Marlow History in the News

Opera diva's birthplace in Marlow discovered

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 in The Keene Sentinel
By Tracy W. Messer, Marlow Historical Society

Over the years, historian David Proper wrote about the remarkable life of Calista (Huntley) Piccioli (1841-1929), the “celebrated concert artist and operatic diva” who was born in Marlow. As 2016 marks the 175th anniversary of her birth, the time had come to solve a forgotten mystery: Where, precisely, was Madame Piccioli born? Read more...


Also on August 16, 2016 The Keene Sentinel republished the following column, about Calista Piccioli that was written by David R. Proper and published in The Sentinel in 2007 as one Proper’s regular pieces about the history of the Monadnock region.

Born in Marlow, a talented prima donna's tale

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
by David R. Proper

Among the celebrities born in the Monadnock Region, Marlow’s celebrated concert artist and operatic diva, Calista (Huntley) Piccioli is recognized as one of the most talented prima donnas of the last century. Calista Maria Huntley was born in Marlow on April 11, 1841, daughter of Russell and Amy Huntley...read more... 

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 in The Keene Sentinel
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 all...read more...

Bill Gnade / Sentinel Staff

Posted: Saturday, July 25, 2015 in The Keene Sentinel
by Meghan Foley Sentinel Staff

MARLOW - It was once a grand hall owned by the local grange, whose members hosted dinners, dances and meetings there. Before that, it was a church where Methodists - then Universalists - gathered. Starting in the 1980s, it housed a storage area and workshop for a computer business that has since become a Fortune 1,000 company....read more...


Onward and upward
Bill Gnade Sentinel Staff

From left, Marlow Historical Society Director Joe Baril; Ed Thomas, volunteer and selectman; historical society Vice President Maria Baril; historical society President Joanne Thomas; and historical society Director Barry Corriveau.

Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in The Keene Sentinel
by the Marlow Historical Society 

MARLOW - At the heart of Marlow village, in front of historic Jones Hall, stands a unique hand-sculpted granite World War I monument. In her will of Feb. 14, 1927, Agnes Grant Phelps left $1,900 to the town of Marlow for the creation of a soldiers monument....read more...


Ed Thomas

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in The Keene Sentinel
by Maria Baril and Tracy Messer, Marlow Historical Society

MARLOW  The town of Marlow underwent a pronounced population shift in the 1830s and ’40s as hillside farms were sold and the young sought employment at the mills along the Ashuelot River. This prompted the Methodists to relocate their building, the First Methodist Church, which had stood on Marlow Hill since 1827, to its present site down in the village. The decision was so controversial that, in 1849, the remaining members on the hill put up one of their own - the Second Methodist Church. This was the first iteration of the building residents now call “Murray Hall.”...read more...

THE WAY WE WERE

A Fence Marks History In Marlow

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 in The Keene Sentinel
by Maria Baril and Mary Blank, Marlow Historical Society

The Tinshop Pond fence in Marlow has a long history in town. The Marlow Historical Society aims to launch a restoration project this spring.

MARLOW - Modest and content in its supporting role at the foot of the acclaimed historic buildings, Marlow’s Tinshop Pond fence is often overlooked and taken for granted. Yet it is certainly an integral component of the much-photographed Marlow landscape....read more...

Up in Smoke - On the lookout for fires

Posted: January 10, 1984 in The Boston Phoenix
by Neal Clark

In this high-tech age of computers, telecommunicators, and sophisticated monitoring devices, manned fire towers are supposedly obsolete and are going the way of most lighthouses. They're being displaced by more modern (and impersonal) detection systems. Forty years ago, New Hampshire, for example had some 30 state-maintained fire lookouts....read more...

Charles Strickland, one of the last NH fire watchmen