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

You can also keep up to date by following the Town of Marlow, NH official Facebook page.

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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Announcements and Events 

The Marlow Historical Society Museum in Murray Hall will be open Sunday, July 21 from 10am-12pm.
It's a great place to visit after eating a delicious Third Sunday Breakfast at Odd Fellows Hall!

The Marlow Historical Society Museum Open for the Season

From May to October the museum will open on the third Sunday of the month, from 10am to noon

144 Forest Rd, Marlow, NH 03456 - Directions

Marlow Historical Society Spring/Summer 2024 Newsletter Posted

It is remarkable that houses that were built back in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries have managed to stay trim and tidy, and solid on their foundations. They have witnessed history, and we owe a debt of gratitude to the families who have maintained them through the decades with devotion and respect. Read about a few of Marlow's historic homes, efforts to maintain them through time, Marjorie Whalen Smith's descriptive articles in The Keene Sentinel about old houses, and more. Click here to read the full newsletter. 

Please note that The Gathering Place will not take place during the winter months.
Please stay tuned for when we open up again!

The Marlow United Methodist Church holds in-person services
and streams services on Facebook
Sunday mornings at 9:00am

Click here to go to  the church Facebook page to join in. 

Men's Breakfast at the Chapel
Last Sunday of the Month - 8:00-9:00am

118 NH-123, Marlow

Please join us Sunday at 8:00 AM at the Chapel for men’s breakfast. This is open to ALL males in Marlow. Please bring something to share for breakfast. We will have a short devotional to reflect on what God wants for men. Then we will just laugh, talk and eat good food. We will wrap up around 9:00. Please come and invite any males to come (any age).

2nd Printing Now Available!

Civil War Journal of Corp. Ezra G. Huntley, Co. A, 18th Regt. N.H.V., Marlow, NH

From the Marlow Historical Society: We are thrilled and proud to inform all our members and friends that our latest publication, the transcription of Corporal Ezra George Huntley’s Civil War Journal, is now available for purchase. A collaborative undertaking, it is the culmination of many months of meticulous, painstaking work, and it is one of the Marlow Historical Society’s most significant and scholarly achievements. The journal was transcribed by Maria M. Baril, Chuck Mosher, and Stephanie Tickner. The foreword was written by historian Tracy Messer. Stephanie Tickner designed and edited the book.

Ezra George Huntley, a 39 year old Marlow family man who served in the 18th Regiment N.H.V., kept a faithful diary from September 2, 1864 to June 17, 1865. The 226 pages, originally written in often hard-to-decipher cursive, describe historical events and his own personal journey. It is so compelling that you just can’t put the book down.

This project is in keeping with the Marlow Historical Society’s mission to preserve and illuminate Marlow history, and its historic value is incalculable. 

The books are available for purchase for $15 for local pickup, or $23 with shipping and handling. Sales support our ongoing efforts and our mission. You may request a book  by emailing mhsnewhampshire@gmail.com or order online by choosing a purchase option below.

You can read our article about the journal in the Fall 2022 MHS newsletter.

Marlow By Heart books are still available for purchase to support the Marlow Historical Society

Read the article below that was posted in The Keene Sentinel in 2016 about how the book came to life through the work of historical society members and the writing of Marlow residents from past to present. 

The books are $15.00. Contact the Marlow Historical Society at PO Box 12, Marlow, NH 03456, Maria Baril at 603-446-2292 or mhsnewhampshire@gmail.com to purchase one. The books are also available at the Marlow Library.

Marlow's book of poems an ode to its history 

Posted: November 20, 2016 in The Keene Sentinel
by Steve Gilbert

Sifting through the town’s rich historical archives, members of the Marlow Historical Society occasionally come across homegrown poems, hymns and lyrics. They are snapshots of history, scattered in the troves, spread through time. Thus, Maria Baril, president of the historical society, woke with clarity and an idea at 3 a.m. one day in late September: Why not arrange the town’s history in a book of poems, as composed by Marlow’s own residents, past and present? Read more...