FREEDOM GETS 3RD LANDMARK DESIGNATION

by Gair on November 29, 2012

THE VILLAGE OF FREEDOM NOW HAS THREE STRUCTURES THAT ARE OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED BY THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE AS “HISTORIC PLACES” – AND THEY’RE ALL WITHIN EASY WALKING DISTANCE OF EACH OTHER.

THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL RESOURCES ANNOUNCED MONDAY THE VILLAGE BAND STAND IN FREEDOM HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE STATE’S REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. IT’S BELIEVED THE BAND STAND – USED TO HOST OLD HOME DAY CONCERTS FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, WAS BUILT IN 1902.

THE QUEEN ANNE STYLE BAND STAND SITS AT THE TOP OF SCHOOL HOUSE HILL IN THE CENTER OF THE VILLAGE NEAR THE 1895 SCHOOL HOUSE THAT NOW SERVES AS THE TOWN OFFICES – AND NOT FAR FROM THE ROLLER SHED NEAR THE MASONIC HALL.

THE TOWN OFFICES AND ROLLER SHED – WHERE EQUIPMENT USED TO FLATTEN SNOW WAS STORED – WERE PREVIOUSLY DESIGNATED AS HISTORIC PLACES.

THE DESIGNATION HELPS PROMOTE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HISTORIC PROPERTIES AROUND NEW HAMPSHIRE.

BEING ADDED TO THE REGISTER ACKNOWLEDGES A PROPERTY’S HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE IN A COMMUNITY, PRE-QUALIFIES THE PROPERTY FOR GRANT PROGRAMS AND ALLOWS IT SPECIAL CONSIDERATION AND RELIEF FROM CERTAIN BUILDING CODES AND REGULATIONS.

PEG SCULLY MOVED TO FREEDOM FROM CINCINNATI, OHIO IN THE LATE 1960s AND RECENTLY WORKED ALONG WITH GALE MORRIS, BOB SMART AND ALAN FALL ON THE FREEDOM HERITAGE COMMISSION TO GET THE BAND STAND DESIGNATED.

SHE SAYS THE DESIGNATION FULFILL FREEDOM’S MASTER PLAN TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR HISTORIC BUILDINGS THAT IMPORTANT TO LIFE IN THE VILLAGE.

FREEDOM RESIDENT ROB HATCH MADE MAJOR REPAIRS TO THE BAND STAND IN 2010.

THE FORMER RED HILL HOUSE IN MOULTONBOROUGH THAT WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT AS A TAVERN IN 1810 AND THEN USED AS A GRANGE HALL – HAS ALSO BEEN DESIGNATED AS HISTORIC.

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