Fire destroys barn at historic New Hampshire farm

A fire has destroyed a barn at a New Hampshire farm that’s been the backdrop for political events for Republican presidents and candidates through the years

STRATHAM, N.H. -- A fire destroyed a barn at a New Hampshire farm that has been the backdrop for political events for Republican presidents and candidates through the years.

The fire burned down the largest barn at the Scamman Farm in Stratham. The fire broke out a little after 10:30 p.m. Monday. Fire crews from numerous towns responded. The cause of the fire is under investigation, the Stratham Fire Department said.

Beverly Thomas, program director of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, said the former dairy barn had been a prominent local landmark since the 1830s. It most recently housed chickens, which were killed in the fire.

Damaged, but still standing, is another barn that dates back to 1750 and is believed to be the oldest structure on the property. It was restored last year.

“Historic barns are considered an endangered species and with each loss, we lose a tangible link to New Hampshire’s agricultural heritage," Thomas said in a statement.

The farm was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2019.