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New drainage project begins at Barrett House

Barrett drainage

Drainage work began this week at Barrett House in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.

Partially funded through the State of New Hampshire Land Conservation Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and the Preservation Maintenance Fund, the project has two phases: site drainage and barn structural stabilization. The goal is to collect and divert water away from the building by 1) establishing swales to guide water rolling off the hill behind the house away from the building, 2) re-grading around the house to allow water to flow away from the foundation, and 3) connecting the gutters and downspouts to an underground system that carries water collected from the roof to our field across the street.

We performed an archaeological investigation in anticipation of the project. The findings help dictate where work can take place. During the first week of work archaeologists guided excavation to ensure buried historic resources were not damaged during construction.

To learn more, read our white papers on drainage. To support ongoing efforts at the Barrett House and our thirty-five other historic properties, please consider contributing to the Preservation Maintenance Fund.

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New drainage project begins at Barrett House