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Restoration Projects Get Heritage Matching Grants

Historic restoration projects in Grafton and Lempster and a conservation project in Piermont recently received grants from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.

The program, known as LCHIP, provides communities with matching funds to preserve historic buildings and conserve key parcels of land.

The Grafton Historical Society received a grant for $42,000 for its restoration efforts at the 18th-century East Grafton Union Church. The money will fund repairs to the building’s undercarriage, foundation and main floor.

The work will allow the building to be reopened to the public, Andrew Cushing, a member of the historical society, said in an email.

Friends of the Lempster Meetinghouse received a grant for $106,000. The money will pay for the third part of a multi-phase rehabilitation of the meetinghouse, which was built in 1794. The work includes reroofing the building, adding a wheelchair ramp, repairing the cupola and belfry, window restoration, and structural work on the tower.

Robie Farm in Piermont received $175,000 to purchase a conservation easement on the 128-acre property.

The land, comprising a working farm and forest, includes 4727 feet of frontage on the Connecticut River.

— Staff report