September Program: Tuft's Estate

The Tuft’s Estate: The life and work of Warren Manning

Martha H. Lyon, a landscape architect, is studying the life and work of Warren Manning, who was a landscape architect who practiced in the early 20th century, nationwide.  

Mr. Manning had a long relationship with the Tuft’s family [Leonard and James], and was involved in the design of the Tuft’s Estate on Dane Rd in Center Harbor, NH and the Pinehurst property and golf course in North Carolina.

Presenter: Martha Lyon

Thursday, September 25th 7:00 – 8:30pm

Complementary coffee and snacks after the program

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Phone: 603-968-3902

Mail: Roland Garland, 820 Winona Rd, Center Harbor, NH 03226

August Program: One Room Schoolhouses

It’s hard to imagine a school being just one single room when you look at today’s complex school layouts.  No bells ringing to alert students to move to the next subject, no cafeteria, no gymnasium.  Everything done together in one space.  How many students do you think would be happy with that?  Find out more about what a school day was like in our past by attending our August program.

Presenter: Steve Taylor

Thursday, August 28th 7:00 – 8:30pm

July's Program: The New Hampshire Moose

One of New Hampshire's icons is the Moose.  Enormous, majestic, proud, and sometimes misunderstood-- but not anymore.  Join us on Thursday July 24th at 7:00pm as presenter Kristine Rines, from New Hampshire Fish & Game, to learn more about the New Hampshire Moose.

After the presentation there will be complimentary coffee & snacks.

Why not spend the evening with us?  We'll see you there!

Old Photographs. Can You Help?

At the Centre Harbor Historical Society we get all kinds of inquiries and questions about Centre Harbor, New Hampshire.  A recent inquiry came with some photographs attached and the message:

Message: I have a photo of six young women seated and six adults standing behind.
The back of the photo is stamped: "Photographed by E. W. Smith, Centre Harbor, N. H."

 We were stumped, so we thought we'd put out on the web....

You never know until you ask but is there anyone out there than can identify people in the pictures, or provide information on the photographer E.W. Smith?  Use the contact form below, or go to "Contact Us."

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Old Time Photographs

Memorial Day 2014

Memorial Day History


Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.

--courtesy of U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Upgraded Fire Alarms to Protect Our History

A new antenna is on the schoolhouse. This one transmits directly to the Center Harbor Fire Department.

A new antenna is on the schoolhouse. This one transmits directly to the Center Harbor Fire Department.

The town of Center Harbor is installing a smoke detector system at the Schoolhouse.

The system has a detector in every room. If smoke is detected it will send a message to the Lakes Region dispatch office. The hardware has been installed and soon be checked out by the company that makes the system, then it will be activated.

Repairs to the Schoolhouse Done Right

We, here at the Centre Harbor Historical Society, have taken a series of pictures to show you the repairs that were required for the schoolhouse this fall.

Click this image to view a pictures of the repair process

Click this image to view a pictures of the repair process

As you can see, a portion of the back wall was removed. There was an extreme amount of dry rot and some damage from carpenter ants and rodents. There was a temporary fix about 20 years ago, and the only solution was to reconstruct the rotten wall.  There were three windows covered over that were removed. Early estimates were contingent on the hidden damage not  known before the wall was removed. This amounted in a repair bill of $3,337.00.

The grant given by the Meredith Rotary was $500.00. This time we fixed it right! The repair was done with the cooperation of the town selectmen.  As you know, the town owns the schoolhouse, and the Historical Society’s responsibility is to keep it in repair.

Anything you might want contribute will help the society and it will be tax deductible.


Thank you!