Historic Langdon Town Hall Meetinghouse.
Home of the most consecutive town
held in all of New Hampshire.
Built in 1801-03 when Thomas Jefferson was president. Langdon, New Hampshire
has held two hundred and eleven Town Meetings here.
Contact: Dennis McClary or Carole-Anne Centre
5th Annual 5K Restoration Run
& Fun Walk
to benefit Langdon Heritage Commission
Saturday May 17th
All photos by John Gulardo
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Women's winner and new course record Heidi Westover of Walpole time 23:05
Men's winner Jerry McDougle of Walpole time 27:20
Youth Winner from Westmoreland time 32:10
Heritage Commission 2013 Annual Report
It has been another active year at the LHC. We have enjoyed the support and
participation of many wonderful people. As an example, Rodney Campbell
renovated the historically significant wooden benches you see along the
2008 Designated one of the
Seven to Save
2012 placement on
the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places
walls of the meetinghouse. Before his work, these benches were tied and wired to keep them
together. They are now solid and secure and he has offered to make replicas as
Royal and Dianne Holmes recently donated a treasure trove of slide photos and
play scripts from the Langdon Players. This material has been cataloged and
safely stored in the Heritage Commission Archives.
Dorothy Campbell also donated for safe keeping a generous box of historic
Langdon memorabilia also including Langdon Players and Minstrel Show playbooks
which will also be safely stored. Sometime in the future we plan to display this
material for the whole town to enjoy.
Considerable work has been done by LHC members to catalog and protect important
town artifacts. An example of this work can be seen in the Britton-Porter
American Legion Post 57, WW1 Honor Roll. The Parish House was the meeting place
for the American Legion and the Honor Roll hung there for many years. The
building is not used anymore and the Honor Roll was removed for safe keeping.
The Heritage Commission asked permission from the Legion to preserve this hand
painted piece of Langdon history. It was brought to a professional
preservationist who removed mold and some stains from the paper and stabilized
it from further deterioration. It was properly matted and framed under
ultraviolet protective glass. An unveiling of this important piece took place
September 22 at the Meetinghouse.
In early January 2014 we received a $5000 grant from the Monadnock Region
Community Fund through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. This money along
with other funds will pay for the services of an architect. The architect will
help us plan and present to the town ideas on how best to approach additional
projects on the first floor. For example, Fire Code requirements must be
accommodated. The building must meet ADA requirements and increase seating
capacity must be addressed. Care must be taken to make sure that long range
plans for the second floor are in keeping with its historical importance and its
integrity is maintained while making it safe for the townspeople to use
The Selectboard budgeted and completed the much needed painting of the building
exterior this past summer. In addition, the windows were glazed and washed. The
Langdon sign was restored and some clapboards were replaced. Thank you to the
townspeople who supported the Selectboard’s warrant article that made this
The Selectboard has also made plans to replace the aged first floor furnace and
replace it with a new unit to be located in the new basement of the
Another special, community entertainment event has been planned for the
afternoon of March 9th from 2:00 to 4:00. Edie Clark, who comes to us through
the NH Humanities Council, will be giving a talk on regional foods — “Baked
Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines a Region. This free event was made
possible through the NH Humanities to Go Program and a donation from a local
On May 18 we hosted a fund raising 5K run/walk. It was a special race this year,
won by Langdon residents on both the men's and women's side. Griffin Dussault
tied for first in the men's division and Jess O’Connor won the women's division.
Last November, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance board of directors took a
tour of the Meetinghouse. This is the organization that awards the prestigious
“Seven to Save” designation of which the Meetinghouse is a recipient. They were
impressed with the Town’s progress since the award was granted in 2008.
The Meetinghouse is available for your use. The town’s Administrative Assistant
has all the information needed to request the use of the building for your
function. The building has been used for meetings, talks, community and family
events including birthday parties with music, dancing and catered food. It has
also been used for the Sarah Porter Christmas pageant and other school events.
In 2007 the citizens of Langdon established the Heritage Commission according to
“RSA 674:44 for the proper recognition, use, and protection of resources,
tangible or intangible, primarily man-made, that are valued for their historic,
cultural, aesthetic, or community significance within their natural, built, or
cultural contexts.” We count it a privilege to join in this work. We meet on the
first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 in the Meetinghouse. All are welcome to
Your tax deductible donation under IRS Code 170 C (1) can be sent to the Langdon
Heritage Commission, 122 NH Rte 12A, Unit 4, Langdon, NH 03602 or you can visit
www.langdonheritage.org and donate on-line. Checks can be made to “Langdon
Dennis McClary, Chair Carole-Anne Centre, Secretary Bud Ross, Ex officio
Kathryn Gallagher, Treasurer Andrea Cheeney Caroline Cross
Cliff Oster John and Rita Gulardo Mike Sweeney Lorraine Chaffee
IMMEDIATE RELEASE JAN. 13, 2014
Contact: Dennis McClary , chairman of Langdon Heritage Commission
Langdon Heritage Commission has been awarded a grant
by New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Monadnock Regional Community Fund
The Monadnock Regional Community Fund, through the NH Charitable Foundation, has
awarded a $5,000 grant to the Langdon Heritage Commission for architectural
plans for the further renovation of the historic Langdon Meetinghouse.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation manages a growing collection of
charitable funds created by individuals, families and businesses. It awards $30
million annually in grants and scholarships. Based in Concord, the foundation
roots itself in the communities through regional advisory boards, serving
communities throughout New Hampshire, southeastern Maine and eastern Vermont.
More information is available at www.nhcf.org or by calling 603-224-6641.
The Langdon Meetinghouse was listed as one of New Hampshire Preservation
Alliance's "Seven to Save" structures in 2008. This designation recognizes
historic sites and buildings that are important to the landscape and heritage of
New Hampshire. This historic building was also recently added to the New
Hampshire Registry of Historic Places and is home of the most consecutive town
meetings held in all of New Hampshire
The Langdon Heritage Commission is charged with preserving, protecting and
promoting Langdon’s historic, cultural and natural assets. The Commission can be
reached by emailing to: firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available
at www.langdonheritage.org .
An LHC archival team is cataloging items in our new
archival storage area which is located at the Municipal Building. Town treasures
continue to be found or donated to the LHC. Old photographs of people and places
in Langdon are welcomed. We are able to scan photos into our archives while you
wait. If you are interested please contact us. We also need volunteers to help
us with preserving Langdon’s heritage. All are welcome to join us every first
Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 PM at the Langdon Town Hall.
The Langdon Heritage Commission was formed in 2007
to properly recognize, use, preserve and protect our significant, historic,
cultural, natural and aesthetic assets. In so doing we not only preserve our
buildings and land, we build community connections, establish trust among
diverse groups, encourage volunteerism, develop community leaders and enhance
the livability of our community.
In March 2010, for the two hundred and eighth consecutive time,
citizens walked through the same Meetinghouse doors for another official
Town Meeting. No other building in the State of New Hampshire has held as many
consecutive New England style annual Town
This historic structure needs extensive rehabilitation to remain a viable place
for citizens to meet.
We ask for your support.
The Langdon Heritage Commission is charged with
preserving, protecting and promoting Langdon’s historic, cultural and natural