Ex-governors gather to boost Bridges House
Former Gov. John Lynch stops a group shot to add someone during a gathering of former NH governors to benefit the Bridges House in Concord on Friday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Friends of the Bridges House hosted the event, which was an intimate cocktail reception accompanied by the sounds of a string quartet playing in a corner of the home built in 1835.
The guest list included Gov. Maggie Hassan, several of her predecessors and family members of others who have held the state's highest elected office.
"It's a wonderful combination of a great historic tradition and a wonderful modern uplifting," former Gov. John Sununu said. "It's a great treasure and they've done a wonderful job."
"It's a really great evening. I think what tonight celebrates is how connected the office of governor is to the people of New Hampshire," Hassan said. "When people come here, they get a real sense of what our state is like and how accessible our government is. And that's really important to each and every one of the governors here."
In the 25 years that followed, the home began showing its age and was in need of modern amenities such as climate control, an upgraded kitchen space and some expansion.
"I just thought this house was just crying out. It was a beautiful, old home," Susan Lynch said. "I just thought it was so sad it wasn't being cared for and wasn't being used. Nobody was getting to see it and learn about its history."
The home was bequeathed to the people of New Hampshire by Bridges, who served as governor from 1935-37 and spent 25 years representing the Granite State in the U.S. Senate.
"It's certainly not a mansion and even if we could afford to build a mansion, I don't think anybody in New Hampshire would," Lynch said.
"It's just not in character."For New Hampshire's Colonial heritage, it seemed much more fitting to take a property that dated to the 1600s and refurbish it, encompassing some of the state's history within the two-bedroom house east of the Merrimack River.
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