Blasts From the Past
8/1/2006
This summer, tour the 12 towns where history best repeats itself.

Genealogists looking to mingle with history during their summer getaways may not have to venture far. Earlier this year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation <www.nationaltrust.org> announced its annual list of the country's Dozen Distinctive Destinations — charismatic communities across America that have successfully managed growth, preserved historic architecture, retained local businesses and fostered cultural diversity.

“These 12 communities represent a truly distinctive slice of America,” says National Trust president Richard Moe. Their residents have fought the forces of economic upheaval and modern sprawl through legislation, zoning codes and revitalization, making the following places — selected from 93 nominations — great for stepping into the past.