The N.H. Preservation Alliance, partnering with The 1772 Foundation, has awarded the Sutton Historical Society a matching grant in the amount of $10,000 to help restore the District 9 South Village Schoolhouse. This matching grant is in addition to the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) grant award of $25,000.
The Dist. 9 South Village Schoolhouse is the sole remaining unaltered one-story schoolhouse of the fifteen that once served the rural town of Sutton. The Sutton Historical Society is embarking on a full renovation of the building this summer. This latest $10,000 grant will fund painting the exterior of the schoolhouse, restoring its original white color, and restoring ten 6/6 windows and two six-pane fixed windows. Additional work supported in part by a 2022 LCHIP matching grant and other donors will include roof replacement, sill and foundation repair, site work to mitigate moisture, and interior wall and ceiling repairs. Once completed, the building will be re-opened to the public and used for educational programs and events.
“The Sutton Historical Society is very grateful to the N.H. Preservation Alliance and the 1772 Foundation for their financial assistance in our efforts to restore an important building in the center of the historic South Sutton Village. With this help, our one-room South Village Schoolhouse will continue to live on as a reminder of how our schools and education system have evolved over the past 100-plus years,” said Judy Lowe, president of the Sutton Historical Society.
This grant is made possible from The 1772 Foundation in cooperation with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.
Entire Historic Building Exterior Restored
This fall, the Sutton Historical Society has completed the exterior renovation of the iconic South Sutton Meetinghouse. Thanks for this amazing achievement goes to our generous donors and to the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) program for a $20,000 matching grant. The exterior restoration, including repair of clapboard siding, trim and shutters, and painting was performed by Wardell Paint & Co. to complete the restoration work.
The restoration project was several years in the making. SHS received its first LCHIP matching grant in 2019 to help restore the three-stage meetinghouse tower topped by a four-sided dome, along with improvements to dated lightning protection identified in a 2019 historic building conditions assessment. Delayed by the pandemic, the first phase was completed in the late fall of 2021. SHS is grateful that opportunities like LCHIP exist to help with some portion of funds for what are significant and costly projects for a small volunteer organization. SHS continues to gratefully accept donations to its Stewardship Fund in order to continue its restoration efforts, including the District 9 Schoolhouse restoration that is planned for 2023.
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