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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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ARCH Volunteer Event

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House

Dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers are essential to the success of the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) and the historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House. To show our appreciation, all ARCH volunteers – past, present and future – are cordially invited to a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Saturday, May 14 from 8 to 10 am. Come enjoy delicious food and great company while we share information about the upcoming season at the Wentworth House. There are some exciting events and new training opportunities in the works for the 2016 season. RSVP by emailing paulwentworthhouse@gmail.com or call 603-742-4747.

Maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH), the circa 1701 Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford, NH and hosts living history events, exhibits, and school and youth programs. 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.

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.

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

Old Fashioned Halloween at Wentworth House

Looking for a family-friendly Halloween activity? The Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) will host an Old Fashioned Halloween at the historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford on Friday, October 30 from 5 to 8 pm.

No zombies, no gore, just a little bit eerie and a lot of fun, the event will include crafts, storytelling, and indoor and outdoor games. Admission is by donation: $2 suggested per child or $5 for the whole family.

The Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford.

Militia Muster and Market Fair at the Wentworth House

Travel back in time 240 years to the beginnings of the American Revolution at the Rollinsford’s historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House. On Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, the Revolutionary era will come to life at a colonial market fair with 18th century craftspeople and artisans at work, while the militia gathers to enlist and train as they did in October 1775.

At this two-day living history event, Revolutionary War reenactors will portray the men of Captain John Wentworth’s Company as they re-enlist for the new Continental army. The militia men will demonstrate musket firings and military drills, display and explain their equipment, and raise a Liberty Pole and flag as they prepare to join General Washington’s army for the next campaign.

Meanwhile, artisans in period attire will demonstrate such crafts as shoemaking, cabinet making, coopering, and gun smithing, along with period cooking and other aspects of everyday life in the 18th century.

The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm on both days at the Wentworth House which is located on Water Street in Rollinsford, NH. Admission is free for children and a donation of $5 is suggested for adults.

Built in 1701, the Wentworth House is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) as an educational and cultural center. For more information, consult the ARCH website at http://www.paulwentworthhouse.org or on Facebook at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House.

Family Fun Day Schedule of Events

Rollinsford American Legion

Softball Field

Saturday, September 19

Noon – 8:30PM for fireworks!

Join us after the Salmon Run 5K – and keep the fun going until the sun goes down!

Some activities are all day 12:00 – 5:00 – others have times indicated below.

Scavenger hunt

Sachem Alpacas (12:00-4:00)

Kids’ carnival games and Picture taking displays

Concessions $$$

PD finger printing (1:00-3:00) and Jasper the Bloodhound dog (1:00-3:00)

50/50 raffle $$$

Garrison Players – Children activity

Wildlife Encounters (1:00-2:00) Sponsored by Rollinsford Education Foundation

Rollinsford Library

Arch – Will show children and adults how Civil war soldiers did drills

And fire muzzle loaders

Try your luck with graces, ball and cup, bowling and maybe hoop and stick for games

Belletete Ballet- Performance 7:30 Legion Hall

Local author –Martha Couture

Rollinsford Community Garden – Selling Grilled Corn $$$

Fire Department field games and Jaws of Life demo

Police-sponsored spaghetti dinner (5-6:30)

DJ – Patrick Gale & street dancing (6:00-8:30)

FIREWORKS! (8:30)

Many exciting activities are planned to bring our local families and neighbors together, including a town wide scavenger hunt, games for the kids, Fire Department demonstrations, a free pasta dinner made by our very own Police Officers, and much more! To end the day with a bang, we’re bringing back the tradition of an amazing fireworks display over the Salmon Falls River.

Thank you to the local businesses and organizations who have donated time and money to make this event a reality!

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Forestry Walk in Scoutland

Join professional forester Charles Moreno for a guided walk through Scoutland in Rollinsford on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am to noon. Over 80 acres of town-owned forest along the Salmon Falls River, Scoutland is conserved by the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire (SELT) and is popular with hikers and nature-lovers of all types. Participants will learn about the forest structure and the natural history of this beautiful place, as well as the sustainable forestry work that is planned for the property.
The walk will leave from the Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Water Street in Rollinsford, and will return for light refreshments afterwards. This free event is co-sponsored by SELT, the Rollinsford Conservation Commission, and the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH). Sign up by emailing register@seltnh.org.