After years of hard work and intense fundraising, the Grafton Historical Society is pleased to say that our $84,000 restoration of the East Grafton Union Church is complete.
Drainage around the perimeter has been installed (and works!), the granite capstones have been relayed, the sills and rotted joists have been replaced, the cellar now includes a vapor barrier and crushed stone, the interior plaster has been repaired, paint applied to the walls, and recreated stenciling once again adorns the sanctuary walls. Half of the stained glass windows have been restored and the floors are refinished.
The results are spectacular, and we’re excited to open the space back up to the public on Monday, August 14th for a special concert with renowned Scottish performers, Margaret Bennett and Norman Kennedy.
Of course, there is still work to be done. The steeple needs painting and the balance of the windows remain to be restored, but our small society is overwhelmed with the results.
This phase was possible thanks to the following: NH’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), the NH Division of Historical Resources’ conservation license plate fund (Moose Plate), the Byrne Foundation, the Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation, and countless individual donations. We also wish to thank everyone who donated time and material for the project, including Razor Hill Excavation, Pat McCleary (plasterer), and Russell Poitras and Brian Rogers (scaffolding).