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Newmarket Historical Society

Newmarket Historical
HISTORIC PHOTO TOUR
Newmarket, NH

Antique lovers would kill to have a key. This pre-Civil War stone schoolhouse is stuffed to the rafters with fascinating artifacts of the mill town on the Lamprey. Do yourself a favor and join the Newmarket Historical Society and wander this fascinating archive from a Seacoast town rich in history

 

 

Newmarket Historical Society & Museum
Stone School Museum. Granite St
Newmarket, NH 03857
Open Thursdays 2-4pm in Season
603-659-7420.

Newmarket Historical / SeacoastNH.comFor 30 years we intended to visit , but never quite got there. The New Market Historical Society is open to the public just two slim hours a week -- and our hours in the riverside town never quite coincided. But it was worth the wait.

L. Forbes Getchell himself gave the tour. A former Newmarket dentist, now in his 80s, Getchell was among the society founders in 1966, and also created the 1st Newmarket Colonial Milita that meets here still.

Back then the old stone church and schoolhouse at the top of the steep.t hill in the center of town were for sale. The Stone Church became a restaurant and bar, and for a dollar, the two-sotry 1843 stone school became home to the historic society and museum.

GOseacoastLike most, the Newmarket museum is a "gramma's attic" of artifacts, documents, furniture, tools, whatnots and curios. The center of the room is filled with chairs ringed with glass cases. A printing press hunkers by the door. We poked through old Edison audio cylinders, postcards, maps and portraits. Getchell produced an ancient light bulb and we found a perfectly new "old" child's shoe. You name it, the museum has it -- somewhere. Remnants of the old factory town fill every shelf and drawer.

Upstairs what used to be the school bathroom is now brimful of ancient clothes. Next door is the large classroom named in honor of Getchell, whose wife is curator and author of the Newmarket town history. The second floor is crammed with tools, wagons, old household appliances, an early boat, drums, signs -- even a fearsome hair curling machine from the dawn of electricity. The ceilings are tin, with a leak here and there, and the old blackboards are still on the wall. In one corner, a mannequin teacher presents an endless lesson to two doll children. You could wander through the museum for days, and not see everything. That, in time, is exactly what we hope to do. -- JDR

Newmarket Historical Society / SeacoastNH.com

Artifacts in Newmarket Historical

Founder Patterson Getchell

Sign collection in Newmarket

Downstairs meeting area in Newmarket

Artifact from old show factory in Newmarket / SeacoastNH.com

Upstairs classroom scene in old schoolhouse

Upstairs artifacts in Newmarket Historical

All photos by J. Dennis Robinson. Copyright (c) SeacoastNH.com
Originally posted 2001

 

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