Historical and Archaeological
From the Abenaki meaning, “swift water place” the waters of the Merrimack River have given sustenance, provided transportation, and pleasure to native Americans, our early settlers and the diversity of cultures and communities that settle its banks today. Local historical societies and heritage commissions continue to remind us through exhibits and preservation of precious artifacts and historical places of where we have been and how far we have come as individuals and as communities and that our heritage is intimately entwined with the Merrimack River. The sense of pride and unity we carry with in our hearts is reflected in the windows of the small shops and restored fabric mills that line our Main Street communities. The physical local, layout, and social fabric of our existing communities cannot be separated from the historical connection to the River. The River brought trade and commerce to the Abenaki and Merrimack tribes as well as provided power for the businesses and industry that built the unique mill towns, small cities, and large metropolitans that continue to rejoice in its natural splendor, rich heritage, and economical prosperity.
GOAL 9: Historical and archaeological sites within the upper Merrimack River watershed are identified, recognized, and appreciated by watershed communities for their value to the landscape and local culture and are preserved for future generations.
OBJECTIVE: HA-1 – By mid-2008, in consultation with the NH Division of Historical Resources and the local historical societies in each corridor community, an inventory of at least 50% of the historical and archaeological sites within the communities will be compiled using existing sources prepared at the state or local level.
- Identify areas of significant historical importance for protection and preservation
- Identify areas of significant archeological importance for excavation and protection and preservation.
- Assist with the development of legislation governing the establishment and declaration of protected historical and archeological sites/areas.
OBJECTIVE: HA-2 – By early-2009, historical and archaeological sites inventory data will be incorporated into a map that will be distributed to communities and the public to promote better stewardship of historic resources in the community.
- Compile historical site and structure data for each community an incorporate into a GIS map for distribution to local and state historical commissions, archeological organizations, regional and local planning commissions, as well as local zoning boards.
- Coordinate with watershed communities’ city and town clerks to make maps are available to the general public through their town halls and parks and recreation departments.
OBJECTIVE: HA-3 – By 2010, historical and archeological sites that are unique and relevant to the River and vulnerable to potential loss or destruction and are in need of restoration will be documented and the information provided to the communities.
- Provide support to state and local authorities through local advisory committees concerning law enforcement of areas and sites declared to be of historical or archeological significance along the corridor.
- Promote public awareness and appreciation of areas/sites declared to be historically and archeologically valuable through UMRLAC publications and fundraisers.