Marlow History in the News

A moment in local history: Marlow’s ink and extract manufacturers

by Alan F. Rumrill

  • February 22, 2020

One of the most unusual and least remembered industries in the town of Marlow was the ink and extract factory operated by the Farley family. Bethuel Farley, born in Marlow in 1794, and his son Lucius and grandson Frank ran the business for more than 50 years. Read more...

Farley’s Ink factory operated in Marlow for at least 60 years, producing inks and extracts. 
Courtesy of the Historical Society of Cheshire County.

 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'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...

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 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 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 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 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.” more...


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 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 more...

Charles Strickland, one of the last NH fire watchmen