Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hampton, New Hampshire Celebrates 375 Years!

Founder's Park, Hampton, New Hampshire

This weekend is the kick-off celebration for the 375th anniversary year of the founding of Hampton, New Hampshire.  Reverend Stephen Batchelder led his flock to Hampton, which actually settled on 14 October1638, so the official celebrations for the 375th birthday will be a year long celebration.  A list of the founding families can be found on the stones at Founder's Park, across from the Historical Society, or at this blog post:  

This weekend, at the First Congregational Church of Hampton, founded by Rev. Batchelder / Bachiler, there will be a special service and all descendants of founding families are invited.  This is followed by a lunch and activities. See the web link below for more information and to register.   The official celebration will be a three day event in August 2013 at Tuck Field, next to the Historic Society.  A commission has been formed to plan the celebration.

First Congregational Church, Hampton

First Congregational Church
Hampton, NH
On October 14, 1638 Rev. Stephen 
Bachiler and fifty-five settlers from
Massachusetts laid out Winnacunnet
Plantation and organized what is now
the oldest congregational society in
New Hampshire and the second oldest
continuous church fellowship in the
United States
Presented by
New Hampshire Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
October 14, 1978

For more information:

Descendants Celebration Sunday- register here for the activities this weekend, October 14, 2012 

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. Heather,
    Are there any more plans for this celebration year? I know three other cousins who are interested.
    Thank-you so much! I am so glad that I found you!
    Joanie Nathan

    1. Yes, lots more 375th anniversary events are listed at this link: Check the calendar often this summer!