The Rolfe Homestead Project
1790's Nathaniel Rolfe Barn
1774 Nathaniel Rolfe House
In 2004, the Penacook Historical Society acquired
key elements of the Rolfe Homestead, including the oldest surviving
house in Penacook Village and a unique double English barn, both
constructed in the 18th century. These structures were built by
Nathaniel Rolfe, one of Penacook’s first settlers and grandson of Henry
Rolfe, an original proprietor of Concord. Our first step after
acquisition was to commission an historic structures report for these
buildings to document their features and guide the Society in their
rehabilitation, maintenance, and use in the coming years.
Rehabilitation work on the 1774 house to date has included roofing,
repair of exterior trim, and chimney repair. Rehabilitation work on the
barn and attached carriage sheds has included roofing, grading around
the perimeter to address drainage problems, and foundation work. We
anticipate that rehabilitation of the barn will be completed during the
summer of 2008.
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In January 2008, the Society purchased the house
across the street, built by Nathaniel’s son Abiel in 1834. This 14-room
farmhouse remained in the Rolfe family into the early 1990s, and has
many original features intact. The Society is using the first floor for
meeting and exhibit space and is renting office space and a small
apartment on the second floor.
Listed on the State Register of Historic Places as the Rolfe Family Historic District - Concord (Penacook) New Hampshire.