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Hill Village, NH: Relocating An Entire Town

In February 1937, residents of Hill Village NH learned that their village, near the Pemigewasset River, was to become a flood control reservoir for the Franklin Falls dam project. To accommodate the construction of the Franklin Falls Dam, the village of Hill NH was to be relocated. By January of 1940, the citizens of Hill NH formed an association, purchased land, and began planning a new model village with the help of the NH State Planning and Development Commission. Construction started in 1940, and by June of 1941 the new town hall and school were completed, along with the streets, water system, and 30 houses. The 1941 town meeting was called to order in the old town hall, recessed, and reconvened in the new village.

 

Today, we are left with the history and remains of Hill Village New Hampshire. A town that is now frozen in time just as it was left in 1941. The Old Hill Village is said to be haunted but we have not had the chance to investigate Old Hill Village yet.

 

The state has done a lot of work preserving the old Hill Village. Below are some current images of where the original Hill Village town was located.

 

Location of the Old Hill Village Elementary School

 

An old road in Old Hill Village

Needleshop Brook Recreation Area 

 

Map of Franklin Falls Reservoir which was once the

town of Hill Village, NH 

 

An old foundation and stairs leaves an eerie imprint on the

landscape of Hill Village

 

Hill Center Rd in Hill Village 

 

Former location of the town Cemetery at Hill Village 

 

Old bridge remains in Old Hill Village, New Hampshire

 

And that's how you move an entire town, buildings, schools, farms, bridges and even the cemetery of Hill Village, NH

 

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