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



 Meca and I hope to see you here.

Opening Day 2014

Norman & Meca Atkinson

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 here........


Moultonborough Historical Society

Is Now On

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Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history.

Everyone has history to share: whether its sitting in yellowed albums in the attic, collected in piles of crackly tapes, conserved in the 1000s of archives all over the world or passed down in memories and old stories.

Each of these pieces of history finds a home on Historypin, where everyone has the chance to see it, add to it, learn from it, debate it and use it to build up a more complete understanding of the world.


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Memorial Day - 2014

 Thank you to all the service men and women out there past, present and future.

We had a flag raising ceremony on Memorial Day morning at 9:30am at the Lamprey House Museum. The flag was flown over the Capital Building in Washington, DC. New Flag at Moultonborough Historical Society
Moultonborough Historical Society Thank you Josh and Diane Bartlett for contacting Senator Ayotte’s office to obtain the flag. Thank You to everyone.

Here is the short video of the flag raising ceremony.

Memorial Day Parade - June 26, 2014

 Here is the video of the Moultonborough Memorial Day Parade. The skies cleared just in time to make it a perfect day here in Moultonborough.

Here are a few highlights from the Moultonborough Memorial Day Parade.

      Here comes the parade. Moultonborough Memorial Day Parade
Moultonborough Memorial Day Parade Honoring our Veterans from Moultonborough.
Brownie Troop #10093 from Moultonborough. I wonder how many future veterans are in our local Scout Troops? Moultonborough Memorial Day Parade
Moultonborough Memorial Day Parade The Moultonborough Academy Marching Band. Lead by Donna Conway.
Many of our local Veterans. Thank You for your service. Moultonborough Memorial Day Parade - Veterans
Moultonborough Memorial Day Parade The Lively girls.
Guest Speaker - Retired Brigadier General Ed Harrington. Moultonborough Memorial Day Parade  - General Ed Harrington
Moultonborough Memorial Day Parade - Donna Conway Honoring Donna Conway for her many years of service bring music to  the students of our community.  Enjoy your retirement.


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.



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.


Public Library Website

Library Corner - July 2014

By Jane Rice

White Mountain History

To continue last month’s topic about the art of the White Mountains, there is of course also a great deal of history pertaining to the White Mountains. Shelves full of books have been written about Mount Washington and about the cog railway, the grand hotels, the Old Man of the Mountains, the Flume, the Observatory, he notches, the hiking trails, and much more than can be discussed in one “Library Corner.” Let’s start by looking at some of the earlier books to be written.

Among the first classics to be published was Lucy Crawford’s “History of the White Mountains,” originally printed in 1845. Lucy was married to Ethan Allen Crawford, who with his father was one of the first innkeepers in the white mountains, and who cut the trail known as the Crawford Path to the summit of Mount Washington, the oldest continually maintained recreational hiking trail in America.
One of the guests at the Crawford’s inn was Nathaniel Hawthorne, who in 1850 published a short story entitled “The Great Stone Face,” which helped to make the Old Man of the Mountains a world-famous landmark


Another visitor to Crawford’s hotel was Rev. Thomas Starr King, the only White Mountain author who has one of the White Mountains named after him. In 1859 he published  “The White Hills; their Legends, Landscapes, & Poetry.” He became a Unitarian minister in San Francisco and was influential in keeping California from becoming a separate country during the Civil War. He also has a mountain in Yosemite named for him.

Another history, “In the Heart of the White Mountains,” was written by Samuel Adams Drake in 1882. Drake was a journalist who also served in the Civil War, rising to the rank of brigadier general in the Kansas militia.

More recently, Sandwich resident and author Cornelius Weygandt wrote “The White Hills;”

John T.B. Mudge has written “The White Mountains: Names, Places, and Legends” and “The Old Man’s Reader: History and Legends of Franconia Notch.” Mike Dickerman has written “The White Mountain Reader;” Nicholas Howe, who once spoke at an author luncheon in Moultonborough, is the author of “Not Without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire.”

“This Grand and Magnificent Place: The Wilderness Heritage of the White Mountains,” by Christopher Johnson, tells the story from the time of the Abenaki to the National Forest of today.


Mystery Dinner

 Saturday, July 26, 2014


Magic Foods Catering—Route 25 in Moultonborough


Our Mid-Summer fund raising event was 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.”


Everyone had a wonderful time with Get-A-Clue Productions while taking part in their radio show production of "Radio Silence - Death on the Air". Thank You everyone for all of the hard work.

Here are a few pictures from the Radio Show - Murder Mystery.

The audience is ready. Let the dinner and Murder Mystery begin.
A shot rang out and now we have a dead body.
Sam Perry and Gracie before the show. Sam Perry
People from the audience had a great time being part of the radio show.
Do you think that the Cook did it?
Or was it Mr. Pickles?

(Private Eye Ju Lee and Mr. Pickles.)
Could there be a second Murder?


Support the Moultonborough Historical Society

and have some fun.

Get-a-Clue Productions Business Card

Lasagna Cook Off - Great Job Everyone

Lasagna Cook-off 2014 Moultonborough Historical Society


What is more fun then sitting down to a great plate of lasagna, whether it is homemade or a piece from your favorite restaurant?   Lasagna Cook Off MHS


We would like to thank everyone who helped to make our first Lasagna Cook-off a huge success. From everyone who entered a lasagna to local businesses who donated items and people who donated their time. Thank you all.


We would like to thank Amanda Verbanic from the Center Harbor Diner who worked wonders in the kitchen to keep everything running smooth. Lasagna Cook Off - Center Harbor Diner
Lasagna Cook Off - Jim Barms Entertainment was provided by Jim Barns

We will be adding more pictures to our website featuring the Lasagna Cook-Off. So drop by here often to check it out.




A great way to learn our history.

Thank you Joan for a wonderful evening at the Moultonborough Public Library.

      We all learn what Paul Revere and the war was like through the eyes of someone close to to all of the action. Mrs. Revere. You will also enjoy a surprise ending that will have you looking to the internet to learn more.

A NH Humanities Council Program 

co-sponsored by the  Moultonborough Public Library



"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

MHS Kids Corner with Meca

New Video - Moultonborough Woman's Club

No Bake Cookies by Robert Huston age 11 - 1972

Moultonborough Historical Society - Meca Atkinson

In this episode of Kids Corner Meca makes Oatmeal No Bake cookies from a 1972 cookbook printed by the Moultonborough Woman's Club. The recipe is from Robert Huston who was 11 years at the time. Meca also give a short history of the Moultonborough Woman's Club.
Thank you to the Moultonborough Woman's Club for helping to write the script and for some of the photographs.
Thank you also to Robert Huston for both the recipe and a special guest appearance.
Filmed, Directed, and edited by Meca and Norman Atkinson.

Moultonborough Historical Society
April 25th, 2014





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!

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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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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.

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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

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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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