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Site of 1st midnight vote added to New Hampshire historic register

The Associated Press
Published: 7/29/2020 9:50:54 PM
Modified: 7/29/2020 9:50:50 PM

CONCORD — The site of the first midnight presidential vote in the U.S. and 10 other properties, including three in the Upper Valley, have been added to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources announced the additions on Wednesday.

Among the properties are the Davis-Nadig Homestead with its circa 1880 farmhouse in Millsfield, which became the site of the country’s first midnight presidential vote when seven of the town’s 12 registered voters cast their ballots at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 3, 1936.

Midnight voting continued at the farmhouse until the 1960s, officials said.

Also added is a one-room schoolhouse with a hand-hewn timber frame that was built in 1810 in Deering for $175.85. It closed in 1919 and became a public library in 1926.

The nine other historic properties are the Town Pound in Boscawen, the Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown, Farmington’s School Street School, the Stephenson Memorial Library in Greenfield, Ash Cottage in Hebron, Orfordville School in Orford, the Old Meeting House in Sandown, Sunapee’s Old Abbott Library and the Old Webster Meeting House.

People interested in nominating a property to the state register of historic places must research the history and document it on a form from the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources.

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