Five Upper Valley Sites Receive LCHIP Grants

  • The Canaan Union Academy in an undated photograph. (Courtesy Canaan Historical Society)

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Concord — Five projects in the Upper Valley will receive nearly $300,000 in funding from New Hampshire’s Land and Community Investment Program.

The projects are among 42 statewide that were awarded a total of $3.6 million on Monday, according to an LCHIP news release. The program seeks to preserve the state’s natural, cultural and historic resources.

This year’s recipients include renovation of 29 historic projects dating from 1769 to 1967, according to the release. The grants also will preserve 2,100 acres of land and preserve seven farms.

In Haverhill, the Upper Valley Land Trust will receive $59,000 to conserve 40 acres of farmland, which have been part of the Lewis family’s Rocky Hill Farm for more than three decades.

Using the funding, the land trust plans to place a conversation easement on the property, allowing the soil to remain viable for future farming. The Rocky Hill Farm Meadows will host visitors and provide a resting stop for migratory birds, the release said.

Haverhill Heritage Inc. also will receive $150,000 in grants to acquire and rehabilitate a structure known locally as the Wentworth-Brown House.

Other projects include $50,000 for exterior renovations at Rogers House in Lebanon; $24,000 to the Grafton Historical Society for work on Hinkson’s Cardin Mill; and $14,000 for the Canaan Historical Society to restore the windows at the Canaan Union Academy Building.

Projects were chosen by LCHIP’s 18-member board of directors from a pool of 50 applications seeking a total of $5.6 million this year.

“It’s a pleasure to work with dedicated colleagues from nonprofits, local government and citizen groups to preserve the places that make our state special,” LCHIP board Chairwoman Amanda Merrill said in the release.

— Staff report