BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – The Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission opened nominations for its 2019 Old House Awards Monday, July 1. The awards are designed to celebrate property owners in town who are maintaining and restoring their historic homes and commercial buildings.
There will be awards in multiple categories in 2019, with multiple winners. Awards in previous years have gone to a variety of buildings, including residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed-use properties.
Eligible properties are older homes and businesses that have been renovated, painted, or otherwise enhanced on the exterior in the past five years. Properties must be located within the town of Rockingham, including the incorporated villages of Bellows Falls and Saxtons River as well as the hamlets of Bartonsville, Cambridgeport, and Rockingham Village, and the town’s rural areas. To qualify, properties must be at least 50 years old and can be residential, commercial, or industrial in use.
Residents may enter their own properties or nominate someone else who has recently improved the appearance of a historic house or building in their neighborhood or the town.
To nominate a property for the 2019 Old House Awards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Rockingham Historic Preservation Coordinator, P.O. Box 370, Bellows Falls, VT, 05101. All nominations should include the property’s address and the owner’s name, as well as a brief description of the work that has been done. Photographs will be greatly appreciated.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 16. The Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission will select 2019 winners at its meeting in September. There will be a reception in October to celebrate the winning property owners and to distribute brass Old House Awards plaques. This program is supported by a grant from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.