Thursday, August 22, 2013

Photos from Londonderry's Old Home Day, 17 August 2013

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. 

Little re-enactors

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

The Londonderry Historical Society

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the recap. We're planning to attend next year!