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Plastering Update

Vallant Plastering has been doing a super job refacing the inside of the Hand Tub House

Now that the roof has been repaired and the windows Glazed, with help from Methuen Festival of Trees, we have been able to plaster the stairway and second floor of the Hand Tub House.

Steve Vallant: 978-794-0191 vallantplastering.com

The Methuen Festival of Trees holds a fabulous event each year.  This year the dates are:

November 18-December 2, 2017

Check out their web page for more details.

Consider volunteering: It is a wonderful way to take part in the holiday season and preserving history.

The proceeds from the Festival of Trees provide funding to preserve the heritage and the monuments that make Methuen and the communities of the Merrimack Valley unique.  We have been lucky to receive several grants towards preserving the Hand Tub House:

Foundation Repair, Trim Restoration, Window Restoration, and Plastering

Thank you Vallant Plastering and Festival of Trees

 

Looking for Rocks Village Descendants

The Rocks Village historians are looking for descendants of families who lived here in earlier times. We would like to borrow any old photos, maps, deeds, stories, newspaper articles, or other documents that you might have in your family archives and that you would be willing to share with us. In addition, with your permission, a local photographer would like to capture your portrait for inclusion in an artist book to be published at a later date.

Contact Lydia@rocksvillage.org.

 

Rocks Village: A Haverhill Neighborhood Walking Tour – Saturday, April 22, 2017

Discover the riverfront neighborhood of Rocks Village, once a bustling community of stores, taverns, and wharfs, settled in the late seventeenth century. Hear tales of merchants, shipbuilders, a purported witch, and more.

Explore local landmarks such as the Rocks Village Bridge and 1840 Hand Tub House (fire station), and learn the stories of those who lived, loved, and worked here.

Presented in partnership Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. HNE shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, programs, historic proper- ties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England.

$10

Registration recommended. Please call 617-994-5970 for more information or register online.  Two times to chose from:  10:30 -11:30am or 1:00 – 2:00pm

Thank You Festival of Trees

The Rocks Village Memorial Association received a grant for 2017 from the Festival of Trees.

This money will be used to re plaster the interior that has water damage from when our roof leaked.

You will also see work being done on the exterior of the building this year as we will be re glazing the windows and repairing and painting the trim.  Also with Festival of Trees money.

The Methuen Festival of Trees organization has invested over $1,500,000 in funds to preserve our area’s historic treasures.

 

Rocks Village Through the Ages

The RVMA donated a tree to the Methuen Festival of Trees this year with the team of Through the Ages.  The tree included original art from Susan Bailey, Wimberley Burton, and Bill King.  Dee Rowlands, Jennifer Rowland Clapp, Dee’s daughter, and Lydia Harris contributed decorations to the tree.

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Susan and Dee during installation

We would like to thank Home Depot for the donation of the tree and Historic New England for the beautiful books they donated to go along with the tree raffle.

Successful Clean-Up, Yard Sale, and Walking Tour

The RVMA would like to heartily thank everyone who joined in helping during the yard sale, clean-up, and walking tour.  Thanks to the many customers, generosity of donors, and walking tour participants, we are closer to our goal of glazing the windows and painting the trim of the HTH.

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Michael, Lisa, Sarah, Jessica, Alden, and Robin made a successful effort in clearing out the view to the river.
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Over 25 people joined us for the walking tours. Sarah Jaworski from Historic New England again did a great job of entertaining and sharing history.
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Thank you to all who donated, purchased, participated in, and enjoyed the Yard Sale at the Hand Tub House