Are you looking into New England history or American heritage?
The Monadnock region has a long and rich history from early settlements and forts from the 17th and 18th centuries to industrial mills of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You can find the homestead of President Franklin Pierce; old stone and covered bridges; carriage roads the wind through woods past old stone foundations; and the relics of toy factories, glass makers, and quarries.
Most towns have some type of historical society or organization, and we encourage you to explore their respective web sites for information about hours, exhibits, and special programs. The Historical Society of Cheshire County and Monadnock Center for History and Culture, are the largest, year round institutions. But don’t miss the Living History event in Hillsborough where you can experience New England history in person, or old home days that happen all over the region during the summer months.
If you’re up for a drive, see if you can find Historical markers along the roadside. Historic markers often appear in the middle of nowhere, round the bend of a country road, or on the edge of a stream where once there was a mill. Behind every one there is a story.
From New Hampshire Public Radio:
When you’re just driving by, they all look pretty much the same.“The green and white markers everyone sees around our highways; to mark important events, important people, important things about New Hampshire.” When you look a little closer, you find each of the state’s 236 historical markers tells a unique story. In this series, Michael Brindley tells some of those stories. Read these wonderful accounts on the NHPR website.
Alstead Historical Society Maybelle H. Still Memorial Bldg.
High St. & Pleasant St.
Alstead, NH 03602
Antrim Historical Society at the James A. Tuttle Library
45 Main St
Antrim, NH 03440
Bennington Historical Society 38 Main Street
Bennington, NH 03442
Chesterfield Historical Society Route 63
Chesterfield, NH 03443
Dublin Historical Society PO Box 415
Dublin, NH 03444
Fitzwilliam Historical Society Fitzwilliam, NH 03447
Francestown Improvement & Historical Society Francestown, NH 03043
Gilsum Historical Society Gilsum, NH 03448
Greenfield Historical Society Greenfield, NH 03047
Hancock Historical Society 7 Main St.
Hancock NH 03449
Hillsborough Historical Society 5 Central St.,
Hillsboro, NH 03244
Hinsdale Historical Society 609 Brattleboro Road, PO Box 194
Hinsdale, NH. 03451
Historic Harrisville 69 Main St.,
Harrisville, NH. 03450
Historical Society of Cheshire County 246 Main Street Keene, NH 03431
Jaffrey Historical Society 40 Main Street
Jaffrey, NH. 03452
Lyndeborough Historical Society Lyndeborough, NH 03082
Marlborough Historical Society Marlborough, NH 03455
Marlow Historical Society PO Box 12
Marlow, NH 03456
Mason Historical Society Mason, NH 03048
Milford Historical Society 2 Union Square,
Milford, NH 03055
Monadnock Center for History and Culture 19 Grove St.,
Peterborough, NH. 03458
Nelson Town Archives Nelson, NH 03457
New Ipswich Historical Society 23 Main Street,
New Ipswich, NH 03071
Rindge Historical Society School St,
Rindge, NH 03461
Stoddard Historical Society P.O. Box 213
Stoddard, NH 03464
Sullivan Public Library Archives 436 Centre St.
P.O. Box 92
Sullivan, NH 03445
Swanzey Historical Museum 720 West Swanzey Rd.
Swanzey, NH. 03446
Temple Historical Society PO Box 114
Temple, NH 03084
Troy Historical Society Kimball Hall
P.O. Box 593
Troy, NH 03465.
Walpole Historical Society Main St,
Walpole, NH 03608
Westmoreland Park Hill Meeting House and Historical Society P.O. Box 105,
Westmoreland, NH 03467
Wilton Historical Society 7 Forest Road
P.O. Box 1052
Wilton, NH 03086
Winchester Historical Society 391 Back Ashuelot Rd,
Winchester, NH 03470