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
Odd Fellows Third Sunday Breakfast Buffet
8:00 - 11:00am
5 Church Street
Only $7 for adults and $4 for kids

Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, Pancakes, Real Home Fries, Bacon, Sausage, Baked Beans, Biscuits & Gravy, Fruit, Juice, Corned Beef Hash, Coffee (decaf & regular)

Seconds are ok!
Marlow Historical Society Program
Satruday, September 27 - 7:00 pm
Methodist Chapel in Marlow

Mill Hollow and the History of Mills in Alstead

There will be a program at the Methodist Chapel on Forest Road sponsored by the Marlow Historical Society. Margaret Perry of Alstead will be presenting her research on Mill Hollow on Rte 123, and on the history of mills in Alstead.

We invite you to come and enjoy this presentation, and to bring a dessert to share for our dessert buffet; we will provide the beverages.

This meeting is FREE and open to all!

Chase's Mill, East Alstead
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

Thank you to everyone who attended our Garden Tea Party at the Baril's on August 3, and gave donations to support our efforts efforts to bring a general store and gas station back to Marlow. It was a great success!

July 15, 2014

With heartfelt thanks from the Marlow Historical Society and the Odd Fellows

Somebody once said that feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. Keeping that in mind, the Marlow Historical Society and the Marlow Odd Fellows Forest Lodge want to express their gratitude to the over 150 individuals, businesses and organizations who played a part in the success of our July 6 Silent Auction. Click here to see the the list of supporters...

 The Summer 2014 Marlow Historical Society Newsletter Posted

Read about North Cemetery, the upcoming photo exhibit in Murray Hall in August, tidbits from Marlow's genealogy, and try to guess the identity of a Marlow fisherman.

June 12, 2014

Marlow Children's Enrichment Trust

For our children....please remember this trust when you are making donations, or if you want to honor a student, teacher, or a graduating class of Marlow school (or any student, teacher, graduating class or friend), or if want a local group to receive donations 'in lieu of flowers' after a loved one has passed. Thank you.

May 4, 2014

Marlow Art Colony Gatherings at Murray Hall
Mondays at 9:00am

With the warmer weather, the Marlow Art Colony is once again meeting at Murray Hall, Mondays at 9:00am. All are welcome to join to paint, draw, learn and connect with local artists.

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.