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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2, 2017

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

Peter Michaud, N.H. Division of Historical Resources
(603) 271-3583
peter.michaud@dcr.nh.gov

NH cemetery named to National Register of Historic Places

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is proud to announce that the Forest Glade Cemetery in Somersworth has been honored by the United States Secretary of the Interior with placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

Forest Glade was developed as the city's primary public cemetery in 1851, after Somersworth and Rollinsford became separate municipalities. Roads, paths and landscape features wind throughout its 22 acres, making it a notable example of the mid-19th century Rural Cemetery Movement begun at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass.

Forest Glade includes a variety of structures and artifacts that chronicle more than 100 years funerary art. Classical Revival, Eastlake, Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, Italianate, Victorian Gothic and Rustic styles are all represented among the headstones, obelisks, monuments, tombs, mausoleums and well houses.

Of special note are the Furber Memorial Chapel, designed by architect Henry Vaughn to seat up to 70 people and dedicated in 1898, and the Lougee Memorial Entrance Gate, called “one of the finest cemetery gates in this part of New England” by the “Portsmouth Herald” when it was installed in 1926.

Early deeds for family lots required that suitable landmarks such as lot corners or fences be installed within six months of purchase. The removal of trees was prohibited without trustees’ permission, enhancing the cemetery’s rural feeling.

The first person interred at Forest Glade was John D. Straw, who died of consumption at age 23 in September 1852. Members from all walks of life are buried there: bankers, politicians, railroad workers, doctors, farmers, lumbermen and at least one undertaker are among the more than 7,000 graves.

Bank cashier Joseph A. Stickney, who was murdered by Joseph E. Kelley during a bank robbery on April 16, 1897, and Edwin Roscoe Bartlett, the sheriff who helped capture Kelley, are both interred at Forest Glade.

Among the more than 800 family lots are sections designated for members of the American Legion and the Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal organization for Civil War veterans. The cemetery also includes three lots purchased by area Hebrew Societies and a potter’s field for unknown or indigent people.

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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