Join the N.H. Preservation Alliance on Tuesday, October 1st at 5:00 PM at the Blazing Star Grange Hall, in Danbury, NH for the announcement of the newest Seven to Save list.
Local sites available for touring from 3:00-4:30 p.m. feature three special places in various stages of preservation:
- Grafton Center Meetinghouse (Seven to Save, 2017) - 860 Main St., Grafton After a damaging fire in January 2016, a local nonprofit, Mascoma Valley Preservation, is starting the rehabilitation effort on this 1797-98 meetinghouse at the head of Grafton Center’s common.
- South Danbury Church - 1411 Rt. 4, Danbury This 1867 church just completed a $160,000 rehabilitation project with the help of LCHIP and many - many! - bake sales.
- Eagle Pond Farm - 24 Rt. 4, Wilmot The former home of poets Jane Kenyon and Donald Hall, this vernacular farmstead served as fodder for much of the couple’s literary work. The Don and Jane Project seeks to use this place to inspire future generations.
The Preservation Alliance listed vulnerable Granges statewide on its Seven to Save list in 2013, and this one in Danbury is considered one of the most active and well-stewarded in the state. “This iconic New England village is a fitting place to hold an event that showcases irreplaceable landmarks, power of people who love and use special places, and the social and economic benefits of historic preservation activity,” according to Andrew Cushing, Field Service Representative at the Preservation Alliance. “These positive themes need to be front and center as we address the enormous challenges ahead.”
Seven to Save listings have helped to attract new investment and re-use options for more than 50 percent of the community landmarks that have received the designation since the program began in 2006. Several projects have gone on to earn Preservation Achievement Awards in recent years, including: Watson Academy in Epping, the Langdon Meetinghouse, Brewster Memorial Hall in Wolfeboro, Washington Meetinghouse, and the Littleton Community Center.
Seven to Save sites that still need more creative planning, new investment, new owners, or the hard work of local advocates include Concord’s iconic Gas Holder House, the Chandler House in Manchester, Sanborn Seminary in Kingston, and the former Brown Paper Company’s R & D building in Berlin.
About the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance
The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is the statewide membership organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings, communities and landscapes through education and advocacy. For more information, visit www.nhpreservation.org.
Register for this free event and touring of area sites by contacting (603) 224-2281 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions and additional information on touring will be sent with confirmation. Visit www.nhpreservation.org to make a donation to help the Preservation Alliance save endangered places.
Our generous sponsors: Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Pinnacle Leadership Foundation, Ingram Construction, Anagnost Companies, Chinburg Properties, Enviro-Tote, Irish Electric Corp., Misiaszek Turpin Architects, Nathan Wechsler & Co., Littleton Millwork, TF Moran, and Udelsman Associates.