Restoring a sense of community in Littleton by ensuring the future and relevance of the Community House and Annex.
Our Mission is to…
Ensure the Community House remains relevant to current times . Adapt to the needs of the people. Board of Directors set tone and policies.
Hold or host events that bring people together. Ensure people are aware of capabilities and services. Instill a sense of ownership by citizens.
Retain historic character. Identify necessary repairs and restorations. Oversee work of hostess and custodian .
Retain existing lines of resources (town subsidy, investments). Develop additional lines (grants, donations, fundraisers).
The Community House is a 132-year-old Queen Anne mansion overlooking Main Street. This 15-room Queen Anne-style Victorian home was built in 1884 as a residence for the family of timber baron Charles F. Eastman. The Annex was added in 1885 as the carriage house. The Eastman Mansion was purchased from Chester Gray by a group of town citizens in 1919 for $10,000 and the Littleton Community Center was formed as a non-profit organization.
The Community House was designated at the 1920 Town Meeting as Littleton’s memorial to the soldiers and sailors of World War I.
The buildings are the only properties in Littleton on the NH State Register of Historic Places.
It has operated continuously as the only “open house” in town, hosting public and private functions for non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Wendy and Briggs Clark are the resident hostess and custodian to welcome and assist those who rent rooms for all occasions.
- 60 different groups use the Community Center or Annex for regularly scheduled events/meetings
- Numerous people use the buildings for baby showers, bridal showers and other events
- The Board of Directors include: George Mitchell-President, Mary Menzies-Treasurer, Regina Bowler-Secretary, Gail Kimball, Karen Matthews, Amanda Hollyoak, and Kathy Dorisky
- The building is open during the week, and weekends for events
- Tenants rent office space in the house
HISTORIC LITTLETON SITE NAMED TO SEVEN TO SAVE LIST
At a ceremony in Manchester, NH on October 17, 2012, the Littleton Community Center was named to the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s 2012 Seven to Save list as one of the current group of endangered historic structures in New Hampshire.