My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gilmanton, New Hampshire Library Revisited -- It Was Worth The Trip

When I posted a short article about the Gilmanton Library located in Gilmanton, New Hampshire last fall, I mentioned that I couldn't get in because it was closed that day. However, I loved the barn building and wanted to return. A few days later, I received a message from a reader, an executive for a genealogy software company stating that his wife's uncle was the architect and that he, my reader had never seen interior photos. I told him, I would return and take photos for him and for all of us to see this unique barn library. From Wikipedia, I found this tidbit of news, "The town became well known in the 1950s after it was rumored that the popular novel Peyton Place, written by resident Grace Metalious, was based on the town."

Love that the library sits on all this land!
Red doors open and you can see through the library to the back of the building.
Front entrance (above and below).

From back glass panes looking towards the front.
Looking out the back window (above and below)

Reference desk is to the left. See the owl?
Reading area, above and below.

Children's Room.
Below are three photos of the loft, a quiet place to meet and study.

New Hampshire Preservation Alliance

2009 Preservation Achievement Award

presented to
Gilmanton Year Round Library Association
outstanding revitalization of a 1790 barn
(Note: the barn was moved from Hampton, N.H.)
A diagram of the library layout posted on their bulletin board.
Views from the back, oh so perfect.

Thank you, Jim Falardeau and Tom Gosselin for giving me the thrill to see your beautiful work and share my photos on this blog.