BELL HILL TOWN HOUSE

Construction began in March of 1905 and was finished by late November of that year on the authorization of the Board of Selectmen.  Inside is a large room with matched boards on the walls and is no longer used (2005). With no running water, an interior "out-house" is still located within the building.  A brick vault on the rear used to house vital records, but was replaced in 1999 with a new vault at the Town Office on State Route 121.           


 March 25,2005 AUGUSTA - Four area buildings have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, whose staff prepared the nominations.

The designation indicates that the property has been documented, evaluated and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation's cultural heritage.

The former Otisfield Town House is located on Bell Hill Road, Otisfield, almost at the geographical center of the rural town in the foothills of the White Mountains. The simple, but austere, one-story, gable-fronted building with elements of Greek Revival and Victorian-era stylistic detailing, was constructed in 1905 by town officials to replace an earlier town house at the same location. As in many towns, the wood-frame building functioned as the location of town meetings, selectmen's quarters and polling. In addition, it was utilized as a social and meeting hall through the 1920s. Town meetings were held in the building until 1985 when they were moved to a new municipal building; voting continued until November of 2002, when it was finally closed. The Otisfield Town House was placed in the register for its association with Otisfield's town government, and to a lesser extent, its social history, throughout the 20th century.

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