Saint-Gaudens NHS Draft Blow-Me-Down Farm Site Management Plan Ready for Review
Contact: Rick Kendall
The Draft Site Management Plan/ Environmental Assessment for the Blow-Me-Down Farm at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is now available for public review and comment. The plan describes important policy directions and statements of desired future conditions at the Blow-Me-Down Farm and presents a range of alternatives for achieving them.The accompanying environmental assessment analyzes the potential environmental and socioeconomic effects of the alternatives on park resources, visitor experience, and the surrounding landscapes. The draft plan describes two alternatives, one of which describes the National Park Service's preferred alternative.
Public participation has been vital to this planning process—the preferred alternative represents a blend of ideas that were received from public scoping and public comment opportunities—and the public is invited to review and comment upon the draft plan.The document is available on-line via the park's planning website (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/saga).A printed copy of the plan will be available at the park visitor center.The document will be available for public review for 30 days.
Please submit your comments via the planning website (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/saga) or submit written comments to Superintendent, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, 139 Saint Gaudens Road, Cornish, NH 03745.To be considered, comments must be received by July 5, 2013.
Blow-Me-Down Farm was acquired by the park via donation from the park's non-profit partner, the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, in 2010.The property consists of 42.6 acres of land and nine historic structures.The property was the historic home of the Charles Beaman family; Beaman was instrumental in enticing sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to move to Cornish in 1885.The presence of Saint-Gaudens in Cornish brought many other artists to the area leading to the development of the Cornish Colony of artists.Blow-Me-Down Farm became one of many social hubs and gathering places for the Colony members.
Did You Know?
In 1905, 85 members of the "Cornish Art Colony" staged an outdoor pageant at Augustus Saint-Gaudens' home in honor of his 20th year in Cornish, N.H. This play, "A Masque of 'Ours', the Gods and the Golden Bowl", sparked a nationwide interest in pageantry.