“If a group wants to spend thousands of dollars out of their own pocket, then that’s something I will get behind,” he said. “I respect people who are able to get that done.”
Morse said the group received three $100 donations at the meeting on Monday.
Heitz said selectmen would likely give the groups a year to come up with funds to save the building.
“If they aren’t making substantial progress by then, then we may have to do something,” he said.
Morse said the town is working with the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources to come up with the best plan for the home.
“There’s a lot of things we can do,” she said. “It could be fixed up, put up for rent and be a revenue source. It could be sold to become a private residence. There are so many what ifs.”
In addition to being a parsonage, the building once housed a barbershop. After the town bought the building in 1972, it was used by the Kingston Community House, a nonprofit organization, that operated a thrift shop there.