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Webster, Daniel, Family Home

West Franklin, New Hampshire
County of Merrimack.
National Register Number: 74000196
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: NH-2 Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 30, 1974):
Daniel Webster, who served his nation in the political arena from 1812 until his death in 1852, was an eloquent champion of preserving the Union. "The Elms" served Daniel Webster (1782-1852) as a home, vacation retreat, and experimental farm. The gravesites of his parents and four brothers and sisters are located here.

This property, owned by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, may soon be placed on the market. The land surrounding the house, mostly fine agricultural property on the Merrimack River, could be subject to powerful development pressure if it were to be sold. A number of individuals and organizations are working with the Trust for Public Lands to try to address the situation.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
Funding is needed to prepare an appraisal of the house and land and to identify and analyze protection alternatives, should the property be sold.

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