Welcome to the Community Website for Marlow, New Hampshire

Marlow also has an Official Town Website where you can find forms and documents, 
information about town departments, board minutes and more at

Announcements and Events 

July 2020

The Odd Fellows are now hosting The Gathering Place Saturday mornings  from 9am until 11:30am in a COVID-19 responsible setting. Outdoor picnic tables are also available and you are free to stand outside and gather, as so many people do, even in winter!

The Gathering Place will take place in the Odd Fellows Hall until further notice and the Food Pantry will continue to use the chapel.

At the Chapel on Saturdays 10am-12pm or by delivery

The Marlow Neighborhood Food group will collect and distribute food and necessary items to assist families in need. We have LOTS of food items that we want to get out to our neighbors. So if the kids are "eating you out of house and home" or you just are not comfortable driving in to Keene to pick up some items...it is free for everyone! 

Pick Up at the Chapel

The pantry is located in the Chapel building (white building next to Tin Shop Pond) and it will be open on Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm for anyone to stop by if they need a little help.

Car Delivery at the Chapel

Anyone that is uncomfortable coming into the pantry can park on the lawn side of the Chapel and beep your horn. We will come out and see what you are looking for and deliver it to your car.

Home Delivery

We will also have a number of people that you can call to have food delivered to your home. Please call the following people if you need some help with extra food at this time:

Sharon Davis (446-7064), John Luke (446-3380), Dan Cherry (446-3307), Jacqui Fay - Marlow Town Office (446-2245)

Volunteers follow guidelines on safe foodhandling and practices.

Please come and help us make this a success!

March 22, 2020

The Marlow United Methodist Church is now streaming their worship on Sunday mornings

Click here to go the church Facebook page to join in. 

A Message from the Historical Society

March 29, 2020

It is impossible to plan ahead during these uncertain times. We would normally be scheduling events and programs, and looking forward to opening our museum for the season. We must, however, follow the recommended guidelines concerning COVID-19 and are therefore putting all gatherings on hold. The museum will remain closed until further notice.

Many town activities such as the Odd Fellows Bingo and Sunday breakfasts, library programs, Friendly Meals, and the Gathering Place have also been temporarily cancelled. The Marlow United Methodist Church is streaming their Sunday morning worship.

Our Spring newsletter, which is already in the works, will be emailed. At a later date, when it is safe to do so, we will send you a hard copy, which many of you prefer.

We are exploring ways to work together online to initiate collaborative research such as the histories of the Marlow Village Cemetery and the Marlow Methodist Church.

We send our most affectionate regards to you and your families, and trust that you will stay safe and healthy.

Marlow Historical Society Spring/Summer 2020 Newsletter Posted

Read about a scan of Marlow's Medical History, When Marlow Saw the Light, Time Travel with Charlie (including "The True Story" of the Marlow brush truck), Marlow Epidemics Then and Now, Victorian Marlow, and more.  Click here to read the full newsletter...

A moment in local history: Marlow’s ink and extract manufacturers

by Alan F. Rumrill

  • February 22, 2020

One of the most unusual and least remembered industries in the town of Marlow was the ink and extract factory operated by the Farley family. Bethuel Farley, born in Marlow in 1794, and his son Lucius and grandson Frank ran the business for more than 50 years. Read more...

Farley’s Ink factory operated in Marlow for at least 60 years, producing inks and extracts. Courtesy of the Historical Society of Cheshire County.

A bit of history
This town, a largely undisturbed agricultural community on the northern border of Cheshire County, is the prototype of a Yankee rural village.It was granted in 1753 under the name Addison, in honor of Joseph Addison, British essayist and poet, and Secretary of State for England, who signed the appointment papers making John Wentworth Lieutenant Governor of New Hampshire under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts in 1717.

Although there are persistent rumors that Marlow is named for the English poet, Christopher Marlowe, it seems more likely that, like many New England towns, Marlow is named after a place and the name "Marlow" recalls Marlowe, England. Perhaps some of our early settlers came from that region.

A New Hampshire source supports this view: New Hampshire: A History, Resources, Attractions, and Its People volume 1 by Hobart Pillsbury. He wrote, "It was re-granted in 1761 to William Noyes and others and named Marlow after an English town" (Pillsbury, p 234). Genealogical research on the origins of Marlow's settlers might shed light on the issue.
The picturesque village center, with its white church, Odd Fellows Hall, Town Hall and lily pond is one of the region's most photographed scenes and often the subject of an artist's brush. Marlow is the site of many marks of glacial action, and minerals are still found here. A woodworking industry once used the water power of the Ashuelot River to produce tools, furniture and wooden buckets from lumber cut nearby.

Please note that all programs at the library are cancelled or postponed until further notice.

The Marlow Town Library has Moved Back into its Original Location

Our book selection is still limited as we continue our move back into Jones Hall

Wifi is restored, but we do not have patron computers or desks set up yet.

Just about any book you need can be requested through our NH interlibrary loan system.

Hours are Monday 12-5, 6-8; Wednesday 4-8; Saturday 9-12

Regular Events and Ongoing Announcements

Please note that Friendly Meals is 
cancelled until further notice.

Friendly Meals at Odd Fellows Hall 11:30am
Monthly on the first Tuesday of the month

Friendly Meals is a time for seniors to get together the first Tuesday of the month to enjoy a meal and conversation. Held at the Odd Fellows Hall with coffee at 11:30 and dinner at 12pm. Friendly Meals is open to anyone 60 or over. It is a program of Home Health Care. A donation of $3 is welcomed. Call Sharon at 446-7064 the Friday before for reservations.

Please note that Odd Fellows Bingo is 
cancelled until further notice.

Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of your online purchases to 
Marlow Children’s Enrichment Trust
when you order online with Amazon Smile

Please consider shopping at Smile.Amazon.com and help support the Marlow Children’s Enrichment Trust by choosing our 501(c)(3) non-profit group to receive .5% of the proceeds of your order.

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August 2019

August is the month the trustees of the Marlow Children's Enrichment Trust review our books to determine what funds we can offer to groups or individuals hoping to bring activities or programs to Marlow children. Our budget for the period August 2019 - July 2020 is set, and we welcome applications.

Who can apply for funds? Teachers of the Marlow School District, and individuals and groups associated with Marlow whose purpose for the funds is the enrichment of Marlow youth.

Please note the MCET is hoping to reach as many children as possible with the funds available. Therefore, preference will be given to applications that have the broadest reach in our community.

Deadline to apply for funds: There are no set deadlines, but please consider completing and returning applications as soon as possible. The trustees will review all applications and notify applicants within 4 weeks of receipt of application. It is our hope to offer funds to all who qualify, however, funds are limited.

Applications are available by contacting a trustee listed below or by downloading the application below.

This trust is not connected to the Marlow School District or the Town of Marlow.

We look forward to working with the community to enhance learning opportunities for the children of Marlow. Again, anyone with an activity or program plan is welcome to apply for funds.


The Trustees of the Marlow Children's Enrichment Trust: Donna Chase 446-7733, Sandy Salo 446-3366, Barbara White 446-2281, Mary Andreasen 446-2276, Nancy Vesco 209-9797

email Donna Chase at chase1@myfairpoint.net

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