Street Address
422 Main Street
Farmington, NH 03835
Mailing Address
422 Main Street
Farmington, NH 03835
Hours
The Museum of Farmington History is operated by the Farmington Historical Society. The museum is open during Meetings of the Historical Society, held on the first Friday of each month, on Hay Day, and by special appointment.
Admissions
Free
Staff
Kyle Leach, Curator
phone: 603-755-2525

Description

The Museum of Farmington History is operated by the Farmington Historical Society. The museum is open during Meetings of the Historical Society, held on the first Friday of each month, on Hay Day, and by special appointment.

Mission

The Farmington Historical Society, Incorporated was founded in 1949 with the objective of furnishing an opportunity for united thought and action in collecting, preserving, and publishing whatever may relate to the early and late history of the town of Farmington, preserving such articles or relics of the early settlers of the country and such records of colonial and later ware and such other objects and records as may be of interest to the Society, and providing such education as is deemed of interest to the community.

History

The native Indians called the area "Chemung," meaning "canoe place." When settlers arrived in the 1770's, it was known as the Northwest Parish of Rochester. Distance and rough roads made it difficult for these first families to travel to the established church in Rochester, although they were taxed heavily for it. This age old problem of taxation was the catalyst which caused the citizens to petition for a charter to incorporate a separate township of Farmington, and this was granted on December 1, 1798. The first town meeting was held on March 11, 1799, at the home of Simon Dame. The 141 voters present elected three selectmen: Idhabod Hayes, Lieutenant Ephraim Kimball and David Roberts. This form of government has been maintained, with the addition of a town administrator, to this day.

Originally an agricultural settlement, the early homes were farms in the Merrill's Corner section, hence the town name. In the 1800s, the establishment of water-powered industries along the Cocheco, Ela and Mad Rivers caused a population shift with the present downtown area evolving near these rivers. The subsequent construction, in 1849, of a railroad through the mill area brought further prosperity and cemented the location of the town commercial center. In the early days this business area was referred to as "The Dock" or "Puddledock," a name which endures today on the masthead of the local newspaper, The Puddledock Press.

Educational Programs

The Farmington Historical Society provides programs which are free and open to everyone during the months of March through June, October, and December, at 7:00 PM on the first Friday of those months, immediately following the membership meeting. A short meet and greet with the presenter with light refreshments begin at 7:00 with the presentation starting at 7:15 PM.

Facilities

The Museum of Farmington History is housed in the lower level of the Goodwin Library in Farmington, NH.

Governance

The museum is operated by the Farmington Historical Society.

Publications

Here is link to the Press website: http://www.puddledockpress.org/

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Parking

Restrooms