Restoration of the Granite Mileposts on the Northern Railroad Line

The Northern Railroad became the Rail Trail in 1992

By Ed Hiller
Restoration of the Granite Mileposts on the Northern Railroad Line

The Northern Railroad, constructed in 1847-48, extends 70 miles from Concord, New Hampshire to White River Junction, Vermont.  It was acquired by the Boston & Maine Railroad in 1887.  The last scheduled passenger train on this line was in January 1965, and the last freight train was in May 1982. In 1992 the use of […]

Sam Hill Road in East Andover Has an Intriguing History

This article is part of a set about East Andover roads

By Ed Hiller
Sam Hill Road in East Andover Has an Intriguing History

Sam Hill Road starts at Jerry Hersey’s farmstead on the Franklin Highway. It proceeds north about 3/4 mile to the Boisvert farmstead. The road then extends east over Cilley Hill, across the northwest corner of Franklin, and north into the Town of Hill. It had been known as Cilley Hill Road for years. But the […]

Andover’s Early Road Maintenance Practices Changed with the Times

Historical documents show creation of Road Agent role

By Rita Norander
Andover’s Early Road Maintenance Practices Changed with the Times

This photo of the massive amount of effort involved in removing snow after a large snowstorm is believed to have been taken on Sam Hill Road, formerly known as Cilley Hill Road. Photo: copied from Robie Family photo album When I came across these pictures, I was reminded of Andover’s recent Town Meeting with its […]

East Andover Village Shown in an Old Postcard

Unique history of the Portsmouth Schoolhouse

By Rita Norander

This picture of East Andover Village is from a post card in my collection which probably belonged to my mother, and possibly her parents or grandparents before her. The picture was most likely taken from an upstairs window in what is now the Highland Lake Inn. On the right is Maple Street which is heading […]

Picture of Portsmouth School Found in 1896 The Granite Monthly

Published in 12-page spread about Andover

By Rita Norander
Picture of Portsmouth School Found in 1896 The Granite Monthly

After saying last month, in my article in the March issue of the Beacon, I hadn’t previously seen a picture of the Portsmouth School in its original setting, I was surprised to rediscover this early photo – and it was right in my own Andover history files! The picture appears in a twelve page article […]

Andover Historical Society Joins Kickoff for Railroad Series

Organized by local Historical Societies in 17 towns.

Press Release
Andover Historical Society Joins Kickoff for Railroad Series

Want to learn more about the dramatic impact on New Hampshire’s people and places caused by the coming of the railroad in the 19th century?  Then plan to attend the kickoff of a coming six-month-long, multi-town exhibition at 7 PM on Thursday, November 7, in the Warner Town Hall. And bring along any railroad-related memorabilia, […]

Tucker Mountain School House Holds Last Open House of the Year

Sunday, October 13

Press Release
Tucker Mountain School House Holds Last Open House of the Year

The Tucker Mountain School House will be open on Sunday, October 13 from 1 to 3 PM. Visitors will be able to browse through a collection of old school books now owed by the Andover Historical Society. Other artifacts and early education memorabilia will be on display. The school has been visited by nearly a […]

A Sign of the Times

By Larry Chase
A Sign of the Times

High above the roof of the Potter Place railroad station, volunteer Fred Nystrom, a Contoocook railroad buff, checks out the condition of the old semaphore, a device once used to send messages from the stationmaster to passing trains by changing the angle of an attached arm via an assembly of hand cranks, levers, rods and […]

Black Heritage Trail NH Hosts Guided Bus Tour in Warner

Sunday, October 6

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Black Heritage Trail NH Hosts Guided Bus Tour in Warner

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (BHTNH) will hold its first ever guided tour in the town of Warner on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 10 AM.  The tour, entitled, A Small New Hampshire Town Remembers Its Black History, will be led by Warner residents and historians Lynn Clark & Rebecca Courser. Warner is […]