National Register Districts

Historic Districts are geographically related resources which, taken as a group, are of sufficient age (over fifty years old), possess integrity, and convey historical significance. The historical significance of districts is most often defined by a common historical theme, period or architectural style. Preservation Company has completed [number] National Register Historic District nominations. The districts have ranged in size from less than ten resources to hundreds of resources and have included downtown districts, village districts, a mill site district, and an Indian Shop. The following are illustrative examples of these forms.

 

Abenaki Indian Shop and Camp, Conway, NH

This unique historic resource in theWhite Mountains was listed in the National Register in 1991.  The site, just off the main road east of the scenic overlook in Intervale, was a small trading post where the Abenaki Laurent family sold baskets and other goods to the summer tourists.  The small encampment of six rustic cabins was occupied annually when the Laurents made the 325 mile trip from their Abenaki village on the St Francis River in Quebec from 1900 until the 1940s when they settled permanently in town.  

 

Bennington Village Historic District, Bennington, NH

This project originated in 2008 with a NHDHR Historic District Area Form for review and compliance for a downtown/pedestrian improvement project.  Preservation Company then worked with the Town and Historical Society and produced a National Register Nomination for the district, which was listed on the Register in 2010. Bennington is a small industrial village in Hillsborough County that developed around the Great Falls on the Contoocook River. The public buildings in the village are clustered in the center, with residences along the roads radiating out on all sides. The Monadnock Paper Mill, in business since the early 1800s, anchors the north end.  Overall, Bennington Village contains approximately 130 acres and 122 separate properties, nearly eighty percent of which contribute to the historic district.  Download Bennington Village NR Form

 

Enfield Village Historic District, Enfield, NH

Enfield is a Connecticut River Valley town, known for its Shaker Villages.  The Enfield Village Historic District is the town’s commercial, industrial and population center.   The densely-built village developed in the mid-19th century around a concentrated source of waterpower.  The district of 208 properties and approximately 155 acres was listed in the National Register in 2010.  Preservation Company completed a NHDHR District Area Form in 1998, and as in Bennington, the National Register nomination was sponsored by the Town and Heritage Commission.  Enfield was subsequently listed in the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places in 2011.

 

Troy Village Historic District,Troy, NH

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2002,Troy is an excellent example of a Monadnock Region town center, centered on the common with town hall at the north end.  The economic focus was the Troy Blanket Mills, in business for generations.  The large district of nearly 200 buildings includes fine Federal and Greek Revival style buildings, stone arch bridge and mill pond, and brick factory complex.  Local volunteers spearheaded the campaign to list the historic district and served as a model for the later Bennington and Enfield efforts. 

 

Wiswall Falls Historic District, Durham, NH

As mitigation for replacement of the Wiswall Road Bridge over the Lamprey River damaged by the “Mother’s Day Flood” of 2006, Preservation Company prepared an amendment to the 1988 Wiswall Falls Mill Site National Register of Historic Places listing.  A historic district was defined around the mill site including the foundations of the mid-19th century mills, plus four adjacent dwellings occupied by the mill owner and employees.  An old wooden crib dam remains in place above the 1912 concrete hydro-electric dam.  This project was completed in 2010.