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Early Settlers, by Barbara Corliss

Join us at 1220 Battle Street in Webster for an open house of the Webster Historical Society, Coffin Cellars Country Winery, and New Hampshire Bowl and Board Store, October 30, 1-5 PM.  For more information, see websterhistoricalsociety.org. The land we … Continue reading

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A Sacred Legacy from the Past

A Sacred Legacy from the Past [published in the Concord Monitor, October 1, 2016] Most of us are so caught up in the details of living that we often fail to look beyond our daily routines.  If we live in … Continue reading

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Pillsbury Lake named after Gen. Pillsbury

Pillsbury Pond in the Bashan section of Webster is named for Moody A. Pillsbury who settled there around 1815, where he lived throughout his life giving more attention to his saw mill than farming. He became an officer in the … Continue reading

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Blackwater Dam Project

Though the Blackwater Dam Project essentially destroyed the vibrant town of Webster, it was considered part of the solution to control flooding downstream. Quotes from these two USGS Reports: The Floods of March 1936 (485 pages) Hurricane Floods of September 1938 … Continue reading

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Petition for a New Town

In 1791, seventy-one men signed the following petition to separate from Boscawen.  The townspeople of Boscawen approved the building of a second Meeting House instead.  A new town was not created until 1860, 69 years later. “PETITION FOR A NEW … Continue reading

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The King’s Pines

Mast Trees and Mast Wheels Mast Wheels were once used to haul enormous tree trunks for use as ships’  masts in the 18th century.  The Webster Historical Society is fortunate to have a pair of these massive wheels, restored and now … Continue reading

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225 years old

The Old Webster Meeting House is 225 years old this year. And that’s something to celebrate!  It’s the oldest meeting house in Merrimack County that has not been re-purposed.  Built in 1791, the meeting house and the reproduction of a … Continue reading

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