New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program
Souhegan River Nomination
VII. RESOURCE ASSESSMENT
Describe any significant historical or archaeological resources or sites with significant potential for such resources (as determined by the state historic preservation officer) found in the river or river corridor. Identify whether the resource is listed or is eligible to be listed as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) or on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) or is a recognized Historic District (HD) or Multiple Use Area (MUA). If known, indicate whether these resources are significant at a national, regional (New England), state, or local level. Below this listing, note any local town histories, oral histories, or general historical knowledge about the use of the river and its corridor.
The Souhegan River Corridor Management Plan, NRPC, 1993, contains an excellent Historic Resources chapter including an historic overview of the Souhegan corridor along with a discussion of the significant historic and archaeological resources. Rather than list all of the information here, the chapter is appended to the nomination form. Individual resources that are listed on the National Register or that have been determined to be eligible for the National Register are identified as such. All other resources discussed in the chapter are identified as potentially eligible for listing on the National Register. In addition, a list of local histories and other sources of historical information is included at the end of the chapter.
Briefly describe how the river is recognized or used as a significant community resource. If the river's importance is recognized in any official town documents, such as a master plan, include reference to such documents.
The Souhegan River has played an important part in the development of the region. From Native American settlements to current day industrial, recreational, historic and cultural uses. Each of the communities within the river corridor recognizes the importance of the River to the quality of life in each community. The River is discussed in each of the municipal master plans and is recognized as a significant community resource in the most recent. Wilton and Milford are currently updating their Master Plans and include references to the Souhegan River relative to its importance to their respective downtown's as well as the recreational opportunities it provides for swimming, canoeing and kayaking, fishing and hiking.
It is important to note that the Souhegan River Watershed Study was produced after the adoption of all of the Town's adopted Master Plans. This Study contains a significant amount of information about the River and makes specific recommendations for local and regional actions. All of the communities in the watershed appointed representatives to participate in the development of the Study. In addition, the Study was well received by all of the communities in the watershed and many are beginning to implement the recommendations of the Study and to include references to the Study in their local Master Plans. The recommendations of the Study included such things as amendments to local Zoning Ordinances and land use regulations, the development of a continuous trail along the River, additional public access sites in each community, public education on River resources and their protection, continuation of the volunteer monitoring program and state actions.