Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Lempster, New Hampshire Meetinghouse - Weathervane Wednesday


This weathervane was photographed over the steeple of the historic meetinghouse in Lempster, New Hampshire. This building is on the corner of Allen Road, Lempster Street and North Pitkin Road.  It hasa simple banner style weathervane, with no compass points.  It appears to be cast iron, with no gilding visible (if it was ever gilded in the past?).  The steeple also contains a Revere bell dated 1824.

This meetinghouse was built in 1794 about a mile away, and moved to its current location in 1822 and the steeple was added.  It was a church for many years, and the meeting space was known as "Union Hall" from 1858 to the 1870s.  The Lempster High School was upstairs in this building from 1872 until about 1892.  There was a public library in this building until 1966. The Silver Mountain Grange, number 196, rented the upstairs of this building in 1897 with a 99 year lease. The members of the grange took on the responsibility of restoring this meetinghouse when it fell into disrepair. 

Today it used as a town hall.  In 1980 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008 it received funds for restoration from the New Hampshire "Moose Plate" or Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, also known as LCHIP.  

1794 Lempster
This property has been protected
with assistance from the
NH Land and Community
Heritage Investment Program

For the truly curious:

Also see the book Sacred and Secular: Historic Meetinghouses and Churches of the Monadnock Region, 1750 - 1850, 2006, published by the Historical Society of Cheshire County. 

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To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Lempster, New Hampshire Meetinghouse - Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 5, 2022, ( accessed [access date]). 

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