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

Operation Christmas Child is an outreach adopted by the
Women’s Fellowship in Marlow

Shoeboxes (that we supply) are filled with small gifts as well as a “WOW!” item, then distributed around the world to children in need.

There will be a “shoebox stuffing party” at the Chapel on Saturday, November 12 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Potluck lunch after 11:00. All are welcome. Please bring items (or order items 10/15) to include in the boxes. Cash donations gratefully accepted. Cost of shipping these boxes is $7 each (don’t let this small fee keep you from sharing in the stuffing of the boxes).

Information about this program is available at www.samaritanspurse.org

Christmas on the Pond is an annual holiday fair sponsored by the Women's Fellowship of Christian Service. The fair started in 2003 and has grown in size and reputation every year. We have over 30 quality crafters setting up and selling their wares in the historic buildings that make up the picturesque Marlow Village. We feature live holiday music and a wonderful luncheon of homemade soups and chowder, bread and our famous dessert buffet. There is also a silent auction featuring many handmade items. Come and see why so many have made this fair an annual holiday tradition.

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. 

The Fall Marlow Historical Society Newsletter Posted

This issue of the Marlow Historical Society Newsletter includes stories about John D. Perkins, Sr., for whom our school is named, Solomon Gee, one of Marlow's the first settlers, the first female County Register of Probate in the United States, Marlow's Ella Fannie Gee, and other interesting facts.

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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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