A small, seasonal attraction that opened to the public on October 28, 2017, the Hearse House Museum tells the story of Chester’s handsome horse-drawn hearse, the renovation of the storage building and its transformation into a mini-museum, and the history of both the immediate area and funeral customs of the times. On display within the museum are historic photographs of Main Street and the horse-drawn hearse in funerals, the original signatures of the Selectmen who signed the concrete when changes were made to the building in 1907, and items pertaining to the hearse and funerals, such as a casket carrier. The museum is scheduled to be open in the good-weather months, but the four areas of information on display there are included below for easy reference.
The Chester Historic Preservation Committee was formed in late 2016 for the purpose of addressing the value, condition, and present and future uses of Chester’s historic buildings. There are seven historic buildings owned by the Town of Chester that fall under the purview of the Chester Historic Preservation Committee or CHPC: Hearse House, Public Tomb, Academy Building/Central School, Whiting Library, Town Hall, Yosemite Fire House, and Jeffrey Barn on Route 103. The Committee has started a comprehensive check of each of the structures inside and out to see if additional improvements were necessary beyond those listed in the Condition Assessments already obtained for all but the Jeffrey Barn. Please see here to read the full report from the CHPC- Chester Historic Preservation Committee
Yosemite Old Pumper on Flat Bed
Chester Historic Preservation Committee (CHPC) provides advice and support to the Town of Chester to preserve and renovate public historic structures and resources for their appropriate time period and uses. CHPC sources expert historical and architectural assessments to prioritize repairs and maintenance and to increase public access. By improving displays and stimulating interest and support, CHPC capitalizes on the valuable assets and important landmarks of Chester’s cultural, artistic, historic and architectural heritage. CHPC works with public and private entities to coordinate improvements and to pursue financial assistance for Chester’s historic preservation projects and programs.