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On a recent morning, Historic New England staff arrived at Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and found the decorative wood fence in front of the house damaged. It suspiciously looked as if it had been kicked into the yard, damaging two boxed posts, several pickets, and the bottom rails of two sections. Our property care team had already planned to fix general wear and tear on the fence this summer.
What started as a simple project to clean off mold and mildew and repaint the fence, however, turned into a repair project that included the replacement of unusable wood trim and repairs to the damaged pickets and bottom rails. The remaining portions of the decorative fence were then cleaned, scraped, and repainted. Today it shines brightly, guarding the front facade of the house.
The fence is just one of many improvements happening at Langdon House this year. Other projects include repairs to and repainting of the front portico columns and balustrade, which were completed this spring; repainting of the front dormers, widow’s walk, and shutters, which are currently in progress; and window conservation and a bright new coat of white wash at the visitor center, or North Lodge, scheduled for the fall.
These projects allow Historic New England to welcome the public for tours, programs, and, new this year, exhibitions at Langdon House. To support essential preservation work at our historic properties, please consider giving to the Preservation Maintenance Fund.