Brennan completed the National Development Council Historic Real Estate Training program, which focuses on the development process as it relates to structuring deals for the development of historic properties.  Additionally, Ms. Brennan works as the Certified Local Government Coordinator, working with city and county governments on their historic preservation ordinances.

Ms. Brennan received her Master’s degree in History with concentrations in Historic Preservation and Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro after completing undergraduate degrees in History and Historic Preservation at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.