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Annual Meeting:
A "full house" for
Sept. 15 program

Members, descendants, and friends attending the 2019 Annual Meeting Weekend Sept. 14-15 first enjoyed tours of the house, gardens, and trails. After an optional afternoon tour of the Woodman Museum in Dover, N.H., attendees sipped wine in the Great Room and bid at our silent auction. On Sunday, the Great Room was packed for "Taverns, Travelers, & Tanbark: The Roots of Popular Culture in New England," a presentation by historian/author R.W. Bacon that look a lively look at early popular entertainment in the region. If all that sounds like a fun Annual Meeting, join us next year!

Did you know?
You can join,
renew, or
donate online

For your convenience, we have added the option of online payments and donations through our website via PayPal at our
Membership Page or our Donate & Shop Page. (Be assured that membership renewals and donations by checks that arrive by postal mail are still valued and warmly accepted!)

Still Available!
The Visitor's
Guide to the
Weeks Brick House
& Gardens

The Vistor's Guide to the Weeks Brick House & Gardens by board member R.W. Bacon includes local history context, farmstead history, photos, garden plan, trail map, and a self-guided tour of our tenant-occupied 1710 brick house. To learn more and order your copy, click here.

Don't forget to
show us some love
on Facebook!

Visit us on Facebook and feel even more of the cozy warmth and camaraderie of online togetherness! Seriously, it's another way for our Weeks Brick House community near-and-far to stay up-to-date, involved, and conversant (literally!) with our latest news, activities, and initiatives. Board members Cathy Wescott and Amanda Nelson are making a concerted effort to keep the page abuzz with fresh content.

Dedicate a brick
on our walkway

Honor your family with an inscribed brick on our memorial walkway. Pay tribute to a family member --- and support WBH&G. See our Order Form.

Go ahead, get a
brand new bag!

Get a brand new bag and show your support for the Weeks Brick House & Gardens! Order your sturdy canvas tote bag with the Weeks Brick House logo today for only $25.00 (shipping included). For more information, visit our Donate & Shop page here.

Join us!

Become a member of WBH! Join us in our effort to make WBH a valuable asset to the local and regional community. Weeks descendants across the U.S. are members, as well as local residents, garden enthusiasts, history buffs, and trail-walkers. Visit our
Membership Page!

Visit our
Online Gift Shop!

Our online Gift Shop is always open, and accepts credit card and Paypal payments ! Browse the selection of publications and gift items at our Donate & Shop Page.

"Dazed by Weeks"
program still online

Featured in 2016 was a program by board member R.W. Bacon entitled "Dazed by Weeks: A Dense and Dazzling History of the Weeks Brick House." This program included photos from the archives; history and trivia quizzes that clarified misinformation that continues to circulate; and a collection of photos that depicted a range of Weeks descendants. Click on these links for the "Dazed by Weeks" presentation and program handout.

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. Saved from development in 1975, the house and grounds have been owned and managed since then by an all-volunteer non-profit organization of descendants and friends from near and far, Leonard Weeks and Descendants in America, Inc.

Weeks Brick House & Gardens elects
new president at 2019 Annual Meeting

Members of the Weeks Brick House & Gardens in attendance at the annual business meeting, held on Sunday, September 15 of Annual Meeting Weekend, elected Amanda Nelson as the new president of Leonard Weeks and Descendants in America, Inc. She replaced Tom Ayres, who chose to step down after nine years of extraordinarily committed leadership. He will continue to serve on the WBH board of directors. Amanda Nelson, a longtime museum professional as well as a practicing attorney, has served on the board of directors for nearly two decades, including as the organization's president from 2005 through the 2010 Tercentennial year.

WBH members
respond generously
to fund Phase I
of window project;
now the campaign
is on for Phase II

The spring 2019 Weeks Brick House newsletter (click here!) included the urgent message to members and friends that outlined the window preservation project that reached top priority. The project addresses the repair-and-paint needs all 25 window frames and sashes, an upgraded replacement of 21 storm windows, the repair-and-paint of two exterior doors and frames, and conservation treatment and painting of the wooden gutters. The cost of the project is $25,000.

Due to limited maintenance funds on hand, the WBH board decided to complete these repairs in two phases. The first phase (lower windows, entrance doors, and gutters) will cost of $13,000. The remaining repairs (upper windows, requiring an onsite lift), at a cost of $12,000 will be scheduled for later in 2020.

We are pleased to report that members responded generously to the call for preservation action. In fact, an anonymous donor stepped up to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000 for these repairs. We are grateful for that donor's show of leadership, and thanks to that we are confident Phase I can begin soon.

At present, the WBH board has multiple ways to accept donations for Phase II, as follows:

- A handy hard-copy, on-paper, double-duty membership/donation form is on page 3 of this and every newsletter, so you can send a check in any amount by postal mail.

- Donations of any amount can be made online via Paypal at the "Donate & Shop" page or the "Membership" page of this website.

The future of the Weeks Brick House depends on the support of active and interested members and friends. Members and friends have made a great effort for Phase I. Can we count on your donation for Phase II, to preserve "Grandpa" Sam Weeks' historic house?

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.

We welcome you to explore our web site
to learn more about the Weeks Brick House.

Click on our BLUE links ... you'll really go places!