- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A one-room schoolhouse, a former railroad-era inn and centuries-old buildings along the seacoast are among the historic places named Tuesday to this year’s “Seven to Save” list from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.

The Kelley Corner School in lower Gilmanton is still owned by the local school district. Advocates are working to raise funds for repairing it. The Sanborn House, built in 1871 in Wakefield, has been targeted by a developer who is trying to get approval to demolish it and replace it with a store.

The alliance also is drawing attention to properties such as the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion and other buildings, landscapes and Native American archaeological sites on the coast identified as endangered by a coastal risk and hazards commission. The 18th century mansion, home to New Hampshire’s first royal governor, sits on the banks of Little Harbor.

The commission said the grounds and part of the mapping are exposed to sea-level rise and storm surge and has been identified by the state as a priority for a detailed vulnerability analysis.

Others on this year’s list include the Meredith Public Library; the St. Francis Xavier Church in Nashua; the Aston-Lessard Barn in Shelburne; and the Coos County Farm in West Stewartstown.

The Shelburne barn, built in 1888, was known to residents as a gathering place for Big Band music in the 1920s and as a roller skating venue up to the 1960s. An advisory committee in Coos County is looking for new uses for the large barn compound after public forums were held in 2013.

This is the 11th list since the “Seven to Save” program began in 2006. Since then, more than half of the listed properties have moved from threatened status to saved or are on their way to being saved.

The list features “the sort of places that you can’t imagine your community without,” said Jennifer Goodman, executive director of the alliance. She added, “advocates for these places know that saving the past enriches the present, and today we recognize seven great opportunities to transform threatened resources into vibrant community assets once again.”

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