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
Marlow Historical Society Quilt Raffle
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Back by popular demand...

The Historical Society has brought back Marlow tee shirts with the Marek Bennett "summer and winter" designs - long sleeves, forest green. The price is $20.00. Every penny from sale of the tee shirts goes towards the ongoing renovation of Murray Hall.

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October 23, 2014

The Marlow Book Club is inviting new members to join us

Check out our Facebook page: Marlow Book Club. The next book we're reading is People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks and the next meeting is Friday, November 21. Let us know if you're interested in joining!

College Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation seeks high-achieving high school seniors with financial need for its College Scholarship Program, the largest undergraduate scholarship in the nation. Selected students receive college planning support, ongoing advising, and up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate institution. If you know students who stand out for their exceptional academic abilities and achievements, persistence, leadership, and desire to help others, please encourage them to visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s website to learn more. The application closes on November 4. http://hubs.ly/y06n4H0

 The Fall 2014 Marlow Historical Society Newsletter Posted

Have you figured out the identity of this Marlow fisherman from the summer newsletter? If not, the answer is in the fall edition, along with much more in the fall edition of the newsletter. 

The Keene Sentinel interviewed Marlow Community Alliance board members recently about their ongoing efforts to bring a store and gas station back to Marlow. You can read the complete article here....

Marlow community group aims to build gas station, general store

MARLOW - If you run out of gas on Route 10 in this small town, you’d better hope you find a friendly neighbor’s door to knock on.

And don’t worry, you wouldn’t be the first one.

Since a gas station in town closed three years ago, Marlow residents and people passing through have no choice but to drive 16 miles in one direction to fill up. Likewise, the closest store to get a last-minute gallon of milk is about 15 minutes away.

But members of a new community group hope to change that within the next two years....read more

April 2, 2014

Status Update from the Marlow Community Alliance

The Marlow Community Alliance Board of Directors is currently researching several potential properties in downtown Marlow. We are also actively fundraising, both with grant opportunities and with local events. Our original timeline predicted that in the first year the Board would be developed, corporate and non-profit status would be completed and planning grants would be written - and hopefully funded. We are still within our first year activities and feeling positive that, thus far, our timeline continues to be accurate.

Please check the events tab of our Facebook page for upcoming fundraisers - our Fundraising Committee has many exciting events planned in the coming year, both to raise money for this project and to also bring the community together to support our mission:

To provide goods, services and the opportunity for our community to expand by supporting educational, economic, workforce, and community development in Marlow and surrounding towns, while maintaining the rural and historical character of our region, and:

To retain and promote citizenship and encourage investment in our shared communities.

Please stop by the library to purchase a ‘got gas?’ long sleeve t-shirt for just $20 to help with start-up costs (insurance, filing fees, etc). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at marlowalliance@gmail.com. We look forward to working with all of you for the success of our community!

Thank you!
Marlow Community Alliance Board of Directors

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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.