Castle preservation society launches $3 million fund to finish capital capital campaign

MOULTONBOROUGH —  Castle Preservation Society has announced the Fund to Finish Capital Campaign, a drive to raise $3,000,000 to complete the restoration of Castle in the Clouds, the historic 1914 Lucknow Estate in Moultonborough.

In 2002 the Lakes Region conservation Trust (LRCT) purchased Castle in the Clouds with nearly 2,000 donors contributing to the $5,900,000 purchase price – ensuring that the property's 5400 acres would be protected forever. Castle Preservation Society (CPS) was created in 2006 by the LRCT to take over the operation and restoration of Castle in the Clouds as a separate not for profit organization. Since then CPS has raised and spent over $2,300,000 on restoration of the historic Lucknow Estate. "We are especially proud that we are doing the restoration so efficiently, but still in compliance with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation," said CPS Board Chair John Merkle. "We are fortunate to have found wonderful craftsmen who can work at that level."

Ann Hackl, founding CPS Board Chair and former LRCT Chair who has been instrumental in raising funds for the purchase and restoration over the last 18 years, said: "CPS has been restoring the estate, addressing issues in the order of priority, deeply grateful for the support of the many loyal donors whose numbers have continued to grow as more and more people realize the importance of preserving this landmark property. We know that we will need everyone's help to cross that final finish line. Public support of our Fund to Finish will be key to its success."

In 2013 CPS quietly started soliciting funds to complete the restoration of the historic Lucknow mansion, its grounds, and the two gate lodges, as well as the rehabilitation of the Carriage House. With the generous support of key donors, CPS is pleased to announce that 38% of the goal has already been met. "It is exciting to be able to publicly announce this effort," noted CPS Executive Director Charles Clark. "After several years of replacing rotted timbers, re-pointing failing masonry, and revitalizing the interior spaces of Lucknow, the goal of a fully restored and preserved Castle is within reach."

Thomas G. Plant, the builder and original owner of the Lucknow Estate once described his property in this way: "of stone and hewn oak, built to last for centuries". Castle Preservation Society realizes that buildings of such longevity are only possible with careful stewardship. The public is invited to join in that stewardship by giving to the Fund to Finish campaign. For more information and to make a donation, contact Castle in the Clouds Development Coordinator, Jill Cromwell at 603.476.5415, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Castle in the Clouds is a not for profit organization owned and managed by the Castle Preservation Society and dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the historic Thomas G. Plant Estate. Information about upcoming events and programs at the Castle can be found on their website, or by calling 603-476-5900.

5th Autism Center walkathon raises $6,000

LACONIA — Supporters of all ages joined together for the 5th Annual Autism Center Walkathon on Sunday, May 17 to benefit the LRCS Autism Center of Central NH in Laconia. Over 140 people, many with baby strollers and dogs on leashes, enjoyed the WOW Trail and the event lunch that followed at the LRCS Main Office.

This community event raised over $6,000 to support the Autism Center a program of the LRCS Family Resource Center. Walkers raised money from friends, colleagues and family members, many formed teams named for young children who participate in the program. Other teams were organized by local businesses and the event's sponsors.

"Each year the Lakes Region community turns out to support the Autism Center and we are so grateful for the support we receive. Autism impacts many families and as the numbers and awareness grows, so does the need for programs and services for children and their families. Donations help us with outreach and much needed resources for the expanding number of families with young children on the Autism Spectrum," commented Jennifer Doris, manager of LRCS Family Resource Center' Early Childhood program.

Sponsors for this 5th Walkathon included longtime supporters Kara Financial, LLC, Syl LaPierre Masonry and Peanuts Auto, LLC – all of whom are connected to the Autism Center through a child who has been enrolled in the program- Infocus Vision & Therapy Center; William J. White M.Ed., Educational and Behavioral Consulting Services; Well Sense Health Plan; and New Hampshire Healthy Families became sponsors this year too. And the Walkathon luncheon provided by the Region III Family Support Council provided a fun way to unwind, relax and socialize after completing the walk.


Local historian to speak at Meredith Bay Colony Club

MEREDITH — On Monday, July 20 at 3 pm, Daniel Heyduk, well known historian, anthropologist, and author will be at Meredith Bay Colony Club on 21 Upper Mile Point Drive in Meredith.

Heyduk  lives in Meredith, is a board member of the Meredith Historical Society and writes the local history column called "Passing Time" for the Meredith News. He recently wrote a book about the history of Meredith called the Meredith Chronicles, and that will be the basis of his presentation. The book will also be available for sale at this presentation for $20.

RSVP by calling 279 -1500.

Heyduk has a Ph D from Cornell, has been a college professor, managed scholarship and training programs worldwide, lived with Nahuatl people in Mexico and Quechua people in Bolivia, has done archaeology in Ecuador. He is now researching and writing local history.