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National Register of Historic Districts
The Sanbornton Square Historic District was entered in the
Register of Historic Places on December 8, 1980. The Lane Tavern (c. 1810)
was included as Building #26 in the Sanbornton Square Historic District.
See taven description below.
Preservation District is an area surrounding Sanbornton Square, bounded on the
east by Parsonage Brook, on the north by the line of the Forest Conservation
Area, on the west by Interstate 93 and on the south by the town line of Tilton,
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Description: The Lane Tavern
(c.1810). Early on, a stage ran from Concord to P1ymoth, connecting to the
one to Montréal. At first it was a single horse and wagon, but soon
became a stage coach and four horses. Sanbornton was the noon meal stop at the
Lane Tavern. There were several taverns in the Square, but the Lane Tavern was
one of the largest and the last to close. With the coming of the railroad in
1844, stage coaches were doomed. The Tavern closed in 1844.
The two and
a half story main block is five bays wide and two bays deep, but, in contrast
to normal practice, the gable roof is place so that the wider street facade is
topped by the gable. The clapboarded walls are trimmed by cornerboards, moulded
window frames, and a pedimented box cornice with mouldings and frieze. The
central entry in the street (east) facade is a six panel door with two-thirds
sidelights and a semielliptical louvred fan, frames by pilasters supporting a
shallow cornice. The wide pedimented gable contains three windows, boasting
conerblocks on their moulded frames and a Gothic arch louver above the central
window. The south facade, shared with a two and a half story ell, features a
six panel door with full sidelights and moulded frames.