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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2015

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

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

Three properties added to NH State Register of Historic Places

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is pleased to announce that the State Historical Resources Council has added three more properties to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.

The State Register helps to promote the significance of many historic properties across New Hampshire. Benefits of being listed on the State Register include:

  • Special consideration and relief from some building codes and regulations;
  • Designation of a property as historical, which is a pre-qualification for many grant programs, including Conservation License Plate grants and New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) grants; and
  • Acknowledgment of a property’s historical significance in the community.

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

The Reuben Whitten House in Ashland is a modest building with an unusual story. 1816, “The Year without a Summer,” had snow in June and killing frosts every month. Despite these weather challenges, Whitten managed to raise 40 bales of wheat on a south-facing slope at his farm and dry it on the hearth of this house. He shared this bounty with his neighbors, many of whose crops had failed, and he is still remembered for his generosity nearly 200 years later.

The Bristol Fire Station served as the first purpose-built fire station in town from 1889 to 1974. It is a physical representation of Bristol’s growth and the need for and expansion of town services. Now home to the Historical Society, the building retains its 19th century hose-drying tower as well as the 1953 addition that was built to accommodate new equipment.

The Samuel Haley Farm in Epping is an excellent example of the evolution of a family farmstead from 1765 through the 1950s. It includes many outbuildings as well as a farmhouse that still has its original 1760s Georgian framing, Federal style details from the 1830s and Greek Revival style updates from the 1850s. Highly productive in the 19th century, the farm’s land and buildings encompass the history of agriculture in Epping.

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 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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