Disposable Camera Tour
Manchester, NH, Corner of Commercial
& Pleasant St
Open Tues-Sat 10 -4pm, Sun Noon -
I wish this museum had been
around when I was going to school
in Manchester. Back then the massive brick Amoskeag Mills were largely abandoned
and the story behind them unclear to a kid wandering
the spooky ruins. Now visitors to the Millyard Museum can
discover the fascinating history of the experimental city built on
the Merrimack at the dawn of America's Industrial Revolution.
Built inside the historic mill,
the museum offers 11,000 years of local history in a dynamic series
of exhibits. This is no dusty museum, but a bold and colorful
display. Just before entering, look into one of the huge surviving
tunnels that directed the river water that turned the great
flywheels that ran the looms that turned cotton into textiles
shipped around the world. Read about the wealthy factory owners and
the poor immigrant familieswho together made the experimental city
work for more than a century.
Exhibits include prehistoric Indian artifacts, Revolutionary War mementoes of
John "Live Free or Die" Stark whose house is nearby. Learn how
the mills and its machinery operated. Walk down a street where
the windows reflect the past. Learn about the largest American flag ever
made and see the city's first fire engine. The "Queen
City" is like no other in the nation, literally designed by a
corporation. But the corporation faded, while the city has rediscovered itself. Visiting the
new Millyard Museum, you'll come to understand New Hampshire's largest city
as never before.
It's just an
hour from Seacoast, New Hampshire and 20 minutes from the capital city
of Concord. This is definitely a place to take the kids. Check the
Millyard Museum web site (below) for the latest evetns and membership
information. -- JDR
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All photos and text by J. Dennis
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