Bill that encourages preservation of state’s historic buildings signed into law
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into a law a bill that encourages the preservation of historic buildings in New Hampshire.
The bill enable a towns and cities to appraise historic stores at a reduced rate to enable their continued operation.
The focus of the bill is historic village stores like Robie's in Hooksett, which secured a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in the year 2000.
When Lloyd Robie - the fourth generation of Robies to own the store - grew too old to run it anymore, town activists banded together and bought it to keep it open.
Hassan says preserving stores such as Robie's - a prominent campaign stop for 60 years - is critical to maintaining a sense of history and knowledge of the state.