Preserving and celebrating the past and present culture of Epping, NH

Save the Date

April 9th, 2014 | Posted by EHS Gnome in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Big Trees of New Hampshire

Thursday April 17 at 7pm

Kevin Martin of Epping will present his new book about short hikes to the biggest trees including the horse chestnut in Portsmouth planted to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and a black walnut at the Abbott Spaulding house in Nashua.

There are also some old homesteads where the trees present a living history that may be the only sign of what happened there in  the past.  Kevin will let us know their history and point out the location of these impressive parts of our landscape, several in Epping.

This event will take place at the Epping Historical Society on Thursday April 17 at 7pm.  This program is free and open to the public.  Please mark your calendars and help us spread the word.

Members are asked to arrive at 6:30 for a brief business meeting.

Folsom Dam Trail Open

June 14th, 2013 | Posted by EHS Gnome in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The Epping Historical Society is happy to announce the opening of a historic trail at Folsom Dam. Over two years in the making, the trail, located inside Mary Blair Park in West Epping, features interpretive signs that describe the 260 year history of the dams and mills that played an important role in the lives of early Epping residents.

The trail travels for nearly 1,000 feet along the banks of the Lamprey River and offers views of both the location of the former dams and of the ruins of the mills that the river’s water powered. The ruins include a sluiceway, building foundations, collapsed chimney remains, and abandoned bridge abutments. The trail does not yet reach the ruins on the North side of the river.

The walking trail requires sturdy footwear and is not suitable for sandals and flip-flops.

The Epping Historical Society would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their assistance with this project: Kent Finemore and his colleagues at the NH DES Dam Bureau for their help and expertise; Paula Donovan Olsen and her partners at Bailey Donovan Design for the sign design; Sharon Meeker and the Lamprey River Advisory Council for expertise and financial support; David Lindahl of Morton Trails, LLC for top-notch trail system design and layout; in-service day employees of Timberland Corp.; and the Board of the Epping Historical Society for content and illustration research. 

This project was a huge team effort by many people and the Society offers its sincerest thanks to all involved.

Weird Epping Fact

March 5th, 2013 | Posted by EHS Gnome in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Epping was named after a town called Epping in Essex, England. “Epinga,” likely the original name of this place, was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1088. King Henry III gave Epping the right to hold a weekly market in 1253. So that Epping has been around a while.

Now, the weird fact. In Old English, Epping was spelled:



Buy a Brick!

January 30th, 2013 | Posted by EHS Gnome in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Help the Epping Historical Society fulfill its mission to tell the stories of Epping’s past.

Fifty years from now, everything we do today will be ancient history to residents of that day. By 2063, the names of many Epping families will have faded into the mists of time.

The Epping Historical Society would like to give you the opportunity to create a legacy that can endure to 2063 and beyond.

Working with W.S. Goodrich, the Board has developed a commemorative brick that can be purchased to benefit the Society’s program and building initiatives. These bricks can be engraved with up to three lines of text that you specify. Each line can contain up to 14 characters for a total of 42 characters. You can buy a brick with your family’s names, or dedicate the brick to someone or someplace special to you. You could write a poem or a special thought.

There are many ways to use your commemorative brick: give it as a gift, display it in your home or office, or use use it as one of your patio bricks. Or, you could give it to the Historical Society to install in the brick walkway that will lead patrons to the new building entrance on the Plumer Park side of the structure.

Stop by the Society today to pick up an order form, or click here. You may purchase as many bricks as you desire at a cost of $50.00 per brick. In addition to your brick, you will receive a letter from the Society acknowledging your gift and specifying what portion of the gift is tax deductible