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

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.

Cribbage Tournament at Wentworth House

The historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford will host its 8th annual cribbage tournament on Saturday, March 4. The public is invited to take a break from cabin fever with stimulating conversation and a classic card game.

All skill ranges are welcome, from beginner to seasoned expert. Guests are invited to come as a team or as individuals. Solo players will be paired up with a partner on the afternoon of the tournament. Registration is at 1:00 pm and play begins at 1:30 pm. The entry fee is $30 per team or $20 per person, and a cash prize of $50 will be awarded to the tournament champion. Players are also asked to bring some food to share and the beverage of your choice. Paper goods and utensils will be provided.

The cribbage tournament is a great opportunity to show support for the Colonel Paul Wentworth House, meet new people and have a fun time. Seating is limited so reserve your spot by sending an email to paulwentworthhouse@gmail.com and providing your name and the number in your party. Or register by calling Mike at 603-817-4545 or John at 207-475-6150.

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.

 

Wentworth House Event: Winter Life in Colonial New England

Experience a colonial living history weekend with Captain John Harmon’s Snowshoe Company of Rangers at the historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford, NH on Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15.

Reenactors portraying the winter rangers who patrolled the New England frontier during the 1740s and 1750s will demonstrate the use of flintlock muskets and traditional snowshoes, plus the clothing, equipment and tactics used by the frontier militia during conflicts with the French and their Native American allies in the mid-1700’s.

The public is invited to meet the snowshoe men on Saturday, January 14 from 10 am to 4 pm, and again on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.  Interpreters in colonial attire will be on hand to demonstrate 18th century hearth cooking, crafts, board games and other recreational activities, and other aspects of winter life in colonial New England. Tours of the house will also be offered. A donation of $5 is suggested 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 or on Facebook at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House.

Captain John Harmon’s Snowshoe Company of Rangers, French and Indian War era, at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford, NH, January 17, 2015.
Photograph by Ralph Morang

Salmon Falls River Paddle

Take a unique guided tour of Rollinsford, Berwick and Somersworth by canoe or kayak on Sunday, August 7 from 1 to 3 pm. The Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) and the Southeast Land Trust (SELT) are co-sponsoring this opportunity to learn about the historic points of interest and conservation land along the Salmon Falls River between Front Street in Rollinsford and New Dam Road in Berwick while enjoying the lovely scenery along the way.

Participants must provide their own watercraft and flotation device; a limited number of boats are available for loan but must be arranged for in advance. The registration fee is $5 for the general public; free to ARCH or SELT members. To register or request more information, email paulwentworthhouse@gmail.com or call 603-742-4747 and leave a message.