The State House almost wasn’t built on its current lot. It almost wasn’t even built in Concord.
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Building the New Hampshire State House was an arduous process, lasting almost three years and costing nearly $82,000, more than double the initial estimate.
But building the State House was a breeze compared to figuring out where to put it.
The whole shebang can be found in the definitive work about Concord’s early days: James Lyford’s History of Concord, New Hampshire From the Original Grant in 1725 to the Opening of the 20th Century, which you can find online on the Concord City Library website. It helps to peruse a history put together for the State House’s 150th anniversary by Legislative Historian Leon Anderson.