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Historic Sites in New Hampshire

Below are a few historic sites around the state of New Hampshire. The historic NH sites are listed by region. We also have a list of Historic NH Fieldtrips.

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region


 

Canaan Historic District Meetinghouse

Canaan Street

Canaan, NH

603-523-4809

Built in 1793

 

Tours are by appointment only.

The building was built on land that was purchased by William Douglas who was a shoemaker.  He then sold the land for 11 pounds and 5 shillings.  The builder, William Parkhurst, built the meetinghouse.  The original plans were that the building was to be built without a steeple or bell and the size was to be 42 feet wide by 52 feet long.

 

Back in the days, meetinghouses were used as both a meeting area and a church. 

 


 

Canaan Historical Museum

Canaan Street

Canaan, NH.

603-523-7364

Built in 1961

 

Tours are free to the public and open July through October on Saturdays from 1-4pm.

 

The Canaan Museum was originally created on the second floor of the Academy building with exhibits, paintings and antiques.  The building now houses the entire museum with pictures, article and other reminders of Canaan’s history.

 


 

The Enfield Shaker Museum

24 Caleb Dyer Lane 447 Route 4A

Enfield, NH.

603-632-4346

 

Tours are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5 for college students, $3 for children ages 10-17 and children under 10 and museum members are free.

Admission fees include entrance to The Great Stone Dwelling which was the Church family’s residence and was built in 1841, The Stone Mill Building was built in 1849 and housed water powered machinery, the West Meadow Barn built in 1856, the Laundry and Dairy building, built in 1813, now serves as the museum store, the East Brethren’s Shop was built in 1819 and used as a tailor shop, the Mary Keane Chapel built in 1832, the Ministry House was built in 1880 and is the last house built by the Shakers and the West Brethren’s Shop which was built in 1820 and was used as a woodworking shop.

 



Great North Woods


 

John Wingate Weeks Historic Site

Off Route 3

Lancaster, NH.

603-788-4004

 

Tours are free to NH residents, $7 for adult non-residents and $3 for children ages 6-11 from June through September on Wednesday, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm and Thursdays from noon-5pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm September and October.

 

John Wingate Weeks was a conservationist, congressman, senator and Secretary of State.  The house was built on top of Mount Prospect and sites on 420 acres.

 


Lakes Region


 

Daniel Webster Birthplace

Route 127

Franklin, NH.

603-934-5057

 

Daniel Webster Birthplace is the childhood home of Daniel Webster that not only looks into his early years but also shows what early farm life was like.

 


 

Lake Winnipesaukee Museum

503 Endicott Street

Laconia, NH

 

Tours run year round Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-2pm

The property was purchased in 1923 by David O’shan who was a state legislator.  He made the property into cabins for summer visitors.  The museum was the primary residence and the yellow cabins are part of the original property.

 


 

Museum of Childhood

2784 Wakefield Road

Wakefield, NH.

603-522-8073

 

Tours are $3 for adults and $1.25 for children under the age of 9.

A beautiful museum that exhibits over 5,000 dolls, 12 themed rooms, 57 furnished dollhouses, a teddy bear room and a one room schoolhouse.

 


 

Whipple House Museum

4 Pleasant Street

Ashland, NH.

 603-968-7716

 

Built in 1837

 

Tours are free to the public and run July through September on Wednesday and Saturday from 1-4pm.

 

The museum is the boyhood home of Dr. George Hoyt Whipple who won the Noble Peace Prize for Medicine.  The museum showcases information about Dr. Whipple, his family and the Ashland area.

 


Merrimack Valley


 

Chester Village Cemetery

Routes 102 and 121

Chester, NH.

603-887-3951

 

Being one of only 2 NH cemeteries that are listed on the National Register of Historic places, there is a lot of history here.  The cemetery has plots dating back to pre-Revolutionary War era with carvings by influential NE craftsmen.  Some of the most notable burials include:  Isaac Blasdel, a clockmaker from one of the leading clock maker families who died in 1791, Francis Wilcomb who died in action at the age of 12 as a Civil War soldier and General Louis Bell who died in 1865 and was also a Civil War soldier.

 


 

Florence Hyde Speare Memorial Building

5 Abbott Street

Nashua, NH.

 603-883-5336

 

Tours are free and run from Tuesday through Thursday from 10am-4pm

The museum was built in 1971 by a local businessman Sceva Speare and named after his wife, Florence Hyde Speare.  The museum depicts Nashua’s history and houses 8 galleries of historic items and artwork. 

 


 

 

Museum of NH History

6 Eagle Square

Concord, NH.

603-228-6688

 

Tours are Tuesday through Saturday 9:30am-5pm and Sunday from noon-5pm and cost $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children 6-18 and children under 6 and NH Historical Society members are free.

 

Hundreds of exhibits showcasing NH’s history.  There are also programs for adults and children.  I went to visit the museum this past summer and it was amazing all the artifacts from out great history.

 


Monadnock Region


 

Barrett House and Forest Hall

79 Main Street

New Ipswich, NH.

603-878-2517

 

Tours are $5 per person and Historic NE and New Ipswich residents are free.  Tours run June through October on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 11am-4pm.  A new tour starts on the top of each hour.

Forest Hall was built as a wedding gift for Charles Barrett and his new bride by Charles Barrett Sr. and the lavish house was furnished by the bride’s father.

 

Franklin Pierce Homestead Historic Site

Routes 31 and 9

Hillsborough, NH.

603-478-3165

 

Built in 1804

 

The Franklin Pierce Homestead is the childhood home of Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States.  It reflects the way many prominent families lived in the 19th century.

 


Seacoast


 

Dover Walking Tours

299 Central Avenue

Dover, NH.

603-742-2218

 

The Dover Walking Tours offers 3 separate self-guided walking tours.  Tour #1 is the Old Mill and Riverfront Tour which takes you along the Cocheco River through the historic mill complexes.  Tour #2 is the Historic House Tour which takes you on a journey though some of the gorgeous historic homes and tour #3 is the Pine Hill Cemetery which is set on 75 acres of historic and unique gravesites and monuments.

 


 

Warner House

150 Daniel Street

Portsmouth, NH.

603-436-5909

 

Tours are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for children ages 7-12 and those under 7 are free.

 

Built in 1716

 

The house was built for merchant and ship owner, Captain Archibald Macpheadris and his wife, Sarah Wentworth was the daughter of Governor John Wentworth.  It is a beautiful mansion made of brick.  The wall paintings in the hallways are the oldest colonial wall painting in America.

 


 

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