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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Snowshoe Rangers at the Wentworth House

Step back in time at Rollinsford’s historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Saturday and Sunday, January 13 and 14, and meet Captain John Harmon’s Snowshoe Company of Rangers, a group of historical reenactors who portray the soldiers who patrolled the New England frontier during the 1740s and 1750s.

Snowshoe companies were formed to patrol the colonial frontier during the long winters and protect the northern settlements from attack by the French and their Native American allies.  Members of Harmon’s Company will be in residence at the Wentworth House and will demonstrate the use of flintlock muskets and traditional snowshoes, plus the clothing, equipment and tactics used by the frontier militia.

Visitors may also take a tour of the house; observe gunsmith Steve Woodman and horner Chuck Walker as they practice their trades; warm up by the hearth and watch food being prepared in 18th century fashion; and learn about other aspects of winter life in colonial New England.

The public is invited to visit the Wentworth House on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and again on Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm.   Admission is $5 for adults; the event is 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).  For more information about this and other events at the Wentworth House, consult the ARCH website at paulwentworthhouse.org or Facebook at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House.

Colonial Militia Muster and Market Fair 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 14 and 15 from 10 am to 4 pm, 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, and gun smithing, along with hearth cooking and other aspects of everyday life in the 18th century. At the same time, the militia men will perform musket firings and military drills, display and explain their equipment, and raise a Liberty Pole and flag as they muster to join General Washington’s army for the next campaign.

Commemorating 240 years since the Battles of Saratoga, a turning point in the war in the fall of 1777, the event will highlight the local history of those who signed on with the three New Hampshire Continental Army regiments which were in the thick of the fight and the thousands who served in the militia to support them. 

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. Admission to the event is $5 for the general public; free for children and ARCH members. For more information, visit the ARCH website at www.paulwentworthhouse.org or on Facebook at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House.

Fashionable Folks at the Wentworth House

From the corsets and crinolines of the Victorian age to the streamlined styles of the Roaring Twenties, women’s fashions were dramatically transformed. “Fashionable Folks: What New Englanders Wore,” a new exhibit at Rollinsford’s historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House, tracks the many changes in taking place in women’s clothing over the course of a century.

Featuring over 40 garments dating from the 1830s through the 1920s, the exhibit is open for visitors from 1 to 4 pm on Sundays until mid-October. Guided tours of the house are also available. Admission is by donation ($5 is suggested), and is free for ARCH members and children under 16.

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.

Gatsby Garden Party at the Wentworth House

Nearly a century ago in the 1920s, the historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford, NH hosted formal garden parties, concerts and teas, along with exhibits of colonial-era artifacts. The Roaring Twenties will return to the Wentworth House on Sunday, July 16 with a 1920s Gatsby Garden Party from 1 to 4 pm.

The public is invited to enjoy an afternoon of croquet on the lawn, other vintage indoor and outdoor pastimes, music, and exhibits of local artifacts from the 1920s. Guests may also tour the house and view “Fashionable Folks: What New Englanders Wore,” an exhibit of clothing from the 1830s to the 1920s. Light refreshments will be served but guests are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden. Jazz Age attire is encouraged but not required.

This event is hosted by the nonprofit Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH). Admission to the Gatsby Garden Party is $5 for the general public; ARCH members and children under 16 are free. For reservations or more information, call (603) 742-4747 or send an email to paulwentworthhouse@gmail.com.

Maintained by ARCH as an educational and cultural center for the community, the circa 1701 Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford 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.