Mascoma Valley Preservation to Buy Grafton Meetinghouse

Jun 17, 2019

The owners of a historic church in Grafton that was seriously damaged in a 2016 fire have agreed to sell it to the Mascoma Valley Preservation, a nonprofit group that wants to restore it.

The Grafton Center Meetinghouse was built in 1798 and served as both the town government office and a Congregational Church until 1963.

It's been the subject of a tax dispute since 2010, when it was purchased by the Peaceful Assembly Church. The church's leader, John Connell, died in the fire, and the building has since fallen into disrepair.

"Many of us have patiently waited for something good to happen here for years."
The former Peaceful Assembly Church, and Grafton Center Meetinghouse, was built in 1797-98.
Credit Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Leaders of Mascoma Valley Preservation say the church's board has agreed to sell the property, which was on the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance's list of "Seven to Save" in 2017.

 

In a press release, Andrew Cushing, president of the group, said:  "Many of us have patiently waited for something good to happen here for years, and Mascoma Valley Preservation is thankful to the Peaceful Assembly Church for making this sale happen."

 

Officials say it will be a daunting but worthwhile project to save a building that has tremendous historical value.

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