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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2010

Mary Kate Ryan, NH Division of Historical Resources
(603) 271-6435
marykate.ryan@dcr.nh.gov

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov

Three Francestown properties added to N.H. State Register of Historic Places

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is pleased to announce that the State Historic Resources Council has added three individual Francestown properties to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. Two of those properties were added to the Francestown Main Street Historic District, which was established in June 2008.

The State Register has helped honor the significance of many historic properties across New Hampshire. Publicly owned State Register-listed properties may be eligible for Conservation License Plate (“Moose Plate”) funds or other grants for repair and restoration.

The most recent additions to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places are:

The Samuel Nutt-Joseph Kingsbury Farm, Francestown.  The architecturally impressive brick Federal block of this house was built circa 1794 by Kingsbury and was attached to the 1767 wooden cape constructed by Nutt.  The house is an early example of brick construction in western New Hampshire, and the history of the farm shows the development of agriculture in the region.

Main Street Historic District, Francestown. Two properties were added to this district: the Caleb Weston House, a five-bay cape on Oak Hill Road; and the Town Hall (formerly the Francestown Academy), which was built in 1864 and continues to house Francestown’s municipal offices.

Anyone wishing to nominate a property to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places must research the history of the nominated property and document it fully on individual inventory forms from the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Having a property listed in the Register does not impose restrictions on private property owners. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr.

New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.

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