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Entries sought for Rockingham Old House Awards

ROCKINGHAM — Nominations are open for Rockingham Old House Awards 2023.

"Inaugurated by the Bellows Falls Historical Society over 25 years ago, the Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission carries the baton to celebrate with property owners their ongoing restoration and renewal of historic homes and commercial buildings," John Leppman, Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission chair, said in a news release. The awards program is sponsored by the Commission.

Multiple award categories include awards for best private residence, commercial building, and apartment building. There will be multiple awardees.

"Since its start in 1997, owners of over 170 homes and commercial buildings have been honored for conservation of their properties," said Commission coordinator Walter Wallace.

Eligible properties are older homes that have been renovated, painted, or otherwise enhanced on the exterior, usually in the past five years. Properties must be located within the town of Rockingham, including the villages of Bellows Falls and Saxtons River, the hamlets of Bartonsville, Cambridgeport, Brockways Mills, and the town's rural areas. To qualify, properties must be at least 50 years old and may be residential or commercial.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m.

Nominations may be made by 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.

The awards will be announced Saturday, Sept. 30, with a presentation ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Meeting House in Old Rockingham Village during the Southern Vermont Flannel Festival.

The Old House Awards program is supported in part through funding from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service through the Certified Local Government program.

This Town and Village item was submitted to The Commons.

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