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Historic N.H. home would be moved for business

There’s a proposal to save a nearly 200-year-old home in Charlestown that faced demolition to make room for a convenience store, but the house would no longer be part of the National Historic Register.

The Stephen Hasham house would be dismantled and moved if the plans are approved for the new Jiffy Mart.

The Valley News reported that Wayne McCutcheon, who owns an engineering services business in Claremont, said the house would be moved to property he owns on Acworth Road in Charlestown, where the historic Little Red Schoolhouse was moved in 1999.

“I’ll be getting that house, so it won’t be going to a landfill in the back of a dump truck,” said McCutcheon, a member of the Charlestown Historical Society. “He (Hasham) was important to Charlestown, so we will preserve that house.”

Hasham was born in Boston in 1761 and came to Charlestown in his 20s. He was a clockmaker who built his house and several other buildings. The house would lose its historic designation if moved.

Charlestown Heritage Commission Chairwoman Joyce Higgins said saving the house is both good and bad news.

“We lose a house on the (National) Historic Register, arguably the most historic one the town has left on the register,” Higgins said. “People come to see the house and now we will have nothing to show them. We feel bad about the loss to Main Street.”

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