Smith Chapel, the buttressed, Gothic-style chapel built early in the 20th century, has been added to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places, the town announced Tuesday. Courtesy
Durham’s Smith Chapel named to Historic Places list
The chapel is modeled after a chapel in England where poet Alfred Lord Tennyson’s father was rector, according to a statement issued by the town of Durham. It was constructed in the English Gothic style with stone buttresses at each corner.
Congreve’s family founded Congreve Rockets, which were used by the British during the War of 1812. Congreve Rockets are immortalized by Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner” by the phrase “rockets’ red glare,” which describes the bombardment of Fort Henry.
The State Register has helped to promote the significance of many historic properties across New Hampshire. Benefits of being listed on the State Register include:
• designation of a property as historical, which is a pre-qualification for many grant programs, including conservation license plate grants and NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program;