New Hampshire State House - Concord, NH
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Quick Description: The New Hampshire State House, located in the historic downtown area of Concord, is the oldest state capitol in the United States in which the legislature still meets in its original chambers.
Location: New Hampshire, United States
Date Posted: 8/26/2006 4:57:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMNGA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
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Long Description:
The New Hampshire State House was constructed during the period from 1815 to 1818. The building itself, built for an approximate cost of $82,000, is made primarily of granite quarried from what is known today as the Swenson quarries located at the north end of the town. Much of the cutting, shaping and facing of the stones was performed by inmates of the New Hampshire State Prison for Men.

One of the most impressive features of the new building was its huge gold-painted wooden eagle, placed on the Capitol dome in 1818 (the original wooden eagle was replaced in 1957, but can still be seen today in the Tuck Library at the New Hampshire Historical Society)

First session of the General Court began in 1819. Renovations to the building began in 1864 and were completed in 1866 at cost of approximately $200,000. Further renovations, including the addition of a third floor and updating of the building's electrical systems, took place in 1909.

On several occasions, the larger city of Manchester (located 15 miles south of Concord) has made attempts to get the capital relocated there, but in each instance, the State Legislature voted against the move, despite generous financial offers.

Today, the State House is home to the New Hampshire General Court, the Governor, and the Executive Council. Many other state administrative operations are housed in the State House Annex (constructed in 1938), located across the street. An underground tunnel connects the two buildings.
Type of Capitol: State, Province, Canton, or Other Primary Division of a Nation

107 North Main Street
Concord, New Hampshire United States

Dates of Construction: From 1815 to 1818

Major Renovations: 1864 to 1866, and 1909

Hours: 8 am 4 pm, Monday to Friday

Capitol Web Site: [Web Link]

Historical Monuments/Memorials:
The Capitol grounds contain statues of important figures in New Hampshire History. The east side of the building is home to statues of Daniel Webster, John Stark, Franklin Pierce, and John Hale, and a statue of George Hamilton Perkins can be found on the west side of the building. There is also an official Liberty Bell replica located on the front lawn.

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