Marlow Historical Society

PO Box 12  
Marlow, NH 03456

Membership Chairman: Maria Baril, 603-446-2292

Fall 2017

The Marlow Historical Society was established on May 18, 1976. Its first officers were Allan W. Plumb, Margery G. Davis, Audrey M. Benson, Marguerite A. Rhoades, and Beatrice E. Andrews.

Officers for 2017 are Maria M. Baril, President; Joanne Thomas, Vice-President; Pat Strickland, Treasurer; and Patty Little, Secretary. The three directors are: Barry Corriveau, Linda McCracken, and Joe Baril.

The mission of the Society is to illuminate and preserve Marlow history. We own two historic structures: the Hearse House on Church Street, and Murray Hall (formerly the Excelsior Grange) on Forest Road.

Our priority for the last few years has been the restoration of Murray Hall. After having its foundation stabilized, we installed new wiring, light fixtures, and ceiling fans; as well as smoke detectors, lighted exit signs and emergency lighting. The foyer, office and staircase to the balcony were refurbished. New steps and railing grace the front of the building, and there’s a handicap ramp in the back. The front and two sides of the building have been freshly painted. By the middle of 2016 the walls of the great hall had a drywall finish.

In October 2016 we embarked on an ambitious and costly project - the installation of drywall on the ceiling of the great hall.  By the third week of November the work was completed, and we are justifiably proud of what has been accomplished. We hope to set up our museum in the spring of 2017, and open it to the public in the summer.

The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter, which is distributed to members and is posted to this website. Copies are also available at the town office and library.

The Marlow NH Historical Society, Inc. is registered as a non-profit 501c3 Corporation with the State of New Hampshire, and as a Charitable Trust with the NH State Attorney General’s Office.

Announcements and Events

Fall 2018 Newsletter

This month the Society features articles on the "Founders", those pioneering men and women who banded together to begin the ongoing journey to uncover and promote Marlow's wonderful history. Contributed by a collection of writers, we hope you will enjoy this look at those whose legacy we still honor today! Click here to read more...

Marlow Historical Society to open new museum space to the public next month

June 11, 2018

MARLOW - A few years ago a person could walk through the double wooden doors of Murray Hall into a cozy foyer and then cavernous, dreary hall that had been left to the passage of time.

Today, a person can enter the same historic building and be amazed by the hall’s transformation into a museum showcasing the town’s history. Read more...

Marlow By Heart: Poetry of a Small New Hampshire Town

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 to purchase one. The books are also available at the Marlow Library. Click here to see larger images...


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 at446-2292. 

WMUR's NH Chronicle - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - The Great Marlow-Stoddard Fire  

Remembering the great Marlow-Stoddard forest fire, seventy five years after it scorched four towns over four days

You can watch the archived video here...

Posted: Monday, August 17, 2015 12:00 pm

By Meghan Foley Sentinel Staff

MARLOW - Local lore has it that sometime around the 1840s an elephant and her trainer came to town. The elephant’s name was Lady Betsey, and she came all the way from Calcutta, India. But where Lady Betsey went after her rumored visit to Marlow remains a mystery  including whether she left the town at more...

Bill Gnade / Sentinel Staff