Survey of Historical Resources

What Is The Historic Resource Survey?
The survey is a process of identifying and gathering data on Stratham’s historic resources.  It is being undertaken by the Heritage Commission as part of its mission to assist the town in recognizing the historical and cultural assets that help to define our community.
Using forms and guidelines provided by the N.H. Division of Historic Resources, Stratham survey volunteers will do the field work to collect data on historic properties including accurate information on exterior building style, materials, and architectural details, as well as landscape features and setting.  
Beyond the field work, the volunteers will research properties to construct a chronological history of a property.  Sources for this research may include deeds, historic maps and photographs, the collections of the Stratham Historical Society, and interviews with long-time residents.

Why Undertake A Historic Resource Survey?
Stratham’s Master Plan states that the town "desires a well planned community with a rural residential and agricultural character... (with) protected natural and historic resources."  Accurate information on historic resources is essential to that goal of planning for preservation and for growth that is consistent with values and character of our community.  Just as we need information to guide the wise use of our natural resources, we need comprehensive data to make informed decisions about our cultural and historic resources. 

What Will Be The End Product And How Will It Be Used?
The completed survey forms will be sent to the N.H. Division of Historic Resources as part of its statewide survey effort.  In Stratham the survey data will be entered into a database that will also serve as a file of scanned images of historic photographs and documents and as a link to further research sources.  The survey database will be used by the Heritage Commission, the Planning Office and Planning Board as well as other boards, commissions and committees whose work may require access to historic information.  Recently, for instance, survey data was used in the preparation of two town grant applications. It is also anticipated that the survey will be of use to property owners, genealogists, and all those interested in town history.