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The Department of Cultural Resources (DCR) became the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (DNCR) on July 1, 2017 when its divisions, the State Library, State Arts Council and Division of Historical Resources, merged with the Division of Parks & Recreation and the Division of Forests & Lands, formerly of the now-dissolved Department of Resources & Economic Development. The Film Office joined the Department of Business and Economic Affairs on July 1, 2018.

This website serves as an archive of press releases and other information created by the DCR prior to the formation of the DNCR and continues to serve as an important information resource.

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Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
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Mary Kate Ryan, NH Division of Historical Resources

NH State Register of Historic Places adds three properties

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is pleased to announce that the State Historical Resources Council has added three 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:

The Acworth Horse Sheds on the town common accommodated the “parking” needs of those visiting the town hall or the Congregational Church. Built in the 1820s, the nine-bay timber frame horse sheds are a rare surviving example of a building type once common in New Hampshire.

Constructed in 1908 near the Belmont Mill during the peak in popularity for local brass bands, the Belmont Bandstand, with its ornate design – including gingerbread details – still serves as a center for entertainment in the community. In part to celebrate the bandstand’s listing to the State Register, Belmont is hosting a Heritage and Preservation Fair on May 21.

The George Washington Noyes House in Gorham is an excellent example of Queen Anne architecture and is one of three houses built on Soldier Hill after an 1879 fire devastated the adjacent downtown. Noyes was a career railroad man who worked his way up from road builder to master engineer; this architect-designed house reflects his rise in status.

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

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 or by calling 603-271-3483.




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