A gas station-turned-coffee shop in Lebanon, a stone-arched bridge in New Ipswich, and a church turned into condominiums in Concord are among projects winning recognition from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.
Other projects that won praise Tuesday are the restoration of a shed in Freedom that housed rollers used to flatten snow on roads, before plows; the rehabilitation of Francestown's 1847 Town Hall; and the restoration of a cast-iron fence around a churchyard in Holderness.
They are among 11 projects recognized for outstanding historic preservation activity.
Winners were honored for their stewardship of community assets and gathering places; excellence in large- and small-scale community development projects; and preservation of rare and iconic properties.
Katie Maher and Susan MacLeod are co-chairs of Ashland's Reuben Whitten Committee at the 29th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards. In a statement, they said, "History's value is not in dry facts, but in human stories."
(View the photos of each in the slideshow at the top of this post for more information on the projects.)