'7 to Save' list of historic properties includes town halls, school house and a bonus 8th site

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KENSINGTON, New Hampshire — The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance on Wednesday added town halls, an old school house and other properties to its annual list of historic places worthy of saving.

The group's 2014 Seven to Save list includes town halls in Bradford and Washington and the Watson Academy in Epping. Others on the list are the Hill-Lassonde house opposite Manchester's Bronstein Park, and Hopkinton's Kimball Lake Cabins. In Coos County, the Poore Family Farm in Stewartstown and the Brown Company House in Berlin are on the list.

There's also a bonus eighth member as the alliance focuses on preserving historic family-owned farms and agricultural landscapes statewide.

Since 2006, the program has worked to protect significant historic properties that are threatened by deterioration or insufficient funds. More than 30 have been moved from "threatened" to "saved." Sites are selected based on historic significance, the degree to which they are threatened and the potential that making the list could dramatically alter their fate.

"Seven to Save recognizes the value of saving and reviving historic places that are important to local communities as well as the state's identity and economic vitality," said Chairman Hunter Ulf.

Past successes include Pandora Mill in Manchester, the restored Acworth Meetinghouse, and the Mill Pond Dam in Durham. Others on the list, like the Balsams in Dixville Notch, have uncertain futures.

Here's a look at the properties:

Berlin, Brown Company House: Believed to be the oldest wood frame building in the city and a key part of the history of mills and logging in Berlin.

Bradford Town Hall: A landmark now vacant pending voter-approved funding for upgrades that would meet current codes and allow reopening the second floor hall for community use.

Epping, Watson Academy: A rare Queen Anne style school building needs town support for a simple plan to address damage caused by a minor earthquake.

Hopkinton, Kimball Lake Cabins: A Depression-era lakeside resort with four remaining log cabins closed since the 1980s.

Manchester, Hill-Lassonde House: An Italianate style home that is highly vulnerable.

Stewartstown, Poore Family Farm: Needs more support to preserve its early house and barn.

Washington Meetinghouse/Town Hall: An 18th century building that doesn't meet the town's 21st century office and meeting space needs.

Historic Family Farms and Agricultural Landscapes: The loss of cultivated acreage and challenges facing family farms will require efforts to help maintain historic buildings and traditional landscapes.

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