Accessing the Plaistow Historical Society

Would you like to visit us at the museum, everyone is welcome.  It may not be easy to stop in on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. when we have scheduled our work session.  All you need to do is let us know when you can make it. Call 603 382-1675 and leave a message on our answering machine, we will get back to you.  An e-mail to  is another way to contact us. Hopefully, you want to become part of our organization. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Toddlers Trick or Treat Oct. 31

The museum will be open at 10 A.M. to welcome Plaistow’s toddlers.

Pictures of toddlers taken last year will be available , there is no charge.

Update to previous articles on Plaistow Schools

On our Facebook page,, a series on the old school houses in town made us aware of some information which is in error on this website. The schools were mis-identified as District 1 through 4 and the locations also. The correct information:

In 1896, the first Pollard School was built, thanks to generous donations of the land and money from Arthur Pollard. Children from the four district schoolhouses (pictures of which we posted earlier) began to attend the new graded classes in this two story building. At some point, the #3 schoolhouse by the Town Hall was torn down. The #2 schoolhouse at Kelly Road ceased to be a school once all the northern kids went to Pollard in the early 1900s and that building was moved to 127 Main St. becoming the new firehouse in 1920 (now the PHS). The #4 schoolhouse by Brandy Brow remained standing until it too was torn down by the 1920s. The #1 schoolhouse at Westville remained a school longer into the 1910s and was demolished in the 1920s.

Old Home Day 2013

The museum will be open and you are welcome to come by for a visit.


2021 Membership

PHS Membership Application  Interested in joining us in preserving the history of Plaistow? Please click on the “Membership” tab above and it will bring you to a page from which you can print a Membership Application. Dues are only $10 for individual members and $16 for families. Are you a student? Then your dues are a miniscule $5! Life Time Membership $300 We’d love to have you and you will be doing a great service to your hometown in the preservation of its history (way back to 1749!).

New Facebook Page

The PHS now has its own Facebook Page. Please “like” us there. We will post interesting pictures and information there. The page is public – check us out!

Plaistow Historical Society Upcoming Special Presentations

Steve Blunt as John Hutchinson

In this presentation, founding member John Hutchinson (portrayed by Steve Blunt) tells about the Hutchinson Family Singers and shares several of their highly popular songs: “The Old Granite State,” “Get Off the Track!” “Lincoln & Liberty,” and “Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground.”

Songs of Old New Hampshire

Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Location: Plaistow Public Library  85 Main St.

Drawing heavily on the repertoire of traditional singer Lena Bourne Fish (1873-1945) of Jaffrey and Temple, New Hampshire, Jeff Warner offers the songs and stories that, in the words of Carl Sandburg, tell us “where we came from and what brought us along.” These ballads, love songs and comic pieces reveal the experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies, sound recordings, and for some, books. Songs from the lumber camps, the decks of sailing ships, the textile mills and the war between the sexes offer views of pre-industrial New England and a chance to hear living artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.


WANTED: Plaistow Police Department History

Lucia Theberge, Communications Supervisor of the Plaistow Police Department, working in partnership with the Historical Society, has added a new section “Plaistow PD History” to the PPD website. Our goal is to gather information, photographs and objects such as badges, patches and uniforms for display at the museum and on the PPD website.

Contact Information:

Lucia at