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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 22, 2016

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

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

Two 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 two individual properties to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.

The State Register has helped 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:

In 1929, Frederick Shepard, Jr. – uncle of astronaut Alan B. Shepard – donated a Colonial Revival building to house the Taylor Library, which began across the street in Upper Village Hall through bequests from Harriet and Emma Taylor. In addition to offering expanded space, the new building included modern heating and electrical systems. The library is also part of the East Derry Historic District, which was listed to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Chase's Mill in Alstead is a rare early-20th century water-powered mill, built in 1912 from the remains of buildings dating back to 1765 when the town’s Mill Hollow section was a small industrial village. Massachusetts architect William Hartley Dennett built the mill, after moving to Alstead to pursue a "back-to-the-land" lifestyle that was in line with his work in the Arts and Crafts movement and his interest in Colonial history. Dennett used lumber from this traditional mill in several area Colonial Revival buildings he designed.

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 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 nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling 603-271-3483.

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