Posts Tagged ‘Raspberry Farm’

Conservation and historic preservation

April 23, 2010

Raspberry Farm, Hampton Falls, NH - Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman/


The National Trust for Historic Preservation has added a section to its website that focuses on the link between conservation and preservation. Visiting there for the first time yesterday, I was pleased to see that TPL Heritage Lands projects among the examples cited. 

When a place has significant cultural importance the historic preservation movement stands ready to protect it. Many of us are also members of land conservation organizations that work to protect places of profound natural, agricultural, or open space value. But what about special places that boast a range of values? These places – often defined as cultural landscapes – are more than the sum of their parts. Loss of one dimension diminishes our experience of the whole place. Yet these complex sites can present challenges for organizations and resources structured to address solely historic preservation or land protection. 

Among the historic landscapes and buildings profiled in these pages are: 

  • The 175-mile-long Journey Through Hallowed Ground heritage corridor, a historic route along which TPL has protected land, and which we featured in the fall 2006 issue of Land&People magazine
  • The New Hampshire homestead of statesman and famed orator Daniel Webster (1782-1852, protected by TPL and local preservation groups in 2007.
  • Walden Woods–the home turf of Henry David Thoreau–protected by TPL and the Walden Woods Project in 1990. (This interview about the project with Eagles lead singer and preservationist Don Henley is worth a read.)
  • Raspberry Farm, in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, protected by TPL in cooperation with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance last year

There are lots of other projects profiled here–representing work by conservation and preservation groups nationwide. 

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New Year’s LandMark – Raspberry Farm

December 30, 2009

The painting above is solid evidence that the conservation impulse can be habit-forming.

Stephen Hodecker, a professional artist of obvious skill and some reknown, donated the painting to help raise funds for the protection of the Raspberry Farm, in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire–a much-loved local property named for the fruit that was once raised and sold there.  The farm is particularly noted for the historic barn featured in the painting

The $1.61 million campaign to save the farm ends today — and the last I heard, several bids are being made on the painting that would put the effort over the top.

Stephen Hodecker - Photo: Ruth Sikes

This is the second painting Hodecker has donated to conservation–but it may not his last.  Like many TPL supporters, he got hooked by a local project, the protection of Page Pond and Forest in Meredith, New Hampshire, where he lives.  The watercolor he painted in support of that project raised $34,000.  After the success of that campaign, he approached TPL project manager Betsy MacGean and asked, essentially: “what’s next.”

Now both paintings have become part of a new series Hodecker in calling “Landscapes in Peril,” McGean says. “Stephen has become a great supporter of our urgent campaigns!”

A quick trip to Hodecker’s website may help you understand the basis of this inclination to conserve.  It is full of rural scenes that bespeak a love of the New England landscape and its historic buildings.

Anyway, I liked the painting and thought it looked like the New Years I remember from Massachusetts.  Happy New Year from LandNotes.   See you in 2010.

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