Heritage panel tackles inventory

LYNDEBOROUGH – Developing an inventory of the town’s historic and cultural sites will be the first project taken on by the newly formed Heritage Commission.

At an organizational meeting Tuesday, Chase Roeper was named chairman. The commission will next meet Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the town library.

Historic sites include the foundations of former sawmills, old stone culverts, significant cellar holes such as the former Pinnacle House, gravesites not in cemeteries, and monuments such as the granite shaft beside Center Road, which marks the spot where Christianna Woodward was killed when thrown from a wagon in 1852.

The Woodward Monument is to be repaired under terms of a subdivision of the area, and the Commission will oversee that project.

Obtaining a historic marker for Route 31 describing the former Lyndeborough Glass Factory is also on the list of projects, as is developing a list of historic barns. Criteria for what constitutes an “historic barn” will be developed.

Other members of the commission are Jenn Bailey, Planning Board member Robert Rogers, Selectman Frank Holden and Jessie Salisbury, who was named secretary/treasurer at Tuesday’s meeting. Alternates have not yet been named by the selectmen, and anyone interested may contact the town office.