Western Railroad Stone Arch Bridges and Chester Factory Village Depot is now a National Historic Landmark,
The Secretary of the Interior designated the Western Railroad Stone Arch Bridges and Chester Factory Village Depot, in Becket, Middlefield, and Chester Massachusetts, a National Historic Landmark, in recognition of the property's national significance in the history of the United States.
The Historic Sites Act of 1935 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to identify and recognize nationally significant places that best represent the American experience. Landmark designation recognizes and encourages the preservation of places that have exceptional value for commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States, for the inspiration and benefit of all Americans.
The Secretary of the Interior designates National Historic Landmarks only after careful study by the National Parks Service, extensive opportunities for public involvement, and review and recommendation by the National Parks System Advisory Board. National Historic Landmarks are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, making them eligible for the safeguards and benefits provided by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and other federal laws protecting historic properties. This designation reflects the recognition of this property as an irreplaceable part of our nation's heritage.