Marlow Historical Society Minutes - May 2010
Maria Baril, Gen Ells,
Johanna Kent, and Loisanne Foster were present.
Loisanne read the Secretary’s Report which was accepted as read. We studied the Treasurer’s Report and accepted it as presented. In our combined accounts, we have $2728.07.
Loisanne shared the itinerary for the May 12 John D. Perkins School Historical Tour of Marlow and some of the booklets and materials she had prepared to leave at the school as a follow-up. Here is a synopsis of the tour:
Marlow Historical Society: Perkins School Tour, 2010
B = from the bus ; S = stop, stay on the bus; W = walk, outside
B + W - OLD SETTLERS’ CEMETERY, Sargent Road (right)
B + W - WEST YARD CEMETERY on Jay Allen Road
B + S - BAKER CORNER, Gustin Pond Road (1st settlement)
B + S - OLD EDGEWATER PARK AND PAVILION (123)
B + S - MARLOW PROFILE and roadside profile too (123)
B W - TOWN POUND (Rte 123 near Cross St.)
B + S - STEPHEN GEE GRIST MILL, Route 10
B + S - LOIS HUNTLEY LOT (one of two granted to a woman)
B +W - OLD MARLOW COMMON, Marlow Hill
Nathan Huntley, 1767; store; meeting house foundations
B + S - ABISHA TUBBS HOUSE Baine Rd.
B + S - JOHN GIFFIN HOUSE Baine Rd.
B + W - Breached dam (Phelps) Cross St./Church St. corner
B + W – Hearse House Church St. (inside tour- hearse, pumper)
B - School #4 (Town Offices) Forest Road, Route 123
PARK BUS BY THE CHAPEL
W - Jones Hall (inside tour)
W - Old Marlow Academy (reference)
W - Museum visit (upstairs in “The Chapel”)
PARK BUS ON MILL STREET
B + S - First James Burnap House
B + S - Burnap Mill and Dam
B + S - Burnap’s #2 Home (Ebenezer Farley House) - Rte 12
and location of tannery
IF THERE IS TIME:
B + S Murray Hall and/or B + W - Village Cemetery
At the Old Settlers’ Cemetery:
Marlow’s first settler, Solomon Mack
Samuel Gustin’s ride to save Marlow
At West Yard Cemetery:
First settlers at Baker’s Corner and their journey from Lyme
Hepzibah (Mack) Tubbs, Solomon Gee, Nathan Huntley
Old style headstones with “angels”; 1800’s – urns and willows
Edgewater Park and Pavilion - Hurricane of 1938, wetlands
Marlow Profile, discovered after the 1941 fire, history
The Town Pound, why and how it worked
The Old Common on Marlow Hill (Gee mills, Lois Huntley)
Early Marlow homes (not cabins!! Why?)
Store (Bailey) Nathan Huntley homes, meeting house, tavern (and Muster Field)
Seafaring trade reaches Marlow
No Indian attacks here - Why?
Daily life in the 17th century here (lack of roads, etc.)
The King’s Arrow Pines (for masts)
The role of the Huntley family
On Baine Road
Roles of Abisha Tubbs and Solomon Mack in the Revolution
Patrick Giffin to John Giffin; Giffin Elm – town seal
On Cross Street at breached Phelps Dam
Mills – Phelps’ Broom Mill dam
Marlow’s industries, 1800’s and role sheep farming
Hearse House – horse-drawn hearse and 1910 pumper
Jones Hall: meeting house from Marlow Hill, 1792, moved 1845
At the museum: Dr. Marshall Perkins Sons of the Civil War Camp flag
Granite State Evaporator, manufactured in Marlow
Spinning wheel, wool, clothing, transportation, life styles, photos, tin ceiling, history of the building, Marlow fires
Lady stagecoach driver, Alice (Allison) Britton
Mill Street: Burnap Houses, mill, dam, and tannery, Farley ink
Murray Hall: from Universalist Church to Grange to MHS
Village Cemetery: Patrick Giffin, Scots-Irish, Phineas Stone, Marshall Perkins
We noted that we need to put the MHS Telephone Tree in place for the coming Hourglass Readers’ performance of “Oedipus Rex”.
We arranged among ourselves for our participation in Memorial Day activities. Maria will pick up doughnuts at Allen Brothers Market since that variety was so popular last year. She will oversee the refreshments. The Museum Open House will be ready.
Gen Ells put forth a proposal from Kate McNally for a joint meeting sponsored by the Marlow Library and MHS for an August program. The suggestion is to invite John Perrault, lawyer, teacher, balladeer, poet, and author of several books such as The Ballad of Louis Wagner and Here Comes the Old Man Now. He is the Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, N.H. He has performed throughout New England his historical poems and ballads. He is a NHHC speaker. Gen moved that we ask Pam to contact Kate McNally to set this up. Gen will send Pam the materials
Loisanne suggested that, as our next project to promote interest and understanding of local history in the Marlow school children, we produce one or more Hands on History boxes to lend to Marlow School as requested. Each box would contain artifacts of a particular era. Each item would be numbered and would have a corresponding laminated card with pertinent information. We could solicit objects. For example, Loisanne could donate such items as a (repro) tin lantern, a glass egg, hand made nails, and an ink well for starters. The idea was tabled for further discussion.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.