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Former school founded by the Masons on historic register

October 7, 2019

EFFINGHAM, N.H. (AP) — A building founded as a school by the Masons in New Hampshire has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Built in Effingham in 1858, the two-and-a-half story New England Masonic Charitable Institute has Italianate details. The building’s three-stage tower has a Masonic seal on the front and clock faces on the two adjacent sides. Its octagonal open belfry protects the 1863 bell, which was used during World War II for air-raid warnings.

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources says the institute is the only school in the United States known to have been run by the Masons. It opened as a school in 1861 and ceased school operations in the early 1880s.

The town library now occupies the first floor.

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