To The Daily Sun,
During the public forum regarding Kimball Castle, which was held in Gilford on April 9, it became apparent that there are misconceptions as to whether or not the castle can truly be considered a castle and whether it can be considered historic.
According to Webster's Dictionary, the definition of a castle is a large building fortified against attack with thick walls, battlements, and towers, or a large, expensive home. Kimball Castle is, by definition, a castle.
The National Park Service, the federal organization that oversees the National Register of Historic Places, requires that a property must be at least 50 years old to be considered historic.
When a property is considered for the National Register, its age, integrity and historical significance are carefully examined. If a property is listed on the National Register, it does not prevent its demolition. Once razed, the property is removed from the register. However, its historical significance can never be erased.
Kimball Castle was placed on the National Register during the 1980s, which confirms that it is historic and its history is significant. The castle's National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form may be viewed online by visiting the website of the National Park Service at: nps.gov.
Carol Lee Anderson