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New drainage project begins at Barrett House

Sep 29, 2011

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

Partially fundedthrough the State of New Hampshire Land Conservation Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and thePreservation Maintenance Fund, the project has two phases: site drainage and barnstructural stabilization. The goal is to collect and divert water away from the buildingby 1) establishing swales to guide water rollingoff the hill behind the house away from the building, 2) re-grading around thehouse to allow water to flow away from the foundation, and3) 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 archaeologistsguided excavation to ensure buried historic resources were not damaged duringconstruction.

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