Historic District Commission

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The Woodstock Historic District Commission was created in 1995 by the adoption of a town ordinance, enabled by state legislation, to promote the educational, cultural, economic, and general welfare of the public through the preservation and protection of buildings, places, and districts of the Town of Woodstock that are important for their historical and architectural values. They are charged with reviewing modifications and additions to structures within a district that are visible from a public way.

The initiating efforts of residents of Woodstock Hill resulted in a comprehensive study of historic assets in a delineated area of the Hill. This study was reviewed by the state historical commission and deemed to be worthy of designation as a historic district. At Town Meeting, the approval of the Town Ordinance, enabling the Woodstock Hill Historic District was adopted. The ordinance may be amended at any time to include additional historic districts in the Town of Woodstock.

The criteria for review are a set of standards developed by the United States Secretary of the Interior. These standards are applied to new construction, alterations to existing structures and any exterior work other than replacement of building materials in kind and exterior paint color. The Commission does not regulate property use, but rather the aesthetic appropriateness to the historic property within the district.


The Woodstock Historic District Commission has 5 members and 3 alternates, appointed by Selectmen. Vacancies are filled by the Selectmen for the unexpired portion of the term.

  • Alternates: 1

Board Members

Name Title
Gail White Usher Chair
Earl Manz Member
Stan Swanson Member
Patrick Mule Alternate