The National Register
The National Register of Historic Places is a program of the United States Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation within the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service. It is a part of a national policy to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our cultural and natural resources. The National Register is the official list of buildings, structures, sites, districts, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture which are worthy of preservation.
There are sixty-five individual National Register of Historic Places and twelve National Register Historic Districts located within the Lakes Region. The Lakes Region Planning Commission has been responsible for completing and submitting fifty-seven of these nominations for inclusion in the National Register. Hopefully, by placing these properties in the National Register, greater public awareness and appreciation of these historically and architecturally important places will be achieved.
Copies of the completed nomination forms, along with photographs of each National Register nomination, have been placed on deposit at the State of New Hampshire Division of Historic Resources Office in Concord, as well as at the Lakes Region Planning Commission office, Humiston Building, Meredith.
Through its National Register and Historic Preservation Programs, the Lakes Region Planning Commission has made a significant contribution to the New Hampshire Historic Preservation Program.
David Ruell, Architectural Historian, is author of the majority of National Register nominations within the Lakes Region. Mr. Ruell provided extensive research and text for this book A Guide to National Register Properties in the Lakes Region. Other works authored by Mr. Ruell include: Public Libraries in the Lakes Region - An Architectural Survey, published by the Lakes Region Planning Commission, 1986; The "Round" Meeting houses of New Hampshire and Vermont, HISTORICAL NEW HAMPSHIRE, Summer/Fall, 1981 and The Bird's Eye View of New Hampshire, Historical New Hampshire, spring 1983 (entire issue). James H. Rollins, professional planner and historical preservationist recognizing the need to bring the wealth of information contained in the National Register nomination inventory from the file cabinets out to public view and awareness, envisioned and edited this publication. Both Mr. Ruell and Mr. Rollins are employed by the Lakes Region Planning Commission and are residents of Ashland, New Hampshire.