The Hampton Heritage Commission was established by vote of the Town Meeting on 16 March 1996 in accordance with RSA 674:44a. Its purpose is the proper documentation, recognition, use, and protection of resources, tangible or intangible, primarily man-made, that are of value for their historic, cultural, aesthetic, or community significance within their natural, built, or cultural contexts.
As part of the effort to document the historic and cultural resources in the town of Hampton, the Commission has sponsored projects to map and record the grave markers in the Pine Grove and Ring Swamp Cemeteries and to document and recognize the older homes in Hampton that are still standing. The Marker Program is open to all homes that are over 50 years old.
Because Hampton is a rapidly growing and changing community, the Commission documents all buildings which are demolished as a record of the earlier face of the town. All demolition permits require the Commissionís signature.
As part of its mission to preserve the heritage of Hampton, the Commission carries out regular inspections to check for damage and needed repair of three historic buildings that are owned by the Town of Hampton. These structures are the Grist Mill on High Street, the fish house at Bicentennial Park at the beach, and the blacksmith shop with a small outbuilding at the Victory Garden on Barbour Road. The Heritage Commission communicates with the Town Manager if repairs are needed.
Additional information on all of the Commissionís functions and programs are available on this site. All forms, requirements and instructions are available by download from this site. Please contact the commission if you have any questions.
Go to the Meetings page for the schedule of meetings and to see minutes from prior meetings.
Susan Erwin, Vice-Chairman
Rick Griffin, Selectmenís
Allen Palmer, Community Member