Guided History Hike

The Rollinsford Historical Committee

presents

A GUIDED HISTORY HIKE
OF SALMON FALLS VILLAGE

Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 pm

Come hear the story behind downtown Rollinsford, one of the best preserved mill villages in all of New England, as we take a walking tour of Historic Salmon Falls Village. You’ll never look at Rollinsford the same again! All ages are welcome.

The tour will take approximately 1 1/2 hours.
We will meet at:

The Gazebo at
Bicentennial Park

The event is free; donations are gratefully accepted!

View the event flyer »

The tour will be led by architectural historian Peter Michaud and is free and open to the public. The tour will start at the gazebo in Bicentennial Park located off of Front Street and adjacent to the Salmon Falls River. Parking in the park is limited and participants are encouraged to park on nearby Front Street. Participants should dress for the weather and wear shoes appropriate for walking. For more information, please call (603) 559-0284 or email chrsbenedetto@yahoo.com.

Better-known today for its successful artist and craftsman studios, Salmon Falls village is well-known to the local preservation community as an integral model of a Boston-owned factory town. The tour will weave through one of the most intact 19th century mill villages in New England. Participants will visit the village of the Salmon Falls Manufacturing Company and explore its mill yard, related workers housing, and its religious and commercial buildings. The tour will explore the history and development of the village, how the mills functioned, and the communities of immigrants employed by the company.

Peter Michaud is an architectural historian at the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. He is the vice president of the New England chapter of the Vernacular Architectural Forum and serves on Strawbery Banke Museum’s National Council. He serves on the board of the Players’ Ring Theatre, is a founding board member of the Piscataqua Decorative Arts Society, and is the secretary for Portsmouth Advocates.

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Employment Opportunity: ARCH Tour Guide

An exciting employment opportunity for a history enthusiast!

Share your enthusiasm for American history with the public at Rollinsford’s historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House.

The Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) seeks a dynamic, dependable and outgoing person for a seasonal part-time position as a tour guide at the circa 1701 Wentworth House. A growing local history organization, ARCH maintains the Wentworth House as an educational and cultural center, and throughout the year hosts exhibits, demonstrations, and living history events which celebrate our community’s rich heritage.

No museum experience? No problem – comprehensive training in best interpretive practices will be provided by experienced museum guides.

Be part of bringing three centuries of history to life at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House!

 

Responsibilities: Open and close house on Sundays. Ensure the safety and security of the house and its collection of artifacts.  Greet visitors, conduct tours, and interpret the history of the Wentworth House and its place in the story of our community, region, and nation. Share information about ARCH and our community with visitors.

Qualifications: This position requires a dependable, responsible person with a strong interest in early American history/local history.  Must be able to read, retain and relate factual historical information and use it to interpret the history of the Wentworth House, its inhabitants, and the surrounding community to visitors. Strong verbal communication skills and the ability to engage visitors with a variety of ages, interests, and backgrounds are a must.  Some college coursework or a college degree a plus but not required. Physical requirements:  Position entails moderate physical activity. Must be able to walk up and down stairs and on uneven surfaces.

Work schedule: Sunday afternoons, 12:30 – 4:30 pm, June through mid-October (start and end dates negotiable).

Pay range: $12-$15 per hour, depending on experience/qualifications.

No phone calls, please. Send letter of interest and resume to ARCH, PO Box 16, Rollinsford, NH 03869 or via email.

SELT Community Talk: Planned Harvest in Franklin-McElheny Preserve in Rollinsford/Dover

Change is Coming to the Franklin-McElheny Preserve

SELT, the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, will be outlining our planned harvest and larger management goals for the Franklin-McElheny Preserve in Rollinsford and Dover.  SELT is planning to cut significant areas of the forest to address the infestation of an invasive insect (hemlock wooly adelgid) and to improve the quality and diversity of wildlife habitat on the property.  These changes will result in much of the mature forest becoming a young forest and shrub habitat and will at first appear dramatic and messy.  The management is anticipated to begin in late summer 2018.

 There are two goals for the evening.  First, SELT will explain our specific harvesting plans (including the amount of land to be harvested in patch cuts and shelterwood), the benefits of the planned harvest for forest health and wildlife, including New England cottontail, and our plans for the maintaining the trail system.  Second, our goal is to listen to your concerns so we can consider them as we prepare for the implementation of the management plan.

The event will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7 pm at the Garrison Players Arts Center, 449 Roberts Road, Rollinsford

Bees & Beehives Garden Club Demo

Bees and Beehives

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7:00 pm

Rollinsford Public Library Community Room

The RGLSC/Garden Club is working with beekeeper Stephen Goodrow to install a beehive at the Community Gardens on Foundry Street.  Steve will be providing a short demonstration on bees and beekeeping and will provide a Q/A session.

Prior to the presentation (6:30-7:00), the RGLSC/Garden Club will be hosting a seed swap.   Bring your extra seeds and find some gems to take home!

The Rollinsford Garden and Local Sustainability Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that, on behalf of the Town of Rollinsford, oversees the Community Gardens and Nature Trails on Foundry Street, the Cross Street Garden Walkway and the Tree Initiative

 

 

Rollinsford Candidates Night March 6‬

ROLLINSFORD – The 8th Annual Meet-the-Candidates Night will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the Rollinsford Public Library, Lower Mill, 3 Front St.

This event is an opportunity to meet the candidates for town and school office before the election on Tuesday, March 13, and hear how they’re planning to make an impact on the community.

Candidates for town office include:

• Select Board: Denise Knowles

• Town Moderator: Charles Putnam

• Supervisor of the Checklist: Angela Matthews

• Town Clerk: Kate Nesman

• Town Treasurer: Verne Crosier

• Fire Chief: Mark Rutherford

• Budget Committee (three 3-year positions): Jodi Lavoie-Carnes, Paul Cass, Verne Crosier, Edmund Jansen, Dee Neathawk, Jonathan Ordway

• Trustee of the Trust Funds: Salme Perry

• Trustee of the Library (2): Emily Quirk, Tamara Niedzolkowski

• Trustee of the Cemetery: Marc Couture

Candidates for school office include:

• School District Moderator: Charles Putnam

• School District Treasurer: Judy Barry, Suzanne Mountain

• School District Clerk: Coire T. Jones

• School Board (2 positions): Brent G. Roets, Tom Kunz, Emily Leach

This event is an open house format. Residents are welcome to engage with candidates and ask questions that will inform their decision on voting day. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please email rollinsfordlibrary@comcast.net or call (603) 516-2665.