The June issue of Earth magazine had a wonderful article on the history and science of new England's stone walls. The article was written by John-Manuel Andriote and it is a good read for those very familiar with our famous walls or those who don't know anything about them. Two parts of the article that are a real treat. The first is a series of dioramas from the Fisher Museum that chronicle landscape history and the second is a pictorial identifying key for stone walls, great for activities with children.
26 August 2014
By Kyle Leach 8:02 AM celebration, events, Farmington Historical Society, Farmington NH, fundraising, Hay Day, local, photographs, thank you, volunteers No comments
By Kyle Leach 8:00 AM announcement, author, book, famous, historic places, history, local, meeting, NH Historical Society, people, poetry, presentation, regional, stories, writing No comments
Historical Society Museum
J. W. Ocker
Author of two award-winning macabre travelogues
Edgar Allan Poe was an oddity. His life was odd, his literature is odd, his legacy is odd. Actually, his legacy is the oddest part about him. In Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe, J. W. Ocker explores Poe’s strange physical legacy along the U.S. East Coast and across the ocean by touring Poe’s homes, examining artifacts from his life—locks of his hair, pieces of his coffin, original manuscripts, the bed where his wife died—and traveling to the many memorials dedicated to him.
Along the way, Ocker meets Poe fans from a range of backgrounds and professions—actors, museum managers, writers, businesspeople, professors, collectors, sculptors, historians—who have dedicated some part of their lives to Poe and his legacy. Poe-Land is a unique travel diary that follows the afterlife of the poet, author, and critic who invented detective fiction, advanced the emerging genre of science fiction, and elevated the horror genre with an unrivaled mastery over the macabre that has made the genre what it is today.
J. W. OCKER is the author of two award-winning macabre travelogues, The New England Grimpendium and The New York Grimpendium. He runs the website OTIS: Odd Things I’ve Seen (www.oddthingsiveseen.com), where he chronicles his visits to oddities of nature, history, art, and culture. Ocker was born in the state where Poe died and now lives in New England. His work has appeared on CNN.com and TheAtlantic.com, as well as in Rue Morgue magazine, the Boston Globe, and other places people stick writing. He has a wife, two daughters, and a black cat.
OTIS: Odd Things I’ve Seen
09 August 2014
By Farmington Historical Society 9:54 AM 19th Century, animal pound, cleaning, Farmington, Farmington Town Pound, historic places, history, landscaping, National Register of Historic Places No comments
|The Town Pound on Pound Road in Farmington.|
|Collage of photos before clear up began.|
|Collage of photos after the clean up.|
|Historical Society Members display their hard work.|
|Photo of Farmington Town Pound from the 1904 Souvenir Book|
The pound occupies a small lot measuring 120 feet by 130 feet in the geographical center of the town. The balance of the parcel supports a young growth of mixed hardwood and conifers.
The pound was built in 1823 by the Town of Farmington to replace an earlier wooden structure that was built in 1802. It is one of a few well-preserved pounds in southeastern New Hampshire. It remained in use until late in the 19th century. It was sold to a private owner in 1918. Eventually, it was given back to the town, and is now maintained by our historical society.
Farmington Town Pound on Wikipedia
Strafford County Listing of Historic Places on National Register of Historic Places
Town Pound Registration Form on National Register of Historic Places
Souvenir of Farmington New Hampshire 1904 Booklet on Scribd
Town Pound as it appears in satellite photos from Google Earth. Look for the Farmington Town Pound pin on Google Earth. http://www.google.com/earth/
27 July 2014
By Farmington Historical Society 7:15 AM 2014, article, Foster's Daily Democrat, Jewish culture, July, news, NH history, Portsmouth No comments
"Bath discovery rekindles interest in Portsmouth's Jewish history"
Foster's Daily Democrat
Pictured here is a Jewish ritual bath, also known as a mikvah,
which was recently discovered in Portsmouth at Strawbery
Banke. (Ryan McBride/Staff photographer,
Foster's Daily Democrat)
A century-old mikvah — a ritual immersion bath — was unearthed by the museum's archaeological staff after a former resident shared his memory of the structure. As there is no written record of this particular mikvah's existence, the discovery will allow local historians an opportunity to more accurately detail the history of Jewish culture in Portsmouth.
While starting a vegetable garden on the site of what once held the Pecunies homestead, Ronald Pecunies casually mentioned his memory of a mikvah located in the basement of his family's former home. Rather than using it for its original purpose of ritual cleansing, Pecunies noted that his family, which owned the home from the late 1930s to the 1960s, used the structure to brine fish.
The mention of the mikvah greatly intrigued former museum archaeologist Sheila Charles, who soon kick-started an effort to uncover this piece of history.
Read the entire story in Foster's Daily Democrat at http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140727/GJNEWS_01/140729507
Mikvah on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikveh
26 July 2014
By Farmington Historical Society 11:01 AM 2014, announcement, August, business meeting, meeting No comments
"August Business Meeting"Friday, August 1st
Henry Wilson Museum
Goodwin Library Lower Level
Goodwin Library Lower Level
|Our New Logo was approved at the July Meeting.|
There will be no presentation this month, just a business meeting.
Call to order
Pledge of Allegiance
Review of Minutes: 11 July 2014
2014-15 Presentations: discussion
Town Pound: Clean-up
Vista Print: Caps and T shirts. Set prices.
Hayday: Discussion/Plan. 23 August - 8 am - 3 pm.
Still need volunteers to man the booth.
Need to update and reproduce brochures for distribution.
Fifty-Fifty Raffle (tickets/bowl) drawing 2:30 pm
Museum open 10am - 2pm
Meetings: September - 5 Sept - no presentation - byor.
October - 3 Oct - Presentation TBD - Refreshment to be provided.
November - 7 Nov - Annual Meeting - Pot luck - Elections.
Come join us. Dues are only $5.00!
10 July 2014
Henry Wilson Society Museum
Main Street, Farmington, NH
Main Street, Farmington, NH
Pledge of allegiance
Review of Minutes: 02 May 2014
Discussion re: hanging xmas trees.
Sanborn Mills Farms Tours - coming soon. Will contact Mr. Huppe to arrange the recon tour.
Town Pound: Clean-up - Lets pick a time and date.
Need copies of minutes - last twelve months - Joyce.
Vista print: Caps and T shirts.
Cataloging museum contents. Tom Ransom, Rod & Judy Thompson, Dottie Bean, Kyle Leach, and Jim Horgan.
Hayday: Looking for folks to hold down the table. Sell baked goods and raffle tickets, hand out brochures, guide folks to the museum.
Need folks to guide folks through the museum: hours to be
Need folks to bake items for sale: suggestions?
any ideas for trinkets - for resale (promoting museum).
Souvenir type stuff.
23 August - 8 am - 3 pm.
Meetings will continue over the summer. Bring you own refreshments. These will be working meetings - no presentations For JUNE through September.
Thank you all for your attendance and participation, especially for allowing us to move forward in advancing the condition of the Museum. Don’t be strangers, stay in touch, come to the meetings. Have a good summer.
Our next meeting: August 1st.