24 October 2014

November 7: Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner



Friday, November 7th
6:30 pm
Congregational Church Vestry
Main Street, Farmington
presented by 
Farmington Historical Society
Officers and Members


Come join us for our annual meeting and Pot Luck Dinner on Friday, November 7 at 6:30 in the vestry of the Congregational Church on main street.  Bring a dish to enjoy with friends. Beverages and desserts will be provided by the Society.  The food will be brought by the membership.   Members  are encouraged to bring family and friends to help us celebrate another great year.  New members are always welcome.  If you ever thought of becoming a member, this is a great time to do it. Please join us.

Annual Dues are due, so bring your $5.00!  At these rates, the entire family can join!
After the meal, we will conduct a brief business meeting.  New officers will be elected for the coming year.  If you would like to run for office or nominate a candidate, please contact us at FarmingtonNHHistory@gmail.com and let us know.

See you at the Annual Meeting!

26 September 2014

October 3rd 2014 Presentation- A Trip Through Poe-Land presented by J.W. Ocker

"Poe-Land"


Friday, October 3rd 2014
7:00 pm
Goodwin Library
Historical Society Museum

presented by 
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, business people, 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.

Learn More

OTIS: Odd Things I’ve Seen
www.oddthingsiveseen.com


05 September 2014

Historical Society September Meeting Tonight



Friday, September 5th
7:00 pm
Henry Wilson Museum Museum
Goodwin Library

Agenda

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Review of Minutes: August 2014
Treasurer’s Report
2014-15 Presentations: Discussion
Town Pound: Clean-up  Completed Thanks to Stan Freeda, Kyle Leach, and Rodney Thompson.
Website Updates/Social Media
Hayday:  Discussion/Review
Meetings:   October -  3 Oct - Presentation: J.W. Ocker. Refreshment to be provided.
        November - 7 Nov - Annual Meeting - Pot luck  - Elections. To be held in Congregational Church.
Other Business
Adjourn


Step out of your high-stress, high-tech world for a few moments and savor the classic Christmas adventure - choosing your own tree from high on a hill at Sundance Farm.  Susan will share the experiences of Christmas Tree farming in New Hampshire. Her farm has 100s of season-ready, hand-sheared fir and pine, in many varieties, that you can harvest on your own.  There is also a just-cut selection. Sundance Farm also has wreaths to grace your front door.



26 August 2014

Article-The History, Science and Poetry of New England’s Stone Walls


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.




Hay Day 2014 Recap and Photos


The Farmington Historical Society would like to thank everyone who stopped by our Hay Day booth and visited the Museum on Saturday. It was a pleasure to talk with all of you. We were excited you liked the balloons and the new Farmington Historical Society t-shirts and baseball caps. We hope to see you when our free monthly presentations start back up in October or for our regular monthly Historical Society business meeting in September. Again, thank you for your support.

Jim Horgan, the president of the Farmington Historical Society, wants to issue a giant thank you to Joann Doke, Joyce White, Resta Detwiler, Judy Thompson, and Martha Horgan for tending the Hay Day booth and the Henry Wilson Museum for the Farmington Historical Society and to Rebecca Howard, Stan Freeda and Kyle Leach for all the prep work.








09 August 2014

Society Cleans Town Pound Historic Site


The Town Pound on Pound Road in Farmington.
Members of the Historical Society cleaned up around the Town Pound on Sunday, August 10, at 1:00 PM.  The clean up did not take too long, but the Society hoped that sprucing up the historical site will allow for easier recognition and appreciation of our landmark.  The Town Pound was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.  The Pound was sold to the Raab Family  in 1918 after it was no longer in use by the town. The family donated the structure back to the Town of Farmington in 1975.  The Town Pound site is maintained by the Farmington Historical Society.  The Society hopes to continue improvements to the site.

Collage of photos before clear up began.
Collage of photos after the clean up.
Historical Society Members display their hard work.
The pound as it survives today is a substantial structure, whose fieldstone walls are seven-feet high and three-feet wide at the base. Along the top, the walls terminate with long granite capstones. There is a five-and-a-half-foot wide opening on the southeast side (facing Pound Road). Some of the stones have been removed, the lintel has fallen and broken into three pieces, and the wooden gate is no longer extant, but the pound is otherwise similar in appearance to the photograph which appears in the 1904 publication, Souvenir of Farmington, New Hampshire. (The presence of saplings growing on the lot was evident even in 1904.)

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.

Learn More

Farmington Town Pound on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farmington_Town_Pound

Strafford County Listing of Historic Places on National Register of Historic Places
http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/nh/Strafford/state.html

Town Pound Registration Form on National Register of Historic Places
http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/93000884.pdf

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

Interesting Article About an Excavation in Portsmouth

"Bath discovery rekindles interest in Portsmouth's Jewish history"
by 
Laurenne Ramsdell
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)
PORTSMOUTH — A recent discovery within the grounds of Strawbery Banke has offered new insight into the Seacoast's rich history of Jewish culture.

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.

Learn More
Read the entire story in Foster's Daily Democrat at http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140727/GJNEWS_01/140729507