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August 23, 2013

Preservation Trust wins award for Powder House restoration

NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Preservation Trust has been named a winner of an award of merit from a national organization for its work with the Powder House preservation project.

The American Association for State and Local History, based in Nashville, recently conveyed the honor to the local group for its achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.’

For nine years, the Preservation Trust worked towards its long-term goal of creating a learning center and small park on the Godfrey’s Hill site on Low Street by restoring the exterior and interior of the historic landmark.

The powder house dates to 1822. It served for many years as Newburyport’s safe repository for gunpowder and munitions for defense.

The national association said, “Although this is a small (60 feet around) but beautiful round brick building, it holds deep historic significance on a broad national level. It is an integral part of the system of early defense and development of our young country when militia men were required in every town and city as well as powder houses to store munitions.”

Karen Holt, co-chairwoman of the Powder House project, is scheduled to represent the Preservation Trust at an awards banquet in Birmingham, Ala., in mid-September.

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