Category Archives: Historical

Salmon Falls River Paddle

Take a unique guided tour of Rollinsford, Berwick and Somersworth by canoe or kayak on Sunday, August 7 from 1 to 3 pm. The Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) and the Southeast Land Trust (SELT) are co-sponsoring this opportunity to learn about the historic points of interest and conservation land along the Salmon Falls River between Front Street in Rollinsford and New Dam Road in Berwick while enjoying the lovely scenery along the way.

Participants must provide their own watercraft and flotation device; a limited number of boats are available for loan but must be arranged for in advance. The registration fee is $5 for the general public; free to ARCH or SELT members. To register or request more information, email paulwentworthhouse@gmail.com or call 603-742-4747 and leave a message.

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Sports History Talks at the Wentworth House

Baseball fans and bicycling enthusiasts who are interested in the histories of their respective sports won’t want to miss two up-coming talks at Rollinsford’s historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House. Both lectures are being presented in connection with “Neighborhood Entertainments: New Englanders at Play,” the exhibit on early New England sports and recreation currently on view at the Wentworth House.Zip Zamarchi will present an illustrated talk about penny farthings, bone shakers and other forerunners of the modern bicycle on Tuesday, July 26. Mr. Zamarchi is a cycling historian and an avid collector of antique bicycles and bicycling memorabilia. Several items from his extensive collection are included in the exhibit.

On Tuesday, August 9, Brian Sheehy will describe the game of baseball the way it was played by early teams such as the Portsmouth Rockinghams and the Newburyport Clamdiggers: no gloves, underhand pitching, and woolen knickerbocker uniforms. In addition to being an historian of the game, Mr. Sheehy plays base ball in the style of the 1800s with the Essex Vintage Base Ball Club.

Both talks will be presented at 7 pm, and the doors will open at 6 pm for visitors who would like to tour the exhibit prior to the presentation. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. Admission to the presentations and the exhibit is $5 for the general public and free for members of ARCH.

Maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) as an educational and cultural center, the Colonel Paul Wentworth House is located at 47 Water Street in Rollinsford, NH. For more information, call (603)742-4747 or (603) 749-1966.

Domestic Life at the Wentworth House

At Home in the 18th Century at the Wentworth House

An 18th century New England household will come to life at a two-day living history event at the historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford, NH from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19.

Re-enactors in period clothing will demonstrate a wide range of domestic activities showcasing everyday life in a colonial home, including gardening, hearth cooking and housekeeping chores, as well as games and pastimes. Saturday’s highlight will be a demonstration of colonial foodways from the hearth to the table, illustrating how food was prepared, served and enjoyed in the 18th century. Demonstrators will also show how early Americans “slept tight” by making a straw-filled mattress and roping a bedstead. Visitors will be welcome to join in some indoor and outdoor games which were popular in colonial America.

Located on Water Street in Rollinsford, the Wentworth House is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) as an educational and cultural center. Admission to this event is $5 for adults, and free for children and ARCH members. For more information, consult the ARCH website at ww.paulwentworthhouse.org or on Facebook at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House.

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2015 Annual Report & Town Meeting

Town Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 12th at 9AM at the Rollinsford Grade School. Childcare WILL be available.

Limited hard copies of documents will be available at the meeting. If you have an electronic device, please bring it with you to view and refer to documents as they are discussed. Wifi access will be available.

Click here to view the 2015 Town Report.

Cribbage Warm-Up Event & Tournament

The historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford will host its 7th annual cribbage tournament on Sunday, March 6. The public is invited to take a break from cabin fever with stimulating conversation and a classic card game.

Guests are invited to come as a team or as individuals. Solo players will be paired up with a partner on the afternoon of the tournament. Registration is at 1:00 pm and play begins at 1:30 pm. The entry fee is $30 per team or $20 per person, and a cash prize of $50 will be awarded to the tournament champion. Players are also asked to bring some food to share and the beverage of your choice. Paper goods and utensils will be provided.

All skill ranges are welcome, from beginner to seasoned expert. For those who would like to learn the game or hone their skills for the tournament, a cribbage warm-up event will be held on Saturday, February 27 from 1 to 5 pm. There is no entry fee for the warm-up event and no score will be kept – not officially, at least.

The cribbage tournament is a great opportunity to show support for the Colonel Paul Wentworth House, meet new people and have a fun time. Seating is limited so reserve your spot by sending an email to paulwentworthhouse@gmail.com and providing your name and the number in your party. Or register by calling Mike at 603-817-4545 or John at 207-475-6150.

The circa 1701 Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH).  For more information about this and other events at the Wentworth House, consult the ARCH website at paulwentworthhouse.org.

Town Meeting & Annual Voting

Voting will take place at the Town Hall on Tuesday, March 8th from 7AM to 7PM at the Town Hall.

Town Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 12th at 9AM at the Rollinsford Grade School.

Wentworth House Event: Snowshoe Men

Snowshoe Men at the Wentworth House

Meet a company of men portraying veteran snowshoe soldiers who patrolled the New England frontier during the mid-18th century during a weekend of living history on January 16 and 17. Members of Captain John Harmon’s Snowshoe Company of Rangers will be in residence at the historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford, NH and will demonstrate the use of flintlock muskets and traditional snowshoes, plus the clothing, equipment and tactics used by the frontier militia in the 1750s.

Snowshoe companies were formed to patrol New England’s harsh frontier during the long winters and protect the northern settlements from attack by the French and their Native American allies during the border wars of the mid-1700s. The New England “ranging” companies served a vital role during the French and Indian War.

The public is invited to meet the snowshoe men on Saturday, January 16 from noon to 4 pm and again on Sunday, January 17 from 10 am to 3 pm. Costumed interpreters will also demonstrate 18th century hearth cooking, crafts, board games and other recreational activities, and other aspects of winter life in colonial New England.

The circa 1701 Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH). Tours of the house will also be offered during the event. A donation of $5 is suggested for adults; the event is free to children and ARCH members. For more information about this and other events at the Wentworth House, consult the ARCH website at paulwentworthhouse.org or on Facebook at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House.

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Captain John Harmon’s Snowshoe Company of Rangers, French and Indian War era, at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford, NH, January 17, 2015. Photograph by Ralph Morang