The Londonderry Historical Society hosted lots of historical activities on Old Home last weekend. There were colonial era re-enactors, demonstrations of old fashioned crafts, a Farmers and Artisans market, and other fund raisers to benefit the re-construction of the Rev. William Morrison house on the museum property. A record number of attendees had a wonderful time!
In 1899 New Hampshire governor Frank Rollins proclaimed the first Old Home Day for the third Saturday in August. It brought home people who had moved to the big cities out of state, or to the mills in Nashua and Manchester for employment, or out west for better farming opportunities. There are only about ten communities in New Hampshire that have faithfully carried on the Old Home Day tradition of the third Saturday in August. Many other hold Old Home Day anytime in August, September or October.
Children enrolling "for the militia" and learning to drill and march
There were lots of old time games and toys to play with, too.
Yours Truly teaching children the art of weaving
The Morrison House was open for tours
The blacksmith demonstrations in the
Clark Blacksmith shop drew big crowds
This re-enactor was pouring lead into molds
to make musket balls
The Londonderry Old Home Day website http://www.oldhomeday.com/
The Londonderry Historical Society http://londonderryhistory.org/
Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo