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Gilmanton NH News

August 10, 2016

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Discover Gilmanton’s First Village, Saturday, August 13

The Kelley Corner School,   Gilmanton’s first one room school and the only one still in public ownership, is featured in the Gilmanton Historical Society’s field trip. Saturday. August 13, at 10 am.


The Gilmanton Historical Society will host a tour of two buildings, essential to Gilmanton’s first village, Lower Gilmanton.  The tour will begin with a visit to the Kelley Corner School, Gilmanton’s first school and the only one still owned by the school district.


Meet at the Kelley Corner School, just off Route 129 about 1/4 mile south of the junction with 107, at 10 am.   The tour will proceed from the school house to the Baptist Church on Route 107.  Along the way tour guides will point out some of the oldest homes remaining in Gilmanton.


The first settlers in Town, Benjamin and Hannah Bean Mudgett, arrived in the winter of 1761 and established a homestead on Pancake Hill Road.  Others soon followed, and a thriving village developed.  The school at Kelley Corner was authorized in 1778 by Town meeting vote.  It was the first of as many as 18 throughout the Town.  The Baptist Church was organized in 1778 and the present building was constructed in 1842.


This program is a field trip, part of  the Gilmanton Historical Society’s 2016 summer series.  Evening programs are offered on the 4th Tuesday of each month, May through September.   In August Pat Clarke, Society vice president, tells us about Gilmanton in World War II.  The final program in September brings a tribute to Sarah Josepha Hale.


The programs are free and open to the public. The hall is handicapped accessible. The Society’s Museum is open at 7 pm before the program, and Saturdays during the summer from 10 am until noon.  Donations to support the work of the Society are always welcome. 






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