John Paul Jones House Receives $27,500 Grant

New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program Awards $27,500 Grant to Portsmouth Historical Society for renovations to John Paul Jones House, a National Historic Landmark

LCHIP Grant 2016 John Paul Jones House Awarded

Reagan Ruedig (center), chair of Building and Grounds Committee for the Portsmouth Historical Society, receiving the grant award letter from Governor Maggie Hassan (left) and LCHIP Board Chair Doug Cole (right). Photo by Perry Smith

Portsmouth, New Hampshire… Governor Maggie Hassan and Senate President Chuck Morse joined together to congratulate LCHIP’s most recent grant recipients on their hard work and successful efforts toward protecting the special places that define New Hampshire. Governor Hassan observed that “The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is critical to protecting our natural, historical and cultural resources, and I am proud that we restored funding for LCHIP in 2013 and maintained that commitment in our current bipartisan budget. For every dollar invested by LCHIP, we see a significant return on investment through the economic activity generated by those conservation efforts. This year’s grants will support important projects across the state that will preserve our natural beauty and protect our rich history and vibrant culture.”

Portsmouth Historical Society is receiving a $27,500 award in support of its $57,111 project to renovate the John Paul Jones house, recognized as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 1972, was built in 1758 for Captain Gregory & Sarah Purcell. When Captain Purcell died in 1776, Sarah took in boarders until her death in 1783. It was during 1781-1782 that John Paul Jones boarded at the house during his supervision of the building of the ship AMERICA. PHS has owned the building since 1919, when it became an historical museum.

According to Judith Livingston Loto​​, Director of Development for Portsmouth Historical Society, “The proposed LCHIP project would address assessment and re-pointing of open joints in the foundation walls of the main house and the carriage house, and re-grading around the perimeter of the two buildings and their dependencies to mitigate drainage issues, prevent water infiltration, and slow down deterioration of the exterior envelope. Further evaluation of the interior foundation walls will determine the extent of interior foundation stabilization needs and repair. Deteriorated clapboards on the carriage house require replacement, and the property’s original perimeter fence (ca. pre-1853) has several sections in need of repair or replacement in-kind to maintain the security of the property and the safety of the museum’s visitors. We couldn’t be more pleased with this grant award.”

Portsmouth Historical Society’s project is one of 35 awarded funding in LCHIP’s fifteenth grant round supporting projects ranging from Northumberland in the North County to Nashua in the south and from Portsmouth in the east to Claremont in the west. The three and a half million dollars awarded by LCHIP are being matched by nearly $20,000,000 in funds from other sources.

Grant decisions are made by the 18-member LCHIP Board of Directors following a rigorous months-long application and review process. “The LCHIP Board of Directors is always pleased to help with saving New Hampshire’s historic landmarks and landscapes,” observed LCHIP Board Chairman Doug Cole of DS Cole Growers in Loudon. He continued: “It is great to see historic buildings rehabilitated to their original glory and contributing to the local economy again.”

About New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program

The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is an independent state authority that provides matching grants to New Hampshire communities and nonprofits to protect and preserve the state’s most important natural, cultural and historic resources. Its legislatively mandated mission is to ensure the perpetual contribution of these resources to the economy, environment, and the quality of life in New Hampshire. Since its inception in 2000, the program has provided 372 grants which have helped to protect nearly 200 historic structures and sites and to conserve more than 278,000 acres of land for food production, water quality, ecological values, timber management and recreation including hunting and fishing. Grants have been awarded in all parts of the state and in 149 of New Hampshire’s communities. Thirty-nine million dollars of state money have leveraged more than $244 million in funds from other sources. LCHIP grants are supported by fees on four documents recorded at the Registry of Deeds in every county of the state.

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