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3 properties added to New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places

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CONCORD, New Hampshire — A family farmstead, a fire station and a house whose owner rallied from weather challenges in 1816 are the latest properties on the state's Register of Historic Places.

The Samuel Haley Farm in Epping shows the evolution of a family farmstead from 1765 through the 1950s. Its farmhouse still has its 1760s Georgian framing, Federal-style details from the 1830s and Greek Revival-style updates from the 1850s.

The Bristol Fire Station was used 1889 to 1974. Now home to the local historical society, the building retains its 19th century hose-drying tower.

The Reuben Whitten House in Ashland is known for the actions of its owner, who raised 40 bales of wheat at his farm during "The Year Without a Summer," in which snow fell in June and there were killing frosts. He shared his crop with his neighbors.

The benefits of being listed on the state register include special consideration and relief from some building codes and regulations; designation of a property as historical, which is a pre-qualification for many grant programs; and acknowledgment of a property's historical significance in the community.

Anyone wishing to nominate a property must research the history of the nominated property and document it fully on individual inventory forms from the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources.

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