Because of the generosity of many donors, CHS bought the Stone House in April 2018. We have added business sponsors in recent months: Ames Performance, More Than a Thrift Store, Pat Rawson Construction, Infinity Cleaning, Wilcox Tree, Green Mountain Bovine, Guyette Fire Protection, Howard's Leather, Over the River Day Spa, and Toadstool Bookstore. Our thanks to all our donors.
With continued support from the community, we are confident that we can accomplish these short and long term goals. If you require more information,
e-mail us at Chesterfieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.
In December 2018, CHS received a $10,000 grant from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). This is a matching grant, meaning CHS must match it dollar for dollar. It was granted for purpose of creating a preservation planning study for the Stone House Tavern Museum. This study will provide a road map to guide CHS in identifying and assessing the building's preservation needs and priorities.
Upon receipt of the grant, CHS immediately requested bids from several historic preservations professionals. We awarded the contract to Weller & Michal Architects Inc. (Harrisville, NH) who has completed the Historic Structure Report (HSR). Now, we are taking the HSR finding and prioritizing the work outlined on it. We are in the process of applying for another LCHIP grant to help fund the projects. Also, we are in the process of applying to have the building placed on the National Register of Historic Places. We have already successfully had it placed on the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places.
The largest stumbling block to opening a museum is meeting building codes and ADA requirements (while preserving to the maximum extent the historic character of the building). Working toward meeting these requirements is what the Stone House Committee is currently doing! In addition, we have been looking ahead to future programing. With a grant from the NH Charitable Foundation, we have been able to purchase laptop computers, a projector, screen and speakers. One of the issues this will solve is enabling visitors who can't climb stairs to view the upper floors via an electronic "tour".
We are in the process of looking for more grants to help fund this important project. Most require matching funds. Thus, we must continue to fundraise to keep the project alive. Plus, to have a successful future, a Sustainability Fund must also be funded.
The future of the Stone House Tavern Museum is ever present on our minds. We are always thinking of new educational programs and the way in which we can work with other local historical sites to establish cooperative programming. We hope to provide visitors with a variety of historical displays. By providing guided tours, we hope they will come to understand how some families lived in 1831, and how important the tavern was for the traveling public.