Volunteers Needed For Barn Project

Atlantic News, Thursday, August 12, 2004

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS — Now that a crew of volunteers has dismantled the Leavitt House Barn (pictured) and relocated the timbers to the grounds of the Tuck [Memorial] Museum, the Hampton Historical Society is seeking additional volunteer help in moving, cleaning, and inspecting the beams. A work party is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 18 at 9 a.m.; to participate in this project or for more information, contact HHS President Ben Moore at (603) 926-2543.
[Atlantic News Photo by Liz Premo]

HAMPTON — The Hampton Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help clean and inventory parts of the Leavitt House barn, which once stood along Drakeside Road in Hampton on the former Sanders-McDermott property.

A work party is scheduled for Wednesday, August 18 at 9 a.m. Volunteers will be moving the saved timbers, cleaning them and assessing their condition. Volunteers should bring work gloves, hammers and safety glasses.

This work will help in the effort leading to the barn being raised once again on the grounds of the Tuck Museum, located on Park Avenue in Hampton. When complete, the barn will be used for display, education programs and events.

The c.1795 barn was dismantled in May and saved from demolition through the efforts of Chet Riley, the Heritage Commission and community volunteers.

For more information on volunteering or contributing to the restoration process, call Ben Moore at (603) 926-2543.

Also, the Society is in the process of raising $60,000 to re-erect the barn. Members of the Seacoast area community are invited to contribute much-needed donations to help bring the HHS's barn project to its completion.

Contributions of any amount are being gratefully accepted; those over $100 will be recognized on a permanent plaque which will be on display in the barn. Four levels of recognition will be available: "Donor," $100 and over; "Supporter," $250 and over; "Sponsor," $500 and over; and "Benefactor," $1000 and over.

With the community's help, the HHS will be successful in preserving yet another piece of Hampton history. For additional information about the Hampton Historical Society or the barn project, call (603) 929-0781 or visit www.hamptonhistoricalsociety.org.