Council Suggests Mayor Set Aside $25,000 for Historic Markers

Councilor Thomas J. Sullivan

City councilors want Mayor James J. Fiorentini to put money aside to mark historic locations around Haverhill.

“It would be nice to have a pool of money so that from time to time we could renovate, replace or create markers and statuary,” City Councilor Thomas J. Sullivan said. He suggested a sum of $20,000 to $25,000 “to use modestly to improve and enrich the cultural history of Haverhill.”

He suggested the fund be added to the city’s budget for fiscal 2018, which begins July 1.

Sullivan, an officer of the Winnekenni Castle Foundation, said there are several locations around the city where markers should be installed or repaired, including the corner of Mill Street, across from Linwood Cemetery. Haverhill’s Brightside is working on replacing that marker, he said.

Sullivan said he is helping a local Scout troop with a project to create a sign marking the location of the Birchbrow Estate, a mansion overlooking Lake Saltonstall (Plug Pond) built by Thomas Sanders, a Haverhill resident who bankrolled Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone. The property abuts Winnekenni Park.

Councilors on Tuesday approved spending $2,300 for granite markers to note the location of the former Don Orione property in Bradford and the Old Bradford Burial Ground, which was accepted last year into the National Register of Historic Places.



2 thoughts on “Council Suggests Mayor Set Aside $25,000 for Historic Markers