Historical Societies: Dig into New England History

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.