On-line Auction of N.H. Crafts, Services, Experiences and More

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Sleep in a yurt. Tour a castle, or royal governor’s or president’s home. Win tickets to moose tours or swan boat rides. How about a flying lesson or fly fishing and fly tying workshop?  You can also bid on a traditional New England dance with fiddling and calls by New Hampshire’s musical traditional arts treasures Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman, or a behind-the-scenes experience on a photo shoot with the editor of New Hampshire Home magazine.  Over 100 unique gifts, behind-the-scenes tours, get-aways and valuable preservation services will be ready for your bid starting March 27.

Looking for a gift? Enjoy stays at grand hotels, a hand-crafted item or book by a New Hampshire author. How about an energy assessment, kitchen design consultation or a barn assessment? Check out the many other special items donated by members and friends of the N.H. Preservation Alliance.

The N.H Preservation Alliance’s auction opens March 27 and runs through April 19. Auction proceeds support the Preservation Alliance’s work with its Seven to Save and old barns and farms.



2015 Town Meeting Results

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Town meetings this year so far have provided strong support for historic preservation activities in general, and mixed results for more expensive items. “While we’d love to see local leaders batting 1.000 for their well-planned projects, we know that large projects often take several years to succeed,” said Jennifer Goodman, executive director of the Preservation Alliance. “The mixed preservation outcomes are also very similar to overall results for all sorts of big projects – old and new – because of citizen concerns about budgets and spending,” she said.

We are happy to report victories in many towns around the state:

Hampton voters passed by six votes an article to appropriate $650,000 to repair and/or rebuild the 238-year-old Grist Mill Dam. 

Colebrook approved a major Main Street streetscape and roadway rehabilitation project by 249-17 votes.

Wolfeboro approved putting $200,000 toward structural repairs of the Libby Museum, built in 1912 and listed to the National Register.

Hebron voted to continue placing $100,000 annually in the Town Offices Expansion and Refurbishment Fund so that the former Hebron Academy building can be rehabilitated to continue to serve as town offices.

Funds to match an LCHIP grant to repair damage to Watson Academy in Epping (Seven to Save 2014) were included in the town’s approved operating budget.

Kensington voters approved $30,000 for a feasibility study and architectural plans for a 2-story addition to the historic town hall so that it can continue to meet the needs of both town offices and the Police Department.

In Belmont, the Heritage Commission got a boost when they received their largest allocation of town funding to date:  $5,000. 

The Preservation Alliance has assisted leaders of many of these projects.

There are also several significant landmark structures where we had hoped to see new investment and additional support did not progress at town meeting this year. 

The Dunbarton Town Hall Theater Restoration group provided a very sound planning process to re-open the historic town hall’s second floor theatre, but the $1.15 million request didn’t fly by a 2 to 1 margin. The Epsom Meetinghouse also didn’t get a “yes” vote on rehabilitation of the former church for town offices, though community support to move it and save it from demolition was strong in 2007.

For the third time, a multi-year rehabilitation proposal for the historic town hall in Washington was narrowly defeated, and a very close vote is expected in Bradford, where voters will decide on March 21 on a bond to rehabilitate their vacated town hall. 

Please send additional town meeting news to Maggie Stier at, and check back for updates as we gather results and collect insights from local advocates.  


Registration Open for April 17 Conference

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Sign up now for our April 17th conference in Concord: Keeping Our Place; New Realities for Historic Preservation in New Hampshire.

Amid new trends in population, the economy, housing, transportation, and climate, this statewide gathering will raise awareness of the ways that New Hampshire is changing and what these changes mean for the preservation and protection of our historic buildings and community character. 

Through workshops, lectures, tours, and more, participants will learn from experts and see examples of how communities and organizations can leverage their historic assets to strengthen local economies, promote social interaction, and build a more resilient future.  Specific topics will include collaborations with conservation, agriculture and planning efforts; challenges and opportunities in historic downtowns; and new models for both municipalities and non-profits to manage and protect historic properties.  

Reception to follow the conference from 4:30pm-6:30pm.  More info and sign-ups here.

Generous sponsors include Bedard Preservation and Restoration, Ian Blackman, LLC Restoration and Preservation, Merrimack County Savings Bank, N.H. Historical Society, Revision Energy, and Fifield Building Relocation and RestorationElizabeth Durfee Hengen Preservation ConsultantMilestone Engineering & Construction, Inc.N.H. Community Development Finance Authority, and Samyn-D’Elia Architects, PA, and BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC and Warrenstreet Architects, Inc.

Organizational Sponsors include AIA New HampshireIntown ConcordHistoric New EnglandNational Trust for Historic PreservationNew Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development Bureau of Historic SitesNew Hampshire Division of Historical ResourcesNew Hampshire Historical SocietyN.H. Land and Community Heritage Investment ProgramNew Hampshire Municipal AssociationNew Hampshire Vibrant Communities, Plan New HampshirePlymouth State University College of Graduate Studies, and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension


Opportunities to Support Preservation

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Please help the Preservation Alliance advocate for historic resources. Here are two timely opportunities:

Historic Places and Energy Projects: Input for Site Evaluation Committee Rule-Making -- The Alliance is offering recommendations to the state’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) which reviews, approves and monitors electric transmission, wind and other types of energy developments. Our goal is to help clarify and improve their processes related to historic resources. Contact Jennifer Goodman at if you have questions or are interested in submitting comments before the upcoming March 13, 2015 rule-making deadline.   Information about the current rule-making project is at

Supporting Full, Dedicated Funding for LCHIP in State Budget: Consider opportunities to share with both new and long-time legislators  how LCHIP has – and, more importantly, will -- help your special places, your community, its people and its economic vitality. We are very pleased that Governor Maggie Hassan’s budget included full funding for the program and many legislative leaders have spoken out in support of the program or against raiding dedicated funds. The budget will face many pressures as it proceeds through the House and Senate, and we need your help to advocate for LCHIP at key points over the next 3-4 months of the process.

Ways you can help:

  • Attend an upcoming public hearing on the(WHOLE) budget and offer oral or written comments.
  • 3/5/2015 4:00 PM Representatives Hall, State House, Concord
  • 3/9/2015 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kennet High School Auditorium, 409 Eagles Way, North Conway
  • 3/9/2015 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Derry Town Hall, 14 Manning Street, Derry
  • Invite your legislators to see an LCHIP project in your community.
  • Send a note or email to your legislators.

Contact Jennifer Goodman at for more information or to share your plans.   To find the name of your legislators, go to  The Finance Committee members are listed at

About LCHIP: The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program’s dedicated source of funding is used to protect and revive historic buildings and cultural resources and protect important natural resources. Revenue is derived from a fee collected on recorded documents at registries of deeds.  There is an enormous demand and need for the program. To date, LCHIP funds have helped 142 New Hampshire communities revive 159 historic structures and sites and conserve 264,000 acres to date. And, LCHIP is very effective at stimulating community investment from other sources.  Over the program's lifetime, $258 million public and private resources have followed LCHIP seed grants ($30.0 million) - over $8 dollars for each $1 of LCHIP contribution.


Declaration of Independence Signer House Is Now For Sale

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Ruth Albert has struggled for years to decide on the best long-term stewardship strategy for a house that has been in her family for seven generations. Recently the house was listed for sale, and when a new buyer for the colonial home is found, the property of Josiah Bartlett, second signer of the Declaration of Independence, will be leaving the family for the first time since 1774. See more in a profile in the March/April issue of Yankee Magazine. Also check out the WMUR-TV Chronicle piece on the place here.

The Josiah Bartlett House was built on The Plains in Kingston in 1774, and has remained in the family since then. It is one of only 23 National Historic Landmarks in New Hampshire, and stands in a local historic district along the town common on approximately 20 acres of fields and woodlands. No family members are available to purchase the property, and Albert, now retired, and her husband, have decided on a smaller property.  

Realtor Donna Carter notes that the property is well-suited for a bed and breakfast or history enthusiasts.  Albert is working with the N.H. Preservation Alliance on a preservation easement for the house that mirrors elements of the local historic district’s protection. Other New Hampshire National Historic Landmarks include homes of Daniel Webster, Franklin Pierce and Robert Frost.

About Josiah Bartlett:

The young Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795) moved to Kingston from Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1750 to establish a medical practice. When Kingston suffered a second outbreak of “throat distemper” in 1754, Dr. Bartlett discovered a successful treatment with quinine. In that same year, he married his cousin Mary Bartlett (1730-1789). They had twelve children, eight of whom lived to adulthood. Three of Bartlett’s sons became physicians; Dr. Levi Bartlett (1763-1828) lived in the homestead.

An active patriot, Josiah Bartlett became involved in Colonial era politics and was a vocal critic of the British policies. In 1774, he was chosen as one of the two delegates from New Hampshire to the First Continental Congress. He was unable to serve that year however, because his home was destroyed by fire, thought to have been set by British loyalists, and re-building his home required his attention. However, in 1775 and 1776, he travelled to Philadelphia as a member of the Congress and was the first to vote for the Declaration of Independence and the next to sign after John Hancock. He brought a linden tree back with him from Philadelphia, and it grows large and strong today in front of the house where he planted it, nearly 240 years ago. It blooms each year around the Fourth of July.

Despite not being a lawyer, Bartlett became involved in the judicial system. He was appointed to the N.H. Supreme Court and became Chief Justice in 1788. He remained active in the medical field and received an honorary MD from Dartmouth College in 1790. During the final years of his life, Josiah Bartlett served as the fourth Governor of New Hampshire from 1790 to 1794.

About the property:

The large home was built in 1774 and “updated” in the 19th century with Greek Revival detailing. A historic barn also stands on the property. 

Realtor Donna Carter is handling the sale. Her number is 603-770-0516.


Celebrate Preservation Awards May 12

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To honor outstanding work in its field, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance will celebrate excellence in restoration and stewardship, rehabilitation and adaptive use, compatible new construction, public policy, and educational and planning initiatives at its celebration on May 12, 2015 at the Concord City Auditorium. We welcome this opportunity to recognize outstanding projects and people while inspiring others,” said the Preservation Alliance’s Executive Director Jennifer Goodman. 

Last year’s winners featured the work of Historic Harrisville and Patricia Meyers as well as the rescue and restoration of the Webster Stagecoach Stop & Store in Danville; the restoration of the Allenstown Meeting House; the rehabilitation of a Main Street building in Ashland for Squam River Studiosthe revitalization of Dearborn Memorial Hall/Odd Fellows Hall in Manchesterthe rehabilitation of the Hillsborough Mills for the Pine Valley Lofts in Milfordthe stewardship of Stark Park, Manchester; and the outstanding design of new addition for the Milford Readiness Center.

In previous years, the Preservation Alliance has presented awards for PSNH’s and PC Connection’s renovations of historic buildings for corporate headquarters, the restoration of the Acworth Meetinghouse, Gorham Town Hall and the Gregg Free Library in Wilton, the rescue of Daniel Webster Farm in Franklin and the Wentworth-by-the-Sea hotel in New Castle, residential property revitalizations by NeighborWorks Greater Manchester, the re-use of the Plymouth Railroad Station, the proactive policies of the Lighthouse Kids, Gunstock Mountain Resort and Gunstock Mountain Historic Preservation Society, and the Troy, Moultonborough and Goffstown heritage commissions.

Generous program sponsors to date include Eames Partnership, Hutter ConstructionMascoma Savings BankMerrimack County Savings BankMilestone Engineering & Construction, Inc., and North Branch Construction.

Sponsors this past year were Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green, Preservation Company, Common Man Family of Restaurants, Dakota Properties, Inc., Great Bridge Properties, North Branch Construction, Inc., Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Preservation Consultant, Thurston Millwork and CMK Architects, P.A. 



Use of Barn Tax Incentive Continues to Grow

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Eighty-eight towns and cities in New Hampshire are now using the state's tax incentive program to encourage historic barn preservation. According to data collected by the N.H. Department of Revenue Administration, by the close of 2014, 480 historic structures were enrolled in the program. RSA 79D authorizes towns and cities to grant property tax relief to barn owners who can demonstrate the public benefit of preserving their barn or other older farm buildings, and agree to maintain them throughout a minimum 10-year preservation easement.

Randolph was the newest municipality to join the program. Meredith and Rumney joined the previous year.  Peterborough continues to lead the state with the number of structure protected at 23, with Deerfield and Plainfield tied for second at 18, and Cornish and Kensington tied for third at 17 each. Hopkinton, Concord, Fitzwilliam, Orford, Alton, Loudon, Lyme, New Boston and Sandwich all have ten or more structures aided and protected.

“We are encouraged that the use of the barn tax incentive program continues to grow,” said Beverly Thomas, Program Director, New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. “People across the state and their municipal leaders understand the significance of these historic structures, the opportunities to continue to use them in creative ways, and the value these barns bring to the scenic landscape of their communities,” she said.

Modeled after the state's open space discretionary easement program, the barn tax incentive allows municipalities to grant property tax relief to barn owners who can demonstrate the public benefit of preserving their barns or other old farm buildings while agreeing to maintain their structures through a 10-year renewable easement. In return, the local selectboard or city council provides tax relief of 25% to 75% of the full assessed value of the building and the land underneath it. In addition, the assessment will not increase as a result of maintenance or repair work that is performed while the easement is in effect.

Carl Schmidt, chair of the N.H. Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee, is encouraged by the continued growth of the program but also noted that "this important tool is still under-utilized and I hope that more barn owners and municipalities embrace this opportunity to help save an essential part of our state’s character."  He commented that municipalities with strong barn preservation advocates or an active heritage commission or other group that helps guide selectboards or city councils make a big difference in the use of this tool.

 Barn owners interested in applying for the incentive to become effective in the coming tax year need to apply by April 15, 2015. Also of note is that easements that went into effect in the third year of the program (2005) for a ten-year term will expire on March 31, 2015. Property taxes on the relevant structures may then increase unless the easements are renewed.  Applications for renewal, like new applications, must be submitted to your local Selectboard on N.H. DRA form PA-36-A no later than April 15, 2015.

Applications can be obtained from your town office or download an information packet with application from the Alliance’s web-site or call 603-224-2281. Applications are also available at

Additional features of the comprehensive barn preservation initiative directed by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources and the Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee include barn assessment grants, publications, tours and workshops, an information network, and a voluntary survey program. The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is the state's nonprofit membership organization committed to preserving historic buildings, communities and landscapes through leadership, education and advocacy. The New Hampshire Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee was established by state legislation in 1999 to support the preservation of N.H.’s historic barns and agricultural structures. The committee is comprised of representatives from state agencies, non-profit organizations and agricultural leaders.

Interested in a Road Map to Repair or Restore Your Old Barn?

 The N.H. Preservation Alliance provides competitive assessment grants for a barn preservation expert to comprehensively assess barns’ needs and issue an in-depth report.  Over 100 barn owners across New Hampshire have used these reports to address immediate stabilization and repair needs and general care and up-keep as well as tackle re-use strategies, budgeting and long-tem revitalization plans.

 The matching grants are available on a rolling basis.  Check or contact Beverly Thomas at the Preservation Alliance at (603) 224-2281 or



Planning Grants Available

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The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance announces that it is now accepting applications from non-profits and municipalities for grants to fund assessments or feasibility re-use studies of historic buildings. 

These planning grants are intended to provide a simple road map for appropriate treatments, cost estimates, and effective phasing for preservation work, or to develop re-use plans.  Over 20 projects have received funding to date, reported Maggie Stier, field service representative of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, noting that these grants have helped grant recipients make major progress toward their goals. The Players Ring in Portsmouth used the results of its assessment grant to complete roof and drainage work, insulate the building and re-negotiate their long-term lease with the City. The Middleton Heritage Commission used their assessment grant to study the Town Hall’s rare historic murals as well as overall building soundness and have received additional grants to treat the murals and the building. The Fells in Newbury completed a reconstruction of failing gutters and signature columns after receiving their assessment report on the historic summer home’s prominent veranda.  The failing porch at the Upper Village Hall in East Derry was repaired after a planning report outlined historical evidence and reconstruction standards, and today the local landmark is open to community uses again after facing the threat demolition.

The Preservation Alliance’s program is funded by a grant from the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), and is designed to assist in saving and revitalizing community landmarks by providing a strong foundation for rehabilitation and re-use projects. Outcomes include success in attracting new uses, fund-raising, and management and completion of effective preservation work. “These activities support local jobs and local economies as well,” noted Stier. “We’re so appreciative of this strategic investment from LCHIP.”

The grants underwrite the services of experienced architects and/or preservation consultants or contractors who help clients understand the history and function of the building over time and identify and assess a building’s preservation needs.  Final written reports contain prioritized recommendations and estimates for what needs to be done, how to do it, and how much it will cost.  Grant awards may range from $1,000 to $4,500, and applicants must provide a 1:1 match, although total project costs may exceed $9,000. 

There are no application deadlines for the Alliance’s grant program. Applicants can expect a decision within eight weeks of acceptance of their completed application.  Pre-requisites include a site visit from the Preservation Alliance’s staff, and a determination from the N.H. Division of Historical Resources that the building is eligible for or listed to the N.H. State Register of Historic Places or the National Register of Historic Places.  The program excludes churches because of public sector grant-making limitations.  Grant guidelines and application forms are available at or by calling the N.H. Preservation Alliance at 603-224-2281.

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is the state-wide membership organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings, communities and landscapes through education and advocacy  through other programs and assistance for old house and barn owners, community leaders and volunteers, and stewards of landmark properties such as churches, granges, and schools.


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