August At The #Museum Of #FarmingtonNH #History

This month I answered an inquiry about the Perkins family and the bridge in Farmington named after them. The Perkins bridge, it seems, was the wooden bridge over the railroad tracks, as seen in several of the photos in the online museum from late 1800’s to early 1900’s. The Perkins family had a place near the location of the bridge and was one of the longstanding families in Farmington, so it would not be unusual at all for something in town to be named after them. If you have any information about the Perkins bridge we’d love to hear it.

I also fielded an inquiry about a Farmington souvenir dish and the F.W. Browne Company. The F.W. Browne Company, among many others, produced glazed souvenir-ware that was sold in many shops downtown in the late 1800's to the early decades of the 20th century. Most featured town landmarks or buildings. Some were simple plates, others more ornate objects in the shape of shoes, etc.

During that period Farmington was a destination for travelers. The downtown was at an economic height and it could support much industry: multiple department stores, several hotels, dozens and dozens of side specialty shops, two renowned photographers, several food shops, a dedicated candy shop, a full service pharmacy, a Strand movie theater, and a very busy grand Opera House. Whether it was for business or pleasure there were ample reasons to visit. Items like these and the Farmington Souvenir Postcards would have been sold as token reminders of a person’s visit.

Just a reminder the Museum of Farmington history will be open for Hay Day. As advertised we will be open starting at nine and then close up before the bed race at two. We hope to see everyone soon!

Kyle Leach, Curator
Farmington Historical Society
Museum of Farmington History

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