The Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) region is rich in American history, dating to its original European settlement in 1623; but also extending back into pre-history with the earliest Native American sites dating back 9,000 years. Among these resources are buildings, sites, documents, and institutions that trace the history of not just individual towns or cities, but the State of New Hampshire and the nation as a whole. These resources help to define the character of our communities, and contribute to the region’s quality of life and economic vitality.
The purpose of this chapter is fourfold:
To identify and describe the historical resources of the Rockingham region and their significance in local, regional, state and national history
To present an overview of preservation tools and techniques that communities in the region currently use or should consider.
To identify key issues that communities will need to address as part of local preservation efforts.
To offer recommendations and action steps for the Planning Commission and communities to better identify, preserve, promote, and benefit from the region’s cultural heritage.