Sunday, October 21, 2012

2012 "Seven to Save" in New Hampshire

The Derry Upper Village Hall
Was on the 2006 "Seven to Save" list
and is currently being considered for major renovations

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance announced its “2012 Seven to Save” list, and for three years I’ve reported on this event.  For the past six years this list and the NH Preservation Alliance has raised support and awareness for endangered historic places in the Granite State.  In Many cases this awareness has saved these buildings and structures from loss, demolition or ill-planned renovations. 

Of the over 40 structures on the list, half have been saved.  Many are local buildings, such as the First Parish Church of Derry, which was on the 2009 list, or the Derry Upper Village Hall, which was on the very first list in 2006.  Both are still in need of much expensive structural renovation and restoration.  The publicity this event raises every year helps in the necessary fund raising for buildings like these.

The Pandora Mill in Manchester hosted the 2012 announcement ceremony on Tuesday October 16. The Pandora Mill had been named to the 2006 list, and was recently restored into an award winning facility with LEED certification and new energy efficiency.  Other recent renovations from the Seven to Save list included the Ashland School, and with current progress coming for other sites such as the 70 meter ski jump at Gunstock Ski Resort, the Langdon Meetinghouse and the Upper Village Hall in Derry.

Named to the 2012 List:

Exeter’s Ioka Theater
Kensington’s Town Hall
Littleton’s Community House
The Moultonborough Grange
New Durham’s 1772 Meetinghouse
Wakefield’s  Drew Mill and Dam in Union Village
Walpole’s Vilas Bridge



Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. I enjoy your blog. Can you tell me where I can find a Birth Record for an ancestor born in Wakefield, NH in 1809? The state of NH does not seem to have it and I don't know where else to look. I emailed the Wakefield Historical Society and they don't even answer me. Thanks. Mary Ellen Libby Aube.

    1. Dear Mary Ellen,
      Records weren't required in 1809, so I'm not surprised that your ancestor was not in the state vital records. Your best bet is to contact the Town Clerk of Wakefield to see if the parents recorded the birth. If not, check to see a Wakefield town history has ever been written. The vital records of Wakefield have been published in book form by Heritage Books in 1999. You might also check to see if there is a compiled genealogy for the surname, or a family association (is the surname Libby?)