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Bath church attended by Ray Burton on historic register

A 140-year-old church that Executive Councilor Ray Burton attended and lobbied to put on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places has joined the list.

Burton, who died Nov. 12 after suffering from kidney cancer, was a resident of Bath and a lifetime member of the Bath Congregational Church. Before his death, he worked with the state Division of Historical Resources to nominate it to the state register.

The church was built in 1873 in the Gothic Revival style and has been well preserved. The church has long been a presence in the social life of the community.

Benefits of being listed on the state register include special consideration and relief from some building codes and regulations; designation of a property as historical, prequalifying it for many grant programs, including Conservation License Plate grants and New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program grants; and acknowledgment of a property’s historical significance in the community.

Anyone wishing to nominate a property to the register must research the history of the property and document it fully on individual inventory forms from the Division of Historical Resources.

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