Hampton town clock crowd

Our Fingers in a Lot of Pies

Last Tuesday night, we brushed the dirt off our shoulders and attended the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance Honor Awards Ceremony. The Northwood Congregational Church, Canterbury Shaker Village and Hampton Town Clock received awards. As David Ford, a former PTF employee and current property manager at Canterbury Shaker Village, accepted the award for restoring the Trustee’s Building, I…

Chuck, Lee and the mill

Freedom Mill in Food & Wine

Last Month’s Food & Wine featured The Heartbreaking Story Behind The Lost Kitchen about Erin French’s revived restaurant in the restored Freedom Mill. The author was especially charmed by her surroundings: …Take a quick left on Main Street, and there’s The Mill at Freedom Falls—The Lost Kitchen’s once crumbling, now beautifully renovated home. Cross a narrow bridge…

Acworth meetinghouse crane

Kitchen of the Community

New Hampshire Preservation Alliance recently released an inspiring video about the restoration of the Acworth Meetinghouse. Built by Elias Carter in 1821, the Acworth Meetinghouse, with its double lantern spire, is a masterful representation of historic building craft. In 2008, the steeple and undercarriage were repaired by local craftspeople trained and supervised by PTF in techniques unique to steeple repair,…

Demeritt-O'Kane House

NH EXPOnential Success

The NH Old House and Barn Expo was a great success.  To be honest, I expected what I’d seen at other “old home” trade shows: booths hawking fiberglass steeples and plastic decking.  Instead, I was inspired by the level of craftsmanship and care on exhibit.  Sometimes it can feel like we are alone in the wilderness,…