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A House, A Barn, A Community

Penacook Historical Society - Nathanial Rolfe Barn DVD/Video

DVD $19.95

DVD Video

In 2002, Penacook residents learned that a beloved barn was on the verge of being dismantled and moved thousands of miles away. The Nathaniel Rolfe Barn, believed to be one-of-a-kind in New Hampshire, had stood near the banks of the Merrimack River for over 200 years. Its sturdy frame and cathedral-like interior spoke to the richness of the floodplain soils, as well as to carpentry skills now nearly lost. The structure also encapsulated over two centuries of local history, as Penacook shifted from an agrarian economy to a prosperous industrial village.

This video tells the remarkable story of how a small village rallied to save its barn – a story that caught the attention of the national press. It is a story common to many towns, as citizens grapple with the challenges of maintaining local heritage and ensuring a future for vacant or underused buildings. It also tells of a community landmark like no other and what it represents to its neighbors, as well as to people everywhere.

Through stunning images, historical photographs, and interviews with scholars and local residents, the video artfully introduces you to a stunning building, its family and its community.


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