Maggie Stier, born in Exeter as Margaret Moody, was the first director of The Fells and helped put that Newbury site on the map among historic sites and public gardens in America. Now she is working for the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to put the whole state on the map for innovative historic preservation. Her plans to convert some historic buildings into hospitality resources — places to meet, eat and even spend the night — has raised a few eyebrows, but with dwindling funds for upkeep of aging structures, many are ready to give the idea a try. It’s a successful model of preservation in Europe, she notes.
“I’m really passionate about preserving the character of New Hampshire,” she says, “and about opening people’s eyes to the beauty and wonder of both the natural and the built environments.”
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