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

Annual Odd Fellows Chili Contest
Saturday, January 21, 6pm
Odd Fellows Hall

January doldrums got you thinking of something hot? If so, join us Saturday, 21 January, 6:00 p.m. for the annual Odd Fellows chili contest! We have some of the most famous chili chefs in the world competing for “the apron”. Tickets are $5 at the door. You get to eat, and vote on, your favorite chili!

The Perkins Academy Sledding Party has been rescheduled for January 27th due to weather...the lack of snow!
Hope you are all able to adjust your schedules to still make it!

Special Event
Pop Up Museum - Celebrating Oddness!
Sunday, February 5, 2:00 - 3:00 pm 
Odd Fellows Hall, Marlow

What’s a Pop Up Museum? It’s a show-and-tell event for adults and the theme is Celebrating Oddness. Find an object, a photograph, or write a poem that describes something odd that you’ve discovered in your travels or an odd event that has happened in your life. Perhaps there’s something odd about yourself that you admire. Feature your item at the Odd Fellows Hall in Marlow on Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 2-3pm as part of a free and unique Pop Up Museum event. It’s a special one-hour exhibit created by YOU. Display your item. Share your odd story. Look at other people’s items. Listen to their odd stories. Have fun. It’s that easy! Participants will bring their item home at the end of the event. Pop Up Museum-Celebrating Oddness! is co-hosted by the Marlow Historical Society and the Historical Society of Cheshire County; both work to communicate local history by exhibiting historic objects, photographs, and documents. For more information contact Jennifer Carroll at 603-352-1895 or dired@hsccnh.org.  

Marlow By Heart: Poetry of a Small New Hampshire Town

Just in time for the holiday season, the Historical Society has compiled a book of Marlow poetry through the decades - from the 18th century to the present - matched with historical images and beautiful pictures by local photographers. The front cover is a watercolor by Marlow artist Stephanie Tickner, titled "Ashuelot River from the Bridge to Cheshire Earth." The books are $15.00. Contact the Marlow Historical Society at PO Box 12, Marlow, NH 03456, Maria Baril at 603-446-2292 or maria@barils.com, or stop by the Marlow Library to purchase one. Click here to read more...

The Winter Marlow Historical Society Newsletter Posted

This issue of the Marlow Historical Society Newsletter includes stories about Roddy Andrews, Marlow's police chief from the 1930s - 1960s, the Sand Pond Gun Shop, Marlow's Dillant connection, updates on the Murray Hall restoration project, and other interesting facts.


Marlow Historical Society Greeting Cards Available

These sketches were created by Randy Plotts and come in sets of 10 cards with envelopes for $5 per set.
Available by calling Maria Baril at 446-2292. 

Marlow Historical Society Long-Sleeve Tees and Caps
with the Distinctive Giffin Elm

Available by calling 446-2292. 

They are also for sale at Aaron’s Specialty604 NH Route 10, Marlow

Caps -$15.00
Tees - $20.00

Many people who have purchased the Marlow Historical Society’s tee shirts and caps, have inquired about the significance of the elm tree logo.

The ancient Giffin Elm was a notable Marlow landmark on Baine Road. Our Marlow History makes several references to it. On Page 168 for example: “House by old elm built by Patrick Giffin”.

During the American Revolution the famous elm tree that stood near Boston Common became a rallying point and symbol of resistance. Many towns designated their own Liberty Trees as well.

Thomas Paine wrote a poem about the Goddess of Liberty coming down in a chariot of light, and it reads:      
A fair budding branch from the gardens above,
Where millions with millions agree,
She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love,
And the plant she named Liberty Tree.
So now that you know what the logo stands for, wear your tees and caps with pride!!


Change of School Board Meeting Day

School board meetings have changed to the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. Meetings are still held in the multi-purpose room of the John D. Perkins, Sr. Academy of Marlow. 

For more information about meetings or the school, visit the SAU 29 website here or the school website here


Please see the information below that was received from the state regarding the current drought conditions. 

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The trustees of the Marlow Children’s Enrichment Trust are able to offer funds to help bring an activity or a program to Marlow children this year.
Who can apply for funds? Teachers of the Marlow School District, and individuals and groups associated with Marlow whose purpose for these funds is for enriching Marlow children. Click here to see a larger version of the letter from the trust, and click here to learn more about MCET's activities and fundraisers. 

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Marlow Children’s Enrichment Trust
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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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Renovation of Murray Hall - Marlow Historical Society 2016 Fundraiser 

The Marlow Historical Society has owned Murray Hall, on Forest Road in Marlow NH, since 2002. Through the decades the building has been a Methodist Church, a Universalist Church, the Excelsior Grange, and finally a workshop and a storage facility for PC Connection. In 2002, Gallup & Hall conveyed the land and building to the Society, which immediately set upon its restoration. Click here to read about restoration progress and how you can help.

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.

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