Welcome to the Weeks Brick House
The Weeks Brick House, built in 1710 by Samuel Weeks (1670-1746), is among the earliest brick houses in New England --- and may be the oldest made of bricks fired on the site. The farmstead established in 1656 by Leonard Weeks (1633-1707) remained in the family for over 300 years. Today the 33-acre farmstead includes conservation land laced with hiking trails for public enjoyment. The Weeks Brick House & Gardens is among the select affiliate members of Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional preservation organization in the U.S.
Plan now for the 2015 Annual Meeting Sept. 19-20, 2015. The 2015 season marks the 40th anniversary of Weels family descendants joining together to save the 1710 Weeks Brick House and farmstead from development --- a bold preservation triumph of the highest order. As we plan our September celebration, we seek memories of early efforts and meetings, and any photos of gatherings in the earlier years of our organization. We will use the materials to create exhibitions and programs. Contact the Weeks Brick House at P. O. Box 93, Greenland, NH 03840, 603-436-8147, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, we also seek the presence of all Weeks family descendants and friends or preservation to celebrate those early efforts that saved the house and farmstead for present and future generations. Mark your calendar now and plan to join us on September 19-20, 2015.
A historic house ... with a colonial garden ...
In 1975 the house and acreage was purchased by an organization of both descendants and preservation-minded individuals interested in the future of the distinctive structure. Early initiatives included securing recognition on the National Register of Historic Places, and planting an authentic colonial-era "housewife's garden" designed by garden historian Ann Leighton (Isadore Smith).
... and a conservation area ... with trails ...
In 1992 a conservation easement was conveyed to the Town of Greenland and the State of New Hampshire, preserving in perpetuity 31 acres of meadow and woodland behind the 3-acre lot of the Weeks Brick House. In 2001 trails were officially opened for public recreational use.
... and a New Hampshire historic site
on the National Register of Historic Places
In the future, the Weeks Brick House seeks to be more than just an impressive but silent 300-year-old icon. We welcome your ideas and involvement as we seek to identify the best ways this property can serve the community as a historical/educational resource.
While the primary mission of the organization is preservation of the 36'x22' house (...with its massive 18"-thick brick walls), there is also an educational component, which will be guided by a museum-standard interpretation plan. In preparation, archaeological studies have been undertaken to learn as much as possible about the farmstead through the centuries.
Each year in late summer, descendants of early settler Leonard Weeks, as well as interested members of the Greenland community, gather at the Weeks Brick House for an annual meeting --- to walk in ancestral footsteps, absorb the latest findings in local history, and discuss the future of the house and property.