Fire Destroys Iconic NH Barn

Cause of blaze at Scamman Farm in Stratham under investigation
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 11, 2021 9:35 AM CDT
Fire Destroys Iconic NH Barn
In this June 15, 2012, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop at the Scamman Farm, in Stratham, NH.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

A fire destroyed a barn at a New Hampshire farm that's been the backdrop for political events for Republican presidents and candidates through the years. The fire burned down a barn at the Scamman Farm in Stratham, reports the AP, a little after 10:30pm on Monday. Fire crews from numerous towns responded. The cause of the fire is under investigation, the Stratham Fire Department said. "Everyone is safe, our family is safe! Thank you to everyone for the kind words and most importantly [t]hank you to all of the fire fighters that put themselves on the line to keep everyone safe," the owners said early Tuesday in a Facebook post.

In 2011, Mitt Romney announced at the farm that he was running for president. Former Presidents George W Bush and George HW Bush, his father, also had visited the farm. reports the barn that was destroyed was four stories high and dates back to the mid-1800s. It housed about 300 chickens, which were killed in the fire. Damaged but still standing is another barn that dates back to 1750 and is believed to be the oldest structure on the property. The farm was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2019.

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