, Derry, New Hampshire


September 20, 2012

Progress is slow on historic Morrison House


There must be enough money to put in one major segment at a time, Pothier said.

Initially, Pothier was supposed to resume work over the summer, but he had other projects come up, Colglazier said.

While the historical society has considered using other contractors to speed up the process, Pothier already knows all the details of the house.

“It would probably cost more and take longer to get a different contractor at this point,” Colglazier said. “Bob is very good at restoration, and he already knows all of the measurements and configurations of the project.”

Yet another setback for the reconstruction were the deaths of two Historical Society members, John and Ginny Dahlfred. The two were very involved with the Historical Society, and the Rev. William Morrison House in particular, Potheir said.

Once completed, the 1,200-square-foot-house will stand two stories tall. The reconstruction of the Rev. William Morrison House is just one aspect of a bigger picture. The end result of the project is to bring other historic landmarks in the area to life, in order to educate and inspire the community, historical society president Judy Seppala said.

While there is no set completion date for the project, more and more people do want to see it completed.

“A lot of people still want to see it go up,” Colglazier said. “We still get a lot of questions about the speed of the project.”

Also located on Pillsbury Road is the 1840 R.P. Clark and Sons Blacksmith Shop, the 1859 Parmenter Barn and the Morrison House Museum.

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