Welcome to the

Moultonborough Historical Society

953 Whittier Hwy.
Moultonborough, NH 03254



Organized 1959
501(c) 3. Nonprofit Corp

September 26, 1994

Mission Statement 

The Mission of the Moultonborough Historical Society is to preserve the history and character of the Town of Moultonborough, to share our buildings, collections, and resources with the community though research, exhibitions, and educational programs, and to inspire our members and  future generations to appreciate our rich heritage.

Welcome to the

Moultonborough Historical Society's

2014 Season

During the next couple of months we will be getting our website ready for the 2014 season. This page will be replaced with a new page. But don't worry, we will be keepping most of this 2013 homepage so that you can see what happened here last year.

Here is the link to the 2013 MHS Homepage


Moultonborough Historical Society



JUNE 1st, 2014

We will be reopening the Lamprey House Museum on Sunday, June 1st, 2014 - Meca and I hope to see you then.

Please check out out website here form time to time and see what is going on. Just because the museum is close we still have plenty to do to keep thing going. Join us on Facebook as we will continue to add new photographs and articles thought out the winter.

Meca, Norm, and the Moultonborough Historical Society would like to Thank everyone for a great 2013 Season. We started many new projects and met many new friends.

We are looking forward to a new and even better season for 2014.

Hope to see you there........


Last Day 2013 - Meca and Dad 

Norman & Meca Atkinson

Here is a panorama of the welcome/office area of the Lamprey House Museum taken on our last day open. October 13,2013

Moultonborough Historical Society

2014 Events


Sampling an award winning lasagna, solving a mystery and trying your luck at gaming tables are the 2014 fund raising events of the Moultonborough Historical Society. The Moultonborough Historical Society has been from the beginning a community minded organization committed to bringing local residents together for fun and for monthly programs showcasing the history of our town and surrounding area. 


The Historical Society is proud of what it has accomplished over the last 50+ years to help preserve the heritage and buildings of our town.  So as we look to 2014 we are focused on continuing our efforts to raise the funds necessary to keep our good works going forward and at the same time plan fun activities for all to enjoy.


Lasagna Cook Off


To kick off fund raising for 2014 is a Lasagna Cook Off
 planned for, Flag Day, June 14th
, at the Moultonborough Lions Club.
Lagzana Cook off

  What is more fun that sitting down to a great plate of lasagna, whether it is homemade or a piece from your favorite restaurant? Do you boast that you make the best lasagna? Well this is your chance to make your recipe and enter the Cook Off.  A panel of three judges will select our winners.  Cash Prizes will be awarded to amateur entries and recognition of their superior cuisine will be given to professional chefs and restaurant winners.  Tickets for the event will be $15.00 to include lasagna, sides, salad, bread and homemade strawberry shortcake, coffee and tea.  The event will be BYOB.  There will be music and door prizes - 4 tickets to the New Hampshire Speedway event on July 13, 2014, the

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race/The Camping World 301.  In addition a 50/50 raffle and silent auction items will make this a fun evening for the family. 



Order your tickets here using our online payment system using PayPal.


Join Us For The Fun Tickets are $15.00 per person

If you need more than six tickets please use our "ad to cart" button a second time.

Number of Tickets

For details about entering your famous lasagna please click on the forms below or call Mary at 603-707-0206.

Rules for the Competition Click Here
Home Cooking Entry Form Click Here
Restaurant Entry Form Click Here
Restaurant / Chef Entry Form Click Here

Get your Tickets TODAY...... Have your Lasagna ready for June 14th and don't forget to bring your TASTE BUDS.


Mystery Dinner

 Saturday, July 26, 2014


Our Mid-Summer fund raising event is a Mystery Dinner on Saturday, July 26, 2014 featuring a return of the actors of Get-a-Clue Productions in Radio Silence…Death on the Air.”  Tickets will include the play, dinner, cash bar, a great door prize and 50/50 raffle.

  Get-A-Clue Mystery



Monte Carlo Night 2014

Our fall event, Monte Carlo Night, is planned for October 4, 2014.


  Mark your calendar for this Fabulous Fall event – Monte Carlo Night includes a buffet dinner provided by Magic Foods, great raffle prizes and casino games.  Tickets for all these events are available through the Moultonborough Historical Society website MoultonboroughHistory.org or by contacting Mary at 603-707-0206.


"All Aboard the Titanic"


by Ted Zalewski

at the

Moultonborough Public Library



titanic - Moultonborough Historical Society
"All Aboard the Titanic" responds to people's enduring fascination with this historic, and very human, event. Including and moving beyond the physical facts of the story, Ted Zalewski explores the personal experiences of selected passengers and crew, including those with New Hampshire affiliations, emphasizing examples... of individual courage and triumph.

Thank You Mr. Zalewski for a wonderful evening....
Ted Zalewski Mr. Zalewski showing a picture of a perfume pouch found on the Titanic. He shared a sample of one of the perfumes with the audiance.
The "Unsinkable Molly Brown"
Mr. Zalewski is in a replica of a life vest that would of been on the Titanic.
The unsinkable Molly Brown
Mr. Masabumi Hosono, 42, a civil servant from Tokyo, was the only Japanese passenger on the Titanic.
Meca Atkinson is holding pieces of coal from the Titanic. Meca Atkinson with Titanic Coal
Snacks after the Titanic Program. Cathy Garry and Fran Vincent serving snacks that were to be served on the Titanic the night she sank. Waldorf Pudding and Tea Biscuits.

A NH Humanities Council Program

co-sponsored by the Moultonborough Public Library

Public Library Website

Library Corner - April 2014

By Jane Rice

Winnipesaukee Islands

An eagerly anticipated local event for the month of April is usually ice-out on the “big lake,” although we have occasionally had a record early ice-out in March, and as I write we are hoping not to have a record late ice-out in May. As our thoughts turn to boating and swimming on the lakes, the history of the many islands in Lake Winnipesaukee comes to mind. Winnipesaukee is famous for the large number of islands it contains, once thought to be 365, one for each day of the year, but now more accurately counted at 274. Only about 130 are over a quarter of an acre and thus inhabitable. There is a rich and interesting history pertaining to each and every island, from those that were farmed during the 19th century, to the boarding house era, to early private camps and boys and girls camps and the widespread growth of lakeside homes. Even the names are a part of history, with Bear Island named after bears that were hunted by early surveyors; Horse Island for the place where the horse got ashore after a horseboat sank; Cow Island for the pioneering Guernsey cattle that were raised there beginning in 1830, and even Governor’s, which was apparently named after one of the early colonial governors, though there is no evidence which one.

In the 1800s, many of the islands were used for agriculture. The famous “King Philip”  corn was grown on Moultonborough’s own Long Island, and on Cow Island there was a wind-powered gristmill. Cattle were also pastured on Mark Island, and probably on Stonedam, as there is evidence of a bridge across “Sally’s Gut” from many years ago. Next came the beginnings of the summer resort era, when islands including Bear and Long featured hotels. Recreationally-minded groups such as the YMCA or the AMC purchased islands for camping, with the “Y” owning Sandy and also operating two camps on Bear, while the AMC owns all 43 acres of Three Mile. Tiny Harvard Island is named after the Harvard boys who camped there at the time of the first intercollegiate sporting event in America, the Harvard-Yale boat race of 1852.   

In the library, we have “Bear Island Reflections,” a history of Bear Island, “A History of Three Mile Island,” published by the Appalachian Mountain Club which owns the island and has operated a summer camp there since 1900; “The Sands of Time,” a history of the first century of the Boston YMCA camp on Sandy Island, which began in 1898; “The Story of Welch Island,” by Mary Donsker, and “Jolly Island, 100 Years 1893-1993.” In the “vertical file,” we have a collection of articles on history of Lake Winnipesaukee islands, including "The Story of Ragged Island", by Frank L. Greene of MHS, plus "Pine Island in the Early Days" and  "Little Bear Camp on Little Bear Island", from the Weirs Times of May 12, 1994, as well as other clippings.


New Volunteer at the Lamprey House Museum 

Hello there! If you’re reading this, let me introduce myself. My name is James (Jayme) Horne and I’m a volunteer at the Moultonborough Historical Society. Jayme Horne

                I’m currently a senior at Moultonborough Academy. If you’re wondering why a senior would spend his time at the Historical Society, let me tell you. I find history interesting. There’s so much to learn, even about our little town. But, that’s not the only reason why I’m helping out. I plan going to school and studying art history, and hopefully landing a job as a curator in an art museum or gallery. I decided that Moultonborough’s very own Historical Society would be a great place to dip my toes into the water and see if the museum work style was meant for me.

  While I’m here, I plan on learning more about Moultonborough’s history and more about the museum workforce. I am so lucky to have been able to have this opportunity to volunteer at the Moultonborough Historical Society.

New Video Display Tells History of the Goodwin Safe.

Meca and I have put together a new video display here at the Museum.

In the video Meca tells us some of the history of the safe that was donated to the Moultonborough Historical Society by Joanne and Paul Cummings. 

The safe was donated in September and is now located in the old kitchen area oh the Lamprey House Museum.

 Meca also shows you how to open an old safe.

 We are looking forward to adding more interactive content to the museum in the coming years.

Meca Atkinson Kids Corner Safe DVD Player


A Hugh Success - A Lot of Fun

Thank You to everyone who helped to make the night so much fun. Here are a couple of pictures from the night.



P. O. Box 433 - Rollinsford, NH 03869

We had a packed house.
Sam and Barbra Perry Wedding Ann. Sam and Barbra Perry.
Tracey and Mary getting ready for the raffles.
Get a Clue Productions I believe that all of our prayers for a fun evening came to pass.
Plenty of Action.....
And Yes..... There was a MURDER.
I think that everyone had a FUN evening.....
Time for a little scripture....
and a little flirting....
A little action at all of the tables.
Welcome to
Magic Food Catering We would like to thank all of the people from "Magic Food Catering" for doing such a great job.
Mary Lamprey Bare and her crew made the rooms look wonderful.

Doing Some Research on Local History?

Check out our new RESEARCH PAGE with many searchable documents. It is a work in progress so check back often.


The Town Register Cover



Ralph E Goodwin Safe Sept 3 2013

The Moultonborough Historical Society received a very special gift this week. A safe that was used in the Old Country Store, then known as  "Ralph E. Goodwin General Merchandise". The Goodwin 's owned the store in the years between about 1930 and 1953. The safe was purchased in June of 1915 and sent here to Moultonboro.

We would like to thank Joanne and Paul Cummings for this wonderful donation.

Letter from "The Victor Safe & Lock Co." to R. E. Goodwin, dated June 12, 1915.The letter contains information on how to open the safe. (Click on the picture to see a larger copy)

We would also like to thank Richard and George Plaisted as well as Norman Atkinson for all of the hard work moving the safe to the Museum from the old Marion Goodwin home.

Moultonborough Historical Society Safe

Become a Member of our Society

It's a great time to join if you are not a member. Just follow this link for our
 "Become a Member" page. It's quick and easy, and now you can do it online using PayPal.
Become a member today.

Additional Options

You can now become a member of the Moultonborough Historical Society online using PayPal. Just use the handy Memberships button to the right.
If you are already a member you can renew your membership here as well.


MHS Kids Corner with Meca
Meca Atkinson - Kids Corner

Meca wanted to do something to help get kids interested in local history so we decided to do short videos showing stuff of interest to kids. This is her first video on how to use an old typewriter. 
Please let Meca and Dad know what you think and if you have any ideas on future shows.

~~Meca & Dad~~

Meca has a new video out. Number 6

October 1, 2013 - "Interview with Norman R. Atkinson"

In this episode of Kids Corner, Meca does her first interview. She interviews the Director of the Lamprey House Museum and her Dad - Norman Atkinson.

We will be adding more videos over the rest of the year. Just follow the link below to check out the new videos as they are added.

MHS Kids Corner


Long Lost Historic Paper Found

Private Clinton Shaw's Discharge Paper From June 21st, 1865

We just found private Clinton Shaw's discharge papers from the Civil War on June 21st, 1965. Click on the picture below to see a larger copy of the document. You can learn more about Private Shaw by following this link. Private Clinton Shaw Page

Private Clinton A Shaw's Discharge paper from June 21st, 1865

New Webpage

The History of Moultonborough 1600 - 1930

"The 1985-1986 school year found the Moultonborough Central School's Sixth Grade involved in compiling a historical time-line of Moultonborough."

"A period of five months was required to compile information for the time-line. The tedious task of researching material, which parents, friends, and Mr. Lange graciously loaned, challenged the students immensely. The organization, writing, rewriting, and editing proved a worthwhile learning experience."

"The students hope that this historical document will provide enjoyment for those who would like to learn more about their community."

You can view or download and save the complete file here.

The History of Moultonborough 1600 - 1930.pdf

"My Memories Of Growing Up In Moultonborough" 

We had a wonderful evening at the old Moultonborough Town House sharing memories about growing up in Moultonborough.

Moultonborough Historical Society Panelists June 10 2013

The panel included Mary Lamprey Bare, Mr. Mathew Blood, Mr. Richard Young, Mr. Richard Wakefield, and Mr. Nat King.

Mary Lamprey Bare

Mary Lamprey Bare showing some pictures from our past.

We would like to thank our panelists and those who helped make the evening possible.


"Growing Up In Moultonborough" Youtube Video.


Oral Histories and Audio Files New
Listen to files from our Audio Archives as well as interviews and Oral Histories.

Moultonborough / Center Harbor

Community Calendar  

There's always something to do in the Lakes Region . See what's happening in our community today!

Community Calendar Page  

Groups throughout the community have joined together to provide residents and visitors with a combined calendar to view events happening in our community!

Click on the picture below to submit your local event.

Help Pave the Way!

Memorial Walkway Brick Fudraiser


Moultonborough Historical Society Brick


Join us in raising funds to help pay for renovation and improvements at our museum complex while creating a lasting memory at the same time!  Buy a brick to commemorate an event, honor a family member, advertise your business, or memorialize a loved one.  Join in our community effort to continue to preserve the history of Moultonborough. The bricks will be incorporated into the landscaping and walkways around the Lamprey House Museum and by participating in our project you will help us acknowledge members and friends of our unique and special community.


Proposed Plan for the Garden and Walkway.

MHS Walkway


We will be building an online ordering website during the next week or so. But for now you can download a copy of the order form.

The bricks will be placed in the walkways around the MHS Complex and in our soon to be built Memorial Garden.

Bricks are $75.00 each

You can also order a walkway brick for yourself to keep for just $30.00 more.



You can now Order, Design, and pay for your Memorial Bricks online right here on our website.



Download the PDF order form Here: Order Form

Online Ordering Page - Click Here


Moultonborough Historical Society

PO Box 659

  Moultonborough, NH  003254


If you need further information, please call Norman Atkinson at 603-998-3455, or Webmadster@MoultonboroughHistory.org


Thank you for your support!

Want To Learn More About The Moultonborough Grange?

If you would like to learn more about the Moultonborough Grange Hall or take the online tour, please follow the link below. You will be glad you did.

Moultonborough Grange Virtual Tour


We need your continued financial support!

We Now Use
Operating expenses for our organization remain constant throughout the year and your contribution whether large or small is very important to the long-term fulfillment of our mission.
Please make a contribution today to help us continue to maintain our buildings and provide the community with interesting programs about the history of our area.
Click on the DONATE button today!



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Just follow the link below to check out our Facebook Page.

Moultonborough Historical Society FACEBOOK

Moultonborough Cemetery Records

New webpage added to our website. Click Here

We have just started to add these cemetery records to our website. We do offer a more complete record in the form of two books.
"The Cemetery Records of Moultonborough New Hampshire"
"The Cemetery Records of Moultonborough New Hampshire - First Supplement 1988-2003"
Both books are available for sale here on our website and at the Moultonborough Historical Society Museum.

The files below are
Downloadable PDF Files.

Moultonborough Graves of Special Interest

Moultonborough Cemeteries      as of 12/2003

Holland Hill Cemetery

Middle Neck Cemetery


The Claude Rains Grave Site in Moultonborough


 Of the Lamprey House, Middle Neck School House, and Old Moultonborough Town House

The software used is from Microsoft and is called Photosynth. You might need to download a small Microsoft program called Silverlight to view the picture in 3D.

Click on the picture and move your mouse to move around the room.


The HAMKE ROOM at the Lamprey House Museum




The Emerson Barn - Sept. 3. 2011

You can see even more Panoramas by clicking on our

Local Panoramas (Microsoft Photosynth)  Page.

The Moultonborough Historical Society
We are now on

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 and if you like what you see
give us a LIKE.

Just click on the like to the right
to visit us on Facebook and help
us spread the word.

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Search Our Website

Use this Google Search Page to look through our website.

Use it to search all of our web pages to find articles and information about Moultonborough history.

MHS Search Page

Online Store
Now Open

Click Here
to check it out.

I am proud to announce that our online store is now up and running. 

We hope to add more items as our website grows.

We use PayPal for our shopping cart system for a easy and secure shopping experience. Additional Options


Moultonborough Public Library


The  Moultonborough Historical Society would like to thank the Moultonborough Public Library for co-sponsoring several of this year's programs. We also are grateful for the use of the meeting room for our spring & fall meetings!

Check out their website by clicking on the link below.


Public Library Website


The mission of the Moultonborough Historical Society is to:


• preserve the history and character of the Town of Moultonborough,

• share our buildings, collections and resources with the community through research, exhibitions and educational programs, and

• inspire our members and future generations to appreciate our rich heritage.
Betsy Ross

The Moultonborough Historical Society’s ongoing project is the Museum. This is the result of meticulous, concentrated attention to detail from a dedicated group of historic-minded individuals along with generous monetary contributions from our year-round residents and very generous property owners from around the country.



Old Moultonboro


Moultonborough was granted in 1763 and was incorporated on November 24, 1777. The town is nestled among the hills on the north side of Lake Winnipesaukee in Carroll County. Surrounded by the Ossipee Mountains and Red Hill, the area offers year-round scenic beauty. The town was one of the earliest resort towns in NH. Today our economy is driven by the same factors the early settlers depended on - the woods and the lake.

In the early 1800’s, while the town was still growing, Moultonborough had one meetinghouse, nine school-houses, two taverns, one store, five sawmills, five grain mills, one cloth mill, one bark mill, one carding machine and one tannery. Moultonborough Falls (on Route 25) was also a center of trade and could boast three stores, two hotels, a tannery, a currier’s shop, a blacksmith, a gristmill, sawmill, carding and fulling mill, sleigh and carriage maker, saddle and harness maker, a printing office and shoe shop.

Our town has certainly changed and grown. We are proud of our heritage and hope you will visit our Museum and learn more about our history.


Come to a Meeting

Meetings are free and open to the public and generally held on the second Monday of each month. Programs feature topics of interest about Moultonborough and the Lakes Region. Please look for notices of meetings in the Meredith News.

Become a Member of our Society

It's a great time to join if you are not a member. Just follow this link for our
 "Become a Member" page. It's quick and easy, and now you can do it online using PayPal.
Become a member today.

Additional Options

You can now become a member of the Moultonborough Historical Society online using PayPal. Just use the handy Memberships button to the right.
If you are already a member you can renew your membership here as well.

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Operating expenses for our organization remain constant throughout the year and your contribution whether large or small is very important to the long-term fulfillment of our mission.
Please make a contribution today to help us continue to maintain our buildings and provide the community with interesting programs about the history of our area.
Click on the DONATE button today!

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