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!

Wentworth House Event 9.2.18

V for Victory: World War II Comes to the Wentworth House

Visit Rollinsford’s historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Sunday, September 2 between 11 am and 4 pm for V for Victory: Americans in World War II, a one-day living history event commemorating V-J Day. On that date in 1945, representatives of Imperial Japan signed surrender documents marking the official end of World War II. Come find out how US participation in the global conflict affected American military personnel and civilians.

On the grounds of the Wentworth House, historical reenactors in period uniforms will display the equipment, weapons, and routines of US soldiers. Inside the house, visitors will get a feel for life on the home front during the war through 1940s music and radio broadcasts, newsreel films and cartoons, artifacts such as ration cards and V-mail, and the magazines and newspapers that chronicled the war, including one from the day after Pearl Harbor.

Tours of the house will also be offered throughout the day. Admission is $5 for adults; the event is free to 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).  For more information about this and other events at the Wentworth House, consult the ARCH website at paulwentworthhouse.org.

Mill and Farm Exhibit at Wentworth House

In the 1800s, the small town of Rollinsford was comprised of two distinct communities: the industrial mill village of Salmon Falls, largely populated by recent immigrants, and the outlying farms worked by old Yankee families. Mill and Farm: The Two Faces of a New England Town, a new exhibit at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House, illustrates these two different aspects of life in the town in the 19thand early 20thcenturies.

Through the stories of individual families and through objects such as tools, account books, school records, dance cards, and photographs, the exhibit compares and contrasts the lives of Rollinsford’s farmers and mill workers. Many of the objects are on loan from private collections and have not been previously exhibited.

The exhibit is open to visitors from 1 to 4 pm on Sundays until mid-October. Admission to the house and the exhibit is $5; free for ARCH members and children under 16. Additionally, throughout the month of August, admission is free for all Rollinsford residents.

Maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH), the circa 1701 Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford, NH and hosts living history events, exhibits, and school and youth programs. For more information about this and other events at the Wentworth House, consult the ARCH website at paulwentworthhouse.org or on Facebook at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House.

History Paddle on the Salmon Falls River

Take a unique guided tour of the Salmon Falls River by canoe or kayak with the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) on Sunday, July 29 from 1 to 3:30 pm.

Participants will tour the tidal portions of the river in Rollinsford and South Berwick, and learn about sites related to Native American life, early European settlement, mills, shipbuilding, wharves, and more, while enjoying the lovely scenery along the way.

Space in this event is limited to 15, and participants will need to supply their own watercraft and personal floatation device (PFD). To register or for more information, email paulwentworthhouse@gmail.com or call Lucy at 603-767-7042. Directions to the meeting spot and additional details will be provided upon registration. A donation of $10 is suggested; ARCH members and children are free.