Tuftonboro resident donates 24 acres to hospice care agency

 Jeremy Hodgdon’s parents, Patricia and Raeburn, who are the oldest Tuftonboro natives still living in town, and who reside nearby. 

 Jeremy Hodgdon’s parents, Patricia and Raeburn, who are the oldest Tuftonboro natives still living in town, and who reside nearby.  Courtesy

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Monitor staff

Published: 11-08-2023 5:18 PM

Modified: 11-13-2023 5:38 PM


In an act of generosity, Jeremy Hodgdon, a sixth-generation resident of Tuftonboro, left a significant legacy for his community.

Hodgdon, who passed away in May of 2022, bequeathed two of his properties on Phinneas Graves Road, a piece of land that had remained in the Hodgdon family’s care since 1928, to Granite VNA, a statewide home care agency.

“We are extremely grateful to Mr. Hodgdon and his family for this generous and thoughtful bequest,” said Beth Slepian, president and CEO of Granite VNA. “We are honored to become stewards of the funds we will receive when the property sells, and we take seriously our duty of ensuring that Mr. Hodgdon’s gift will benefit his Lakes Region family members, friends and neighbors for years to come.”

Hodgdon’s decision to bequeath the property to Granite VNA was made in memory of a longtime companion who had received services from the agency. His mother, Patricia, had also received care from the agency.

The agency has served in New Hampshire since 1899 with offices in Concord, Laconia and Wolfeboro. It provides home care, hospice care, palliative care, pediatric and maternal child health services, and wellness programming for people of all ages in 82 communities across the Greater Capital Region and Central New Hampshire.

The 27.25-acre parcel represents a part of a more extensive piece of land that was once part of a vast 1,000-acre estate owned by various members of the Hodgdon family, including Jeremy’s parents, Raeburn and Patricia. The Hogdon family has a tradition of serving the town and this is not the first time. Previously, the family gave 140 acres to the town for the conservation of the Great Meadow, a wetland complex in town.

Jeremy’s parents, Raeburn, 94, and Patricia, 95, are the oldest living Tuftonboro natives who still reside in town. The couple have been married for 72 years and still live independently.

“I grew up working on our family farm where we raised cows and vegetables and harvested timber,” said Raeburn. “After serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, I returned home to marry my sweetheart, Patricia. My father, Forrest, gave us 11 acres to start our life together. We built a home and raised our sons here, and when they were grown, we gave each of them five acres, continuing our family tradition.”

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Eventually, Jeremy, a craftsman expanded his five-acre parcel to 24 acres of level land with mature trees situated atop Mountain and Phineas Roads.

The properties valued at $750,000 will be sold and the proceeds from this sale will go towards supporting Granite VNA’s services in the Lakes Region.Learn more about Granite VNA at granitevna.org.