Historic Harrisville

P.O. Box 79
Harrisville, NH 03450
603-827-3722

Erin Hammerstedt
Executive Director
ehammerstedt@historicharrisville.org

 


 

Office Hours

Monday-Friday
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

 

 
Meetings & Events

Incorporators Meeting
Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00 a.m.

 


 

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40th Anniversary Campaign

By Jeannie Eastman 

New copper roof over the porch at the Harrisville General Store

The mill village, we can modestly boast, has never been more beautiful. With major preservation projects completed, Historic Harrisville looks back over the past 40 years confident that the dream we dreamed in 1971 has mostly come true.

The innovative economic model that we created called for renting our buildings, using that income to support the ongoing work of the foundation, and strengthening the economic vitality of the town by increasing its tax base. It worked. Most of the rental spaces in our restored buildings are occupied by an eclectic group of tenants who enrich the social life of the village.

Fred O’Connor
Repairing and repointing brick masonry
inside the Sorting and Picker House

In spring 2012 we launched a capital campaign to raise $1.5 million to finish much of what remains. As donations come in we are working our way through smaller repair projects that have been deferred for far too long: scraping and painting clapboard siding and window sash, repointing brick masonry, roof replacements, insulation, rebuilding stone retaining walls, drainage, and paving. In all, nine buildings are targeted for repair.

Trip Hammer Shop

Eagle Hall Barn

Three buildings  — the Trip Hammer Shop, the Mackey House, and the Eagle Hall Barn — will undergo major rehabilitation and, when completed, add five new apartments to Historic Harrisville’s affordable housing program. As these buildings wait their turn, their sad condition in this otherwise beautifully preserved site is a constant reminder of how far we have come in 40 years and, indeed, what might have been.

Waterpower!

Unique among the capital campaign projects is our plan to bring waterpower back to the Cheshire Mills complex. That process is already underway. Waterpower from Goose Brook built the factory village, so reconnecting with that energy will bring us historically full-circle. At the same time it is the forward-looking, smart, and environmentally correct thing to do.

A tax-deductible contribution is your investment in a place unique in America and treasured by all who know it.