Report of the Heritage
Commission for 2015
“NH RSA 674:44-a Heritage Commission.
– A heritage commission may be established in accordance with RSA 673
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.”
As you will see upon entering the Town Hall/Meetinghouse, interior walls
at the front of the room have been removed. This has been done to
accommodate state and federal requirements for fire code and the
Americans with Disabilities Act as well as for polling place
requirements. For fire code, increased seating capacity and a secondary
egress have been added. Additional
emergency illumination and “crash bars” on doors have been installed. An
ADA parking area and access ramp have been constructed. The stairs on
the Holden Hill side will be updated this spring. Voting at town meeting
will take place at floor level vs. climbing stairs to the stage. This
affords accessibility to all. Aesthetically, windows that once
illuminated the interior do so again and a set of decorative columns is
This building has always evolved to meet the needs of each
generation who used it as the center of the town’s social, civic and at one
time its religious needs. Ironically, the most recent changes bring the room
a bit closer to its original 1801 design.
Care has been taken over 214 years of continuous use. Had it not been for
the attentiveness of past generations the building would not have survived.
The present citizens of Langdon as well as LCHIP, the NH Dept of Historic
Resources, the NH Charitable Foundation, Putnam Fund, Terra Nova Foundation,
Savings Bank of Walpole, Marquis George Macdonald Foundation, Landscapes by
Jay Grant, the NH Preservation Alliance and others have continued that
tradition of guardianship of this historic inheritance.
In 2015 the LHC was entrusted with important historic documents regarding
the Congregational Church by Royal and Diane Holmes. The documents have been
inventoried and placed in a fire resistant safe in the Municipal Building.
Royal and Diane also gave the Town many papers and photos from the Langdon
Players. John and Rita Gulardo generously converted the photos into a
selection of CD's. We also received from the Charlestown Historical Society
several old newspaper clippings regarding events in our town.
Our annual Restoration Run and Fun Walk was again a success as was a new
event at Fall Festival; an historic cemetery tour called The Hannah Locke
Cemetery Walk. The LHC also provided a display of historic artifacts and
introduced the Cemetery Art Challenge in which many participated during Fall
We are happy to announce the addition of Laura Rheaume and Kathie Beam to
our Commission. We offer our sincere thank you to Kate Gallagher who after
several years of wonderful service has resigned to tend to her job, home and
All are welcome to join our LHC meetings the first Wednesday of the
month, at 7:00 PM in the Meetinghouse at 5 Walker Hill Road and the
Municipal Building in the coldest months. We welcome your Langdon stories
Dennis McClary: Chair, Carole-Anne Centre: Secretary, Kathie Beam:
Treasurer, Bud Ross, Ex officio, Lorraine Chaffee, Andrea Cheeney, Caroline
Cross, Cliff Oster, Laura Rheaume, Mike Sweeney .
2008 Designated one of the
Seven to Save
2012 placement on
the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places