Merrimack County Savings Bank (The Merrimack) supports Canterbury Shaker Village in their effort to match the funds needed to repair damages to a historic building. The $10,000 donation from The Merrimack will go towards replacing the roof of the Dwelling House to prevent further water damage to the 18th century structure.
“Support from The Merrimack and other organizations is a game changer for us,” said Leslie Nolan, Executive Director, Canterbury Shaker Village. “The main roofs of the Dwelling House are in poor condition and have been since 2021. Time is of the essence.”
The non-profit anticipates replacing the roof in the spring of 2023, however, they are still working to secure $78,000 more in contributions to cover contractor costs.
“We are pleased to be able to help preserve history that spans overs 200 years,” said Linda Lorden, President of The Merrimack. “It’s important to invest in our local non-profits that help enrich not only our community, but the entire state.”
Canterbury Shaker Village is designated as a National Historic Landmark with 25 restored original Shaker buildings and 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings. In addition to tours, exhibits, and programs, Canterbury Shaker Village features 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. For more information, visit shakers.org.
The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) is an independent state authority providing matching grants to municipalities and non-profits to conserve and preserve New Hampshire’s natural, cultural and historic resources. Since 2000, LCHIP has provided 530 grants totaling over $54 million, helping conserve 235,000 acres of land and preserve 324 historic structures and sites across the state. To learn more about LCHIP, visit LCHIP.org.