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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2016

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
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Drake Farm in North Hampton named to National Register of Historic Places

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is proud to announce that the Drake Farm in North Hampton has been honored by the United States Secretary of the Interior with placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Drake Farm is a relatively late example of connected farmhouses that were popular in New Hampshire in the 19th century. Today, few examples survive in such an unaltered condition. A homestead and detached barn were originally on the site, but that house was torn down in 1890 and the connected complex took on its current appearance, with a two and a half story main house, two story kitchen wing, smaller barn and large offset barn.

While the main house provided formal living spaces for generations of Drakes, the kitchen wing’s smaller upstairs bedrooms may have been used by farm laborers, servants or boarders.

Areas of the smaller barn, commonly called a “back house,” were likely used as a carriage shed, milk room, woodshed, summer kitchen or general kitchen storage area.

Throughout its history, the large barn housed cows, horses, lambs and pigs. Its walls still have the names of workers written on them as well as dated details of farm operations including plowing, potato planting, manure hauling and egg counts. A two-hole outhouse is still in place next to the grain bin.

A plaque on the property commemorates the life of Col. Abraham Drake, who served in both the French and Indian Wars and the Revolutionary War and who witnessed the surrender of Gen. Burgoyne at Saratoga.

Joshua F. Drake was the last family member to use the property as a farm. He continued to keep cows into the 1970s while he pursued a career as a master carpenter.

The Drake family sold the property in 1990, and the barns were used as retail space. More recently, the current owner participated in the federal 20 percent tax credit for rehabilitation of historic, income-producing buildings, the first time the program has been used in New Hampshire for barn rehabilitation.

Administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation and is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect our historic and archaeological resources.

Listing to the National Register does not impose any new or additional restrictions or limitations on the use of private or non-federal properties. Listings identify historically significant properties and can serve as education tools and increase heritage tourism opportunities. The rehabilitation of National Register-listed commercial or industrial buildings may qualify for certain federal tax provisions.

In New Hampshire, listing to the National Register makes applicable property owners eligible for grants such as the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program or LCHIP (lchip.org) and the Conservation License Plate Program (nh.gov/nhdhr/grants/moose).

For more information on the National Register program in New Hampshire, please visit nh.gov/nhdhr or contact Peter Michaud at the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources at 603-271-3483.

New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among its most important environmental assets. 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 nh.gov/nhdhr or call 603-271-3483.

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