Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Nutfield 300th Anniversary Events

This is an early schedule of events for the 300th anniversary of Nutfield, New Hampshire, founded in 1719 by sixteen Scots Irish families led by the Rev. James MacGregor from Aghadowey, Northern Ireland.  Please stay tuned here, and at the website for changes to dates, more information, and additional events.

Founder’s Weekend, April 12 – 14, 2019, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the First Parish Meetinghouse in East Derry, New Hampshire.  History talks, displays, activities, cemetery and village tours, and family friendly activities.  There will be a Friday night Welcome Dedication and dinner and a Saturday Heritage Day.  On Founder’s Sunday there will be a special church service honoring Rev. James MacGregor and the bell in the meetinghouse will be rung for the first time since the renovations.   A Scots Irish family renunion is planned.

Nutfield Gala, April 13, 2019,  Saturday, at the Derry Opera House, Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire. Sponsored by the Greater Derry Arts Council.  An Evening semi-formal event with food, music, and presentations.

Windham Strawberry Festival, June 2019, Windham, New Hampshire. 

Civil War Encampment, June 15, 2019, Saturday, at the lawn of the First Parish Meetinghouse and Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the Derry Heritage Commission.   Re-enactors will recreate a Civil War era encampment with demonstrations and military ceremonies.

Derry Fourth of July, on July 6, 2019, Saturday, at the Adams Memorial Building and downtown Derry, New Hampshire.  Parade, speeches, time capsule, themed fireworks.

Londonderry Old Home Day, August 2019, Londonderry Town Common and the Historical Society Museum Complex on Pillsbury Road.  All the traditional Old Home Day activities plus commemorative events for the 300th anniversary.

DerryFest, September 14, 2019, Saturday, at MacGregor Park in Derry, New Hampshire, sponsored by the Greater Derry Arts Council and the Derry Heritage Commission.  There will be a 300th anniversary booth, special performances, and the usual DerryFest activities.

Nutfield After Dark, September 14, 2019, Saturday, in downtown Derry, New Hampshire along Broadway.  Sponsored by the Cask and Vine.  Adult beverages and food festival, in the evening following DerryFest.

Derryfield 300th Anniversary-  Dates and activities to be determined for tours and presentations about Derryfield, which is now part of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Also being planned are other projects including:

Nutfield 300th Commemorative Coins
Derry Digital Online Archives sponsored by the Derry Public Library
Plot Finder Website – Forest Hill Cemetery GIS Map – a website with interactive data on grave sites.
Nutfield 300th Souvenirs – T-shirts, calendars, mugs, etc.
Nutfield 300th Commemorative Beer – sponsored by the Cask and Vine
A Nutfield 300th Poem – by Derry poet laureate Bob Crawford
An official Nutfield 300th Program – a souvenir program with glossy photos and history
Town History Books and Local History Publications
A Nutfield Children’s Book – an illustrated book project by the Derry Public Library
A 300th Anniversary microsite

Register here!
Are you a descendant?  Are you interested in Nutfield History?  Are you a history buff?
Register here and we will keep you informed via email   

Contacts for more information:

Paul Lindemann – Derry Heritage Commission, First Parish Meetinghouse Preservation Building 

Committee, First Parish Church History Committee  

Karen Blandford-Anderson  - Derry Heritage Commission  

Derry Museum of History- 

Londonderry Historical Society – 

Windham Historical Society-


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Nutfield 300th Anniversary Events", Nutfield Genealogy, posted  September 26, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

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