|Our first stop in the tour was an air conditioned|
lecture in the Windham History Museum!
I was the only "out of towner" attending this year's tour. I was pleasantly surprised to see how organized the whole tour turned out to be, with a keepsake history book, and even costumed characters. Since we were experiencing a heat wave, the first hour of the tour was inside the Windham Museum (in air conditioned comfort) before we all set out in cars to see the sites described in the lectures. I was told that the lectures were usually given "on site".
|The nicely prepared book for the tour included|
historic maps, genealogies, photos and
lots of War of 1812 information from multiple sources
|Frank Johnson portrayed General James Miller who was a hero of |
the Battle of Lundy's Lane, near Niagara Falls in Canada.
Miller was born in Peterborough, NH in 1776
|This table lists 36 Windham men who served in|
the War of 1812, his unit, homestead in town (and sources!)
Last month I posted the photograph of the honor roll of men from Windham which is displayed inside the museum. You can see the photo at this link: http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2012/05/windham-nh-war-of-1812-honor-roll.html After researching the names on the honor roll list for the tour, the committee found several names missing. The tour book lists all 36 men, their biographies, genealogies, excerpts from the town history about their service or family, as well as photos of their homesteads and gravestones. There are still four houses standing in Windham which were the homesteads of veterans of the War of 1812.
|David Campbell b. 1793 lived here until about 1837|
when it became Windham's Poor Farm (Kendall Pond Road)
Campbell served in Capt. Godfrey's Company for 60 days.
He later removed to Wapello, Iowa with his
military land grant.
|The crowd enjoying the stories at the Cemetery on the Hill|
|Robert Park Dinsmore is buried at the|
Cemetery on the Plain. He served in Captain
Goss's Company, and he was also the
chorister of the Presbyterian Church in Windham.
Stay tuned to be surprised for next year's Mystery Tour, which will be the 20th annual event given by the Windham Historical Society.
|Farm fresh ice cream at Johnson Farm was the perfect|
ending for the tour on the hottest day of the year!
Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo