Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Then & Now

In New Hampshire, RSA (Revised Statutes Annotated) 79-D starts with the following information:
79-D:1 Declaration of Public Interest. – It is hereby declared to be in the public interest to encourage the preservation of historic agricultural structures which are potentially subject to decay or demolition, thus maintaining the historic rural character of the state's landscape, sustaining agricultural traditions, and providing an attractive scenic environment for work and recreation of the state's citizens and visitors.   It is further declared to be in the public interest to prevent the loss of historic agricultural structures due to property taxation at values incompatible with their preservation.   The means for encouraging preservation of historic agricultural structures authorized by this chapter is the acquisition of discretionary preservation easements by town or city governments to assure preservation of such structures which provide a demonstrated public benefit.
Now, I don't know if our old barn qualifies, but today, I submitted an application to find out.   While doing the required paperwork, I found the following comparison of photos kinda cool.

Estimated to be at the turn of the century, more than 100 years ago.

Aside from a few pasture sheds, a one car garage, and the annex being extended out and up in the 1970's, the picture is pretty much the same.   I wonder what things will look like in another 100 years...

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