History Saved 5: Old Meeting House in Francestown, New Hampshire

Picture of Old Meeting House in Francestown, New Hampshire

Old Meeting House in Francestown, New Hampshire

According to a recent article in the Union Leader, the Old Meeting House in Francestown, New Hampshire has been carefully restored:

Since 1801, the Old Meeting House has stood proudly in the center of Francestown and through the efforts of a group of townsfolk, the building may weather the centuries to come . . .

The post-and-beam building, built of massive timbers cut from American chestnut — a tree that has barely survived due to a blight — has three distinct levels, including the main hall, the balcony section and green room, and then an attic where the simple but profoundly strong architecture is on full display.

From the floor boards that measure more than two feet in width to the beams that carry the load of the roof and the bell tower, it’s evident how much sheer strength it must have required to heave the building to its stately heights . . .

Today, the Old Meeting House serves as a concert hall, a place where lectures and community celebrations take place, and is even rented out for wedding vows.

For more  information and pictures, check out The Old Meeting House of Francestown, New Hampshire website.

Francestown was also a part of This Old House’s Best Old House Neighborhoods 2011: The Northeast.

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