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Londonderry

September 20, 2012

Progress is slow on historic Morrison House

LONDONDERRY — Although the Londonderry Historical Society is still fund-

raising and collecting donations to rebuild the Reverend Morrison House, the contractor has not been at the site in months.

The historic building was one of the first houses built in Londonderry. It was constructed in 1725 on Gilcreast Road.

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In 2007, the house was dismantled by First Period Colonial Restoration of Kingston. Since then, the house has sat inside storage containers at 140 Pillsbury Road.

The historical society was awarded approximately $150,000 by the Town Council in order to take down and store segments of the house and still has some money left over. Combined with some recent donations and fundraising efforts, the Historical Society has about $40,000 left to rebuild the house.

However, the project could cost upward of $150,000, depending on how detailed the reconstruction process gets, treasurer David Colglazier said.

The 2 acres used for the house were donated by the owners of Mack’s Apples in in 1990.

Despite the resources, construction process has been slow.

A foundation was laid and some support beams were set into place in 2009, but there has been little progress since then.

First Period Colonial Restoration is also tasked with the reconstruction process. Robert Pothier is the sole owner and operator.

“He seems to commit himself to too many projects,” Colglazier said.

Historical society members have been in contact in recent months about the status of the project, but construction has seem to have hit a brick wall.

One of the toughest parts of the process was finding all the right pieces the house needs.

“White oak is very susceptible to water damage and splitting, the ideal wood also needs to be chemical free,” Pothier said.

Keeping wood dry and protected from the elements is just one part of the battle. In addition, the house must be assembled in large sections, not piece by piece, which is a costly process, which brings in the funding issue.

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