Monday, July 23, 2018

Update on the Nutfield 300th Anniversary Events

The steeple and bell assembly was removed from the tower
at the First Parish Meetinghouse in 2015

I recently had great tour of the First Parish Meetinghouse in East Derry, New Hampshire with Paul Lindemann.  The structural base of the church tower has been completed, and they are hoping that the top of the steeple will be returned and refitted above the clock on the tower this fall or early next spring.  The entire belfry has been rebuilt, and will be moved by crane to the tower top.  The hope is for the church bell to be rung for the first time at Founders Weekend, April 12 – 14, 2019.

Please help with the fundraiser for the steeple at the crowdfunding website!  Every amount donated will be matched dollar for dollar by a New Hampshire state LCHIP grant! 

Paul Lindemann shows where the old staircase used
to block the original entrance to the meetinghouse

Here is a timeline of Nutfield Anniversary events for 2019 in Derry, Londonderry,  and Windham

Founders Weekend April 12 – 14, 2019 at the First Parish Meetinghouse in East Derry ( The Rev. James MacGregor gathered his flock of Ulster Presbyterian settlers under a tree at Beaver Lake in East Derry for the first sermon in Nutfield on 12 April 1719)  This event will include a dinner, a Saturday forum with history talks, artisans, cemetery and village tours, family activities, a Saturday night gala at the Opera House, and a Sunday Church service with the steeple bell ringing.

Strawberry Festival June, 2019, Windham –Historical commemorations and the traditional strawberry events on the common

July 4th, 2019,  Derry – Speeches, Open the Old Time Capsule, Parade and Fireworks

Old Home Day,  August 17 , 2019, Londonderry –Parade, Historical Society exhibits and encampment, tours of the Morrison house, family events on the common, music, food, and more.

Derryfest September, 2019 -  Set a New Time Capsule, Speeches, activities in MacGregor Park

NOTE:  Are you a descendant of an original Nutfield Scots Irish family?  Are you interested in attending some of these 2019 events?  Are you just interested in following the news about Nutfield's Anniversary?  Please click on this link and submit the form for the mailing list so you can be included in on the planning and all the latest news:

Here are some additional links and website to help you keep up with the latest information on these events, and other news about the history of Nutfield, please see the following websites:

"Nutfield History" – a blog by Paul Lindemann 

History & Meetinghouse - updates on Facebook  

Also for local history, the Derry History Museum:  

Friends of the Meetinghouse  (First Parish in East Derry, NH)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Update on the Nutfield 300th Anniversary Events", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 23, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

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