The council recognized the 101-year-old dam for having engineering and historical significance.
“People get married there. People’s ashes are buried there,” Andrea Bodo, who serves on the town’s Historic District Commission, told Foster’s Daily Democrat.
Durham resident Edith Onderdonk paid to build the Mill Pond dam in 1913 to honor her stepfather, Hamilton Smith. It replaced a series of wooden dams that powered sawmills and gristmills in the area since the mid-1600s.
The 140-foot-wide dam, which impounds the Oyster River to create the Mill Pond, is visible from Route 108. The town took ownership in 1969.
UNH Wildcats get Hassan’s attention
CONCORD (AP) — The University of New Hampshire’s football team got a commendation from Gov. Maggie Hassan.
She congratulated the players on a successful season. The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision semifinals and finished ranked No. 5 in the nation.
This season was the 10th straight that the Wildcats qualified for the NCAA FCS Tournament.
Hassan met the team yesterday morning at the Statehouse.