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

Memorial Day Parade Saturday, May 26
Line up at Jones Hall at 9:45am
Parade to start at 10am

  • Winchester Community Band
  • Gilsum Legion Honor Guard
  • Honorary Veterans
  • Army truck
  • Join in - vehicles, girl scouts, boy scouts, bikes, marchers.

    Line up at Jones Hall at 9:45am, parade to start at 10am. Short ceremony at Jones Hall. Coffee and donuts by Historical Society.

    Gilsum parade at 11am.

Murray Hall Winter 2018 Roof Appeal

With the support of Marlow Historical Society members and supporters, Murray Hall has undergone years of extensive restoration work. Just as we were standing back to admire it all, it was a shock to find out that half of the roof was failing and needed to be re-shingled - and that it had to be done immediately or risk damage to the interior and to our museum collection. Click here to read more and learn how you can help support this historic building and our town's priceless historical archives.

Winter2018 Marlow Historical Society Newsletter Posted

This issue of the Marlow Historical Society Newsletter includes stories about the Marlow Cornet Band, the history of the police department from 1889-2017, Horace Gee and the Charlestown Bank Caper, and respectfully remembering Windy Jim.



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. 

Marlow By Heart: Poetry of a Small New Hampshire Town

In 2016, the Marlow Historical Society published 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, and proceeds support the ongoing efforts of the Historical Society.

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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. 

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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Marlow Children’s Enrichment Trust
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