Rockingham seeks nominations for annual Old House Awards contest

ROCKINGHAM — Nominations are now open for the 2020 edition of the Rockingham Old House Awards.

“In the 'Age of Covid,' the Commission is excited to continue our annual Old House Awards program,” Dr. John Leppman, chair of the Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission (RHPC), said in a news release. “This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate with property owners their restoration and renewal of historic homes and commercial buildings.”

There are multiple award categories with multiple awardees. Categories include awards for best private residence, commercial building, apartment building, and curb appeal.

“Patting yourself on the back or acknowledging your neighbor's efforts at restoring and preserving our town's historic landscape is quick and simple, giving credit where credit is due,” said RHPC Coordinator Walter Wallace.

Eligible properties must be at least 50 years old and have been renovated, painted, or otherwise enhanced on the exterior within the past five years.

Properties must be located within the town of Rockingham, which includes the villages of Bellows Falls, Saxtons River, Bartonsville, Cambridgeport, and Brockways Mills.

Nominations may be made by calling the Rockingham's Development Office (802-463-3964, ext. 1112), sending an email to [email protected], or writing to Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission Coordinator, Town of Rockingham, P.O. Box 370, Bellows Falls, VT 05101. All nominations should include the property's address and, if possible, the owner's name.

Deadline for nominations is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1. The commission will select winners at its October meeting.

Award winners, announced Oct. 15, will receive Old House Awards plaques.

This program is supported by a grant from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

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