Hearse House project
The Society has in its possession two historic hearses—an 1868 wheeled hearse and a sleigh hearse.
Wheeled hearse and Sleigh hearse.
Presently, the wheeled hearse is in storage at the Belletete's Annex in Squantum. The sleigh hearse is in the Hearse House at Village Cemetery, Turnpike Road, in downtown Jaffrey.
The Society's Directors at its November 14, 2013 meeting voted:
"We, as Directors of the JHS, support the notion of conserving and displaying the two hearses that we currently possess."
At its meeting on January 9, 2014, a presentation was made and following discussion the Directors voted the following:
"That the Directors accept in principle re-locating the former Old Burying Ground Hearse House or building a replica of same at the Old Burying Ground to house the two historic hearses in the Society's possession, siting it either outside the wall to the south or in its original location at the end of the Horsesheds; and that ways and means of accomplishing this be investigated and pursued; and that a modest expenditure of funds be authorized to cover any costs incurred in such investigation; the President and Hearse Committee reporting back to the Directors at the next meeting, March 13, 2014."
At its meeting on July 10, 2014, the Directors approved the following motion:
"That the Jaffrey Historical Society—when and if necessary and only by an affirmative vote of the Officers and Directors—expend from the accrued past income of the Jaffrey Historical Society Endowment up to $5,000 on expenses related to the development of a Hearse House to accommodate and display the two historic hearses in the possession of the Society."
These panoramic videos were taken from the Meetinghouse Common looking towards the site on November 20, 2014.
Students in an architecture and engineering class at Conval High School have taken on the Hearse House as a project for 2014-15. JHS directors Rob Stephenson, Susan Leach and Peggy Ueda attended a presentation on December 5, 2014. Here are some photos.
On January 6, 2015, architect Mike Petrovick took laser measurements of the original hearse house to be used in producing a computer visualization of the proposed hearse house in the proposed location.
This presentation was made at an informational meeting on the project at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at 3p.m. Approximately 40 people attended. The presentation was revised on January 29th.
At a Special Meeting on January 29, 2015, the Directors approved the following motion:
A motion was made, seconded and unanimously voted "that the Board of Directors declares its support for its Hearse House project, but is withdrawing its current application to the Historic District Commission with the understanding that we will submit a revised application at a later time."
On August 23, 2015, a Charrette was held at the proposed site to discuss the project explore options. Four specific sites were discussed: 1) Original; 2) Proposed; 3) Beside or behind Little Red Schoolhouse; 4) South side of Blackberry Lane adjacent to the Little Red Schoolhouse. Approximately 50 people attended.
At a meeting on September 10, 2015 at the site:
"A motion was then made and seconded to approve the location designated by the tubular frame mockup and located adjacent to the cemetery. This was deemed the most appropriate of locations due to the historical accuracy of where a Hearse House would have been located...The president asked for a hand held up vote by the attendees on the motion before them, the count showed 17 votes for the motion with 2 abstaining."
The call on September 25, 2015 to a Special Meeting of the Society's membership on October 8, 2015 to support the decision of the Officers and Directors.
At a Special Meeting on October 8, 2015, the Society members present approved the following motion:
"Be it resolved that the members of the Jaffrey Historical Society support the decision made by the Officers & Directors of the Society on September 10, 2015, namely that the location designated by the tube framing mockup adjacent to the Old Burying Ground wall be approved as the location of the proposed Hearse House."
On December 15, 2015, an application was made to the Jaffrey Historic District Commission. Hearing before the Commission scheduled for January 7, 2016.
The Society presented its proposal to the Jaffrey Historic District Commission on January 7, 2016.
A variety of photographs on the project may be seen at https://rs41.smugmug.com/Jaffrey/JHS/Hearse-House
A photo showing the revised site set 15 feet further west than the original proposal.
You can just make out the tubular framework erected to show the siting.
See a full Timeline of the project.