- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

FRANCESTOWN, N.H. (AP) - The town common in Francestown and the Centennial Hall in North Hampton, New Hampshire, have been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

In Francestown, the common includes Town Hall and Academy building, a former student boarding house known as “The Beehive,” a horse shed, platform scales used to weigh hay, and a granite watering trough now used as a summertime planter.

The Town Hall and Academy, built in 1847, had as many as 100 students attending. The “Beehive” is one of the very few mid-19th century dormitories that remain largely unchanged, with simply detailed bed chambers, dining room and study. A separate kitchen and chamber provided private space for a superintendent.

In North Hampton, Centennial Hall, built in 1876, served as a combination school and community hall. Many of the original interior architectural details remain, including an oak staircase with intricate newel post and beadboard, historic light fixtures and a dumbwaiter.

A raised stage was added to the public hall in 1899, and it hosted dances, masquerade balls and a whist card game party, with a live goose as the prize.



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