The North Wilmot Union Meeting House is located at 3 Breezy Hill Road, at the intersection of four dirt roads. Built in 1829 and moved and renovated later in the 19th century, the meeting house stands as the anchor for the former agrarian neighborhood loosely known as North Wilmot or Fowlertown. In 1989, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Though the meeting house is no longer used yearround, its space is occupied for occasional summer services and community events like weddings and funerals. For decades now, the building has served without electricity or plumbing, conveniences the directors do not wish to re-introduce. Overall, the building is in very good condition. This report outlines several areas of opportunity, with the mindset that earlier intervention and maintenance is always less expensive than the alternative of deferred maintenance.
Ann joined the board in 2018 and was elected president in 2019. “My husband, Marc, and I discovered the North Wilmot Church Thanksgiving weekend in 1999 when visiting college friends who live Newbury. We were thrilled to find this architectural gem while scouting the back roads of Wilmot. Since moving to New Hampshire, we have attended summer services and programs at the church – when we are in town. I am honored to serve as president of the board.”
Marc joined the board in 2010 when he was president of the Wilmot Historical Society.
“I love history – and as the oldest church structure in Wilmot – this building has welcomed worshipers for nearly 200 years. It is a beautiful treasure that has been a focal point for many, many generations of people from North Wilmot and beyond.”
Ed joined joined the board in 2019.
“I come from a long line of ministers. I have always loved the charm of the North Wilmot Church and I am delighted to be part of the organization that owns and maintains it.
Mary Jane was among the founders in 1984 of the North Wilmot Union Meeting House Society. She lives next door to the church.
“I love the North Wilmot Church and its surrounding neighborhood. Years ago I started bringing refreshments to share during fellowship. I helped maintain the flower gardens.”
Catherine joined the board in 2019. She is the great, great, grand-daughter of Josiah Stearns who built the meeting house in 1829. Her relative, Octavia Stearns, was a trustee for the church and acted as caretaker for the structure until the early 1980s. Catherine lives nearby on the Stearns family homestead.
“The story of all my ancestors is connected to the North Wilmot Church. It is part of the warp and woof of my family’s history. It is a special place.”
Fred lives next door to the church, was among the founders in 1984 of the North Wilmot Union Meeting House Society. He served as president from 1999 to 2016.
“Living next door to this treasure I’ve felt a certain obligation to understanding its past and ensuring its future.”
joined the board in 2018
For almost 40 years, North Wilmot, N.H., was my home. I lived, with my family, on the corner of Old North and Breezy Hill roads. This is a very rural area, but though apart, its neighbors are especially close, kind, and generous. The North Wilmot Church has been a gathering place for this community, and continues to this day in that tradition. I was invited to join the Board of Directors in August 2018, and was pleased to accept. I want to be involved with, and give back to this organization, which has been such a part of my life and community. My daughter and her family now live in the home she grew up in, and they feel the way I do about the place and surroundings.
Rejoined the board in 2021.
Karen discovered the church in 1987. I first drove out to North Wilmot. When I came upon the church in the middle of nowhere – it was love at first sight! Peter and I started attending services and enjoyed being there.” The Hoglunds live a 1790 cape in New London. “We both have a deep affection for old buildings and feel strongly about preserving them,”