Wentworth House Event This Weekend!

The summer season at Rollinsford’s historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House kicks off with Down to the Sea: The Maritime Heritage of the Piscataqua, a living history timeline of American maritime history, on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2.

Re-enactors and historians representing maritime life from the 17th through 20th centuries will demonstrate naval rope work and knot tying, naval signaling, maritime food ways, cannon firing, and musket and rifle demos. A full scale replica 18th century whale boat as used by civilians and the military will be on display, along with weapons, uniforms, and other artifacts of naval military history.

Hours for the event on Saturday are from 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday hours are 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is $5 for adults; free for children and ARCH members. The Wentworth House is regularly open for tours between 1 and 4 pm on Sundays from June through mid-October.

The circa 1701 Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford, NH and is maintained by the nonprofit Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH).  For more information about this and other events at the Wentworth House, consult the ARCH website at www.paulwentworthhouse.org or Facebook at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House.

Meetings Next Week

The Recreation Committee will be meeting on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 10:15am at the Black Bean Cafe. 

The Conservation Commission will be meeting Tuesday, December 18th at 6:30pm at the Rollinsford Public Library. 

The Historical Committee will be meeting Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:00PM at the Town Hall. 

The Budget Committee will be meeting Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 at 6:30PM at the Town Hall. They will hear presentations from the following departments: 

  • Highway
  • Town
  • Town Clerk
  • Water and sewer

Veterans Day Event at the Wentworth House

Serving Their Country at the Wentworth House

In honor of American veterans, past and present, the Colonel Paul Wentworth House will host Serving Their Country, a day-long living history tribute to American soldiers on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11.

Visit the historic Wentworth House in Rollinsford for a day of displays and living-history demonstrations illustrating the lives and stories of America’s citizen-soldiers from the colonial period through modern times.  Historical reenactors with carefully researched and period-accurate uniforms and equipment will portray soldiers from the colonial and Revolutionary eras, the Civil War, the world wars, and the Vietnam War.

In addition, to mark the centennial of the end of World War I, the presenters will march to the Martel-Roberge American Legion Hall on Foundry Street for an 11 am ceremony commemorating the exact hour and day of the armistice which ended that conflict in 1918.

The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm at the Wentworth House on Water Street in Rollinsford. Admission is $5 for the general public; free for veterans and active duty personnel, children, and ARCH members.

The circa 1701 Wentworth House is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) as an educational and cultural center for the community.  For more information about this and other events at the Wentworth House, consult the ARCH website at paulwentworthhouse.org.

Call for Volunteers

The Town of Rollinsford has several important boards, commissions and committees peopled by interested and engaged volunteers who wish to serve the community.   If you are interested in volunteering, or would like to learn more about one of the groups listed below, please send an email or call the Select Board’s Administrative Assistant, Caroline Kendall via email, or at 603-742-2510.

Open positions:

Planning Board Alternate

Energy Committee

Historical Committee

Recreation Committee

 

Roberts to Receive ARCH Heritage Award

Rollinsford resident Stephen H. Roberts has been chosen by the Association of Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) as the 2018 recipient of the ARCH Heritage Award, which is presented annually to a person who has made significant contributions to the preservation of the history, heritage and culture of Rollinsford and the lower Salmon Falls region. The award will be presented at the organization’s annual dinner and auction gala on Saturday, November 17 at Spring Hill in South Berwick, ME.

Preserving local history is deeply personal for Roberts, as his family history is inextricably entwined with the area’s history. A direct descendant of Thomas Roberts, one of the founding settlers of Dover in 1623, he is also related to many other colonial settlers of the area, including the Wentworth and the Rollins families. “From the very beginning, Steve has been a steadfast supporter of ARCH and the Colonel Paul Wentworth House,” said ARCH board member Lucy Putnam. “In addition to providing generous financial support, he has loaned documents, photographs and other items from his family collection to our exhibits, has donated objects to our permanent collection, and has even served as auctioneer at our annual auction and dinner event.”

Roberts is a partner in the law firm of Hoefle Phoenix Gormley and Roberts in Portsmouth, and is a retired district court judge.  In addition to his efforts on behalf of ARCH and the Wentworth House, Roberts also currently serves as president of the Board of Trustees of the Portsmouth Athenaeum,which maintains a library of over 40,000 volumes and an archive of manuscripts, photographs, objects, and ephemera relating to local history.

Tickets for the annual dinner and auction are $40 per person and may be purchased online at www.paulwentworthhouse.org or mailed to ARCH, PO Box 16, Rollinsford, NH

Historical Committee: Notecards are Now Available

Hello from the Historical Committee!

Our notecard fundraiser is now under way! Starting Tuesday, October 16, notecards will be available for purchase at the Town Hall during office hours. Each set is $10 and contains all 8 designs. 100% of the profits will go back into the Historical Committee’s fund to be used for restoration and preservation projects.

Thank you! 
The Rollinsford Historical Committee

Feel free to email us if you have any questions: historicalcommittee@rollinsford.nh.us
Follow us on Facebook for news and stories! @rollistory

Each set of notecards includes all 8 designs

 

 

Colonial Market Fair and Militia Muster at the Wentworth House

Travel back in time to the American Revolution at the historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford, NH.  On Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, the sights and sounds of the Revolutionary era will come to life at a colonial market fair with 18th century craftspeople and artisans at work, while the militia gathers to train in preparation for joining General Washington’s forces against the British.

At this two-day living history encampment, artisans in period attire will demonstrate crafts such as joinery, coopering, printing, shoe making, and gun smithing. At the same time, the militia will perform musket firings and military drills, display and explain their equipment, and raise a Liberty Pole and flag.The event will also feature hearth cooking demonstrations, a display of antique tools, house tours, children’s games, and more. The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, and from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for the general public; free for children and ARCH members.

The circa 1701 Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford, and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) as an educational and cultural center. For more information, visit the ARCH website at www.paulwentworthhouse.org or on Facebook at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House.

Historical Committee Announces Photo Selections

Hello again from the Rollinsford Historical Committee!

First of all, we just want to say WOW. A grand total of 142 photos were submitted for our upcoming notecard project!

Thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to share your favorite photos with us. We were blown away by all of you and we enjoyed every single submission. Selecting the final collection was not easy.

That said, we feel like this collection is absolutely stunning. Congratulations to the photographers who made the final 8!

• Jack Brownley
• Brian Cummings
• Dennis Drake
• Tamara Niedzolkowski
• Caitlin Rollo
• Andrew Schilling-Payne
• Pam Sorbello
• Shawn St.Hilaire

Each photographer will receive a complimentary sample of their design. All of our other participants will receive a Kevin the Crane card as a personal thank you from the Committee. We never expected such a generous response and we hope we can do it all again next year!

The notecards will be available for purchase soon. Stay tuned! Please like our Facebook page for updates on the notecards (tag your photographer!) and to see some of the amazing photos that we were not able to print – many photos were beautiful but not high enough resolution to print. We’ll be sharing them in the following weeks.

– The Historical Committee

Facebook: @rollistory
Web page: https://rollinsford.nh.us/history/

Message from the Rollinsford Historical Committee: Call for Photos!

Hello from the Rollinsford Historical Committee!

Do you have a beautiful photo of Rollinsford that you are willing to share with the town? We’re looking for photo submissions to be used on notecards for an upcoming fundraiser!

If you would like to enter a photo, please email it to us at: historicalcommittee@rollinsford.nh.us – Photos should be as high resolution as possible in order to be considered for print. The only rule is that the photo be of Rollinsford! We would love to see every season. Landscape, architecture or animal, we’re excited to see what you submit!

SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE IN ONE WEEK! SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

Each photographer will be credited on the back of the card and will receive a complimentary sample of their design. 100% of the profits will go back into the Historical Committee’s fund to be used for restoration and preservation projects.

The Rollinsford Historical Committee holds history hikes and other educational events that are entirely volunteer and free to the public. As we are relatively new, we’re currently working to find ways to raise funding without accessing town funds. Your participation in this fundraiser would be a huge help!