Sunday, August 11, 2019

Londonderry’s 120th Annual Old Home Days, August 14 – 18, 2019

Londonderry, New Hampshire has observed Old Home Day for many years.  It is one of the few New Hampshire towns that have continued to observe Old Home Day on the traditional third weekend in August, as established in 1899 by former New Hampshire Governor Frank Rollins.  See this past blog post for more on the history of Old Home Day in New Hampshire:  

This year will be the 300th anniversary of Londonderry, which was originally established as “Nutfield” in 1719 by Rev. James MacGregor and his flock of Ulster Presbyterians who left Northern Ireland.  Special events have been added to the Old Home Day celebrations for this special anniversary, including many historical Scots Irish cultural events such as weaving, linen production, bagpipers, and more at the Morrison House sponsored by the Londonderry Historical Society (see this link for a list of all these activities: )   I will be there at the Morrison House (a short walk from the common) between noon and 2pm for genealogical questions and consultation. 

This year, the five-day celebration begins on Wednesday, August 14th, and ends on Sunday, August 18th.  There is all the traditional, old-fashioned fun you have seen in past years, such as band concerts, kids movie night, fireworks, a parade, a 5K race, the baby contest, and the booths and events on the town common.  And this year will also include some new events for the 300th anniversary.  Be sure to visit booths #44 and #43 for Nutfield History and the Friends of the First Parish Meetinghouse to pick up historical information and your commemorative Nutfield coins, too.  

The theme for this year’s 120th Old Home Day celebration is “300 Years of Family and Friends”.  The winning entry theme for this year came from Mrs. Murphy’s 4th Grade Class at South School. If you are a descendant and would like to ride on a trolley in this year's parade, please contact for more information about participation. 

The Londonderry Old Home Day website:   

The schedule and event brochure (PDF and printable!):

For all the fun historical events planned for Saturday, August 17th at the Londonderry Historical Society’s Morrison House Museum, please see this blog post:   

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