Welcome to the Hancock Historic District!
Hancock is a special place to live for many reasons. One of those reasons is that the village is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Town of Hancock takes great pride in maintaining this special recognition.
The District was formed by the Town of Hancock in 1975. The Hancock Historic District Commission (HHDC) oversees the District. The commission reviews any changes to the exterior of your building(s), structures or features on your property such as stone walls or fences. Members of the HHDC are appointed by the Selectmen.
Regulations for the Hancock Historic District can be found in The Hancock Historic District Ordinance which is part (Article 8) of the Hancock Zoning Ordinance. A copy of the full zoning ordinance can be found on the town web site or obtained at the Town Office. For your convenience the Hancock Historic District portion of the web site includes a PDF copy of "Article 8 - Historic District" and a copy of the "Hancock Historic District Map" that shows the extent of the district. Also you can find a copy of the "Application for Certificate of Approval" necessary to obtain approval from the HHDC prior to beginning any changes to your property which are covered by the Ordinance.
The HHDC meets the fourth Tuesday of the month when we have applications to review or other business to conduct. You are welcome to attend any of our meetings and we would be glad to informally discuss a project you are considering informally before making an application.
When you submit an application please be specific when describing your proposed change(s). Include photographs of the areas of the property that will be affected and other materials as noted on the application. The time you take to completely describe your specific request will allow us to understand your request more fully and expedite your application. You may wish to consider consulting with a building professional experienced in historic buildings for larger scale projects such as additions.
There are several web sites that provide both general and specific recommendation for historic features such as windows, roofs and siding. These include:
- Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historical Properties
- National Park Service
If we can be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.
David Drasba, HHDC Chairperson
HHDC Members: Nancy Gamble, Roberta LaPlante-For the Select Board, Glenda Lewis Roberta Nylander-For the Planning Board, Deb Sampson & Ruth Wilder. [*]
Sometimes there is confusion between the Hancock Historic District Commission and the Hancock Historical Society which is a distinct and separate organization. The purpose of the Society is to collect and preserve valuable documents, photos, artifacts, and oral histories relating to the history of Hancock and its people. The collection is housed in the Society's 200 year old brick building on Main Street in Hancock. They are an invaluable resource to Hancock.
* The above committee membership is as of the 3/2011 date of David Drasba's letter. To view a current Commission membership, see below.
|Nancy Macalaster||Commissioner, Chair (2016)|
|Marcia Coffin||Commissioner (2017)|
|Fred Heyliger||Commissioner (2017)|
|John McWhorter||Alternate Commissioner (2016)|
|Nathaniel Peirce||For the Planning Board|