The state Department of Environmental Protection has rejected a plan by historic preservationists to restore a 160-year-old sawmill by rebuilding a dam on the Crooked river in Harrison.
For two centuries, the circa-1760, 10-room Colonial stood at 16 Elm St. in Ipswich. Families came and went, people lived and died; the house remained. Today, after years of research behind its off-white clapboard, black shutters, and paneled windows, it is the centerpiece of “Within These Walls.” The exhibit, which reopened in November, excavates the lives of five families spanning three centuries who spent their days and nights there – and ultimately played bit parts in history.
An Augusta man will spend almost five years in prison for starting a 2008 New Year’s Day fire that gutted a historic Murray Street home while the occupants were out of state.