Paula Simpkins, for the Recreation Department
Kimball Lake Cabins
In October of 2013, the Board of Selectmen charged a group of residents to determine if the cabins should be repaired or if some or all should be removed and to recommend adding a structure of some kind to enhance the use of the property. In January of 2014, the committee recommended to restore the remaining 4 cabins and develop a master plan that included to conserve and preserve the cabins, maintain the area keeping in mind the historic heritage, encourage ongoing and future event and to develop new uses for the property.
The New Hampshire reservation Alliance chose Kimball Lake Cabins as one of the Seven to Save endangered historic properties for 2014.
Over the last two years, this dedicated group of volunteers has completed Phase 1 that included the restoration work on Cabin #1, also know as the big cabin. The following work was completed:
Unsafe porch was removed and replaced with replica materials
All windows were removed, repaired, painted and reinstalled
Large front steps removed and replaced
Handicap access ramp installed
Wiring and lighting brought up to code
Interior cleaned, repaired, painted and brought up to code
New metal roof installed
Failed exterior log chinking removed and re-chinked with new log cabin chinking material
Cabin exterior scraped and stained.
Wood stove installed into fireplace, with new chimney liner and chimney cap
Cabin skirting removed, repaired, reinstalled and stained
Lawn regarded and re-seeded
Original Horseshoe Trail Camp signed located and on-site as a loan from owner
Other historic photos, signs, etc. located and with the Hopkinton Historical Society
In the spring of 2017, the committee will being Phase 2. This will include making restorations to Cabin #3 that will include the same work that was undertake on Cabin #1. Dan Rinden chose as his Eagle Scout project to undertake the removal of the port and to rebuild with replica materials.
The community has been very supportive by giving monetary donations to purchase the building materials needed. Our progress is entirely dependent upon donations and volunteers who have offered their expertise. A special thank you to Maple Street School Kimball Cabin Crusaders and to the Lions Club for all of their continued support.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help save an important part of our town's history. Send your tax-deductible donation to: Town of Hopkinton, 330 Main Street, Hopkinton, NH 03229. Checks should be make payable to "Town of Hopkinton" with "Kimball Lake Cabins" written in the memo line. If you are interested in volunteering contact Louise Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your help.