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

2015 Season Webpage

During the next couple of months we will be getting our website ready for the 2015 season. This page will be replaced with a new page. But don't worry, we will be keeping most of the  2013 and 2014 homepage so that you can see what happened here last year.

Here is the link to the 2013 & 2014 MHS Homepages



MHS 2015 Calendar

May 11
7:00 pm
At the Old Moultonborough Town House.
"Old Iron Sides" 
Presented by Brad Wolfe

June 8
At the Old Moultonborough Town House.
"Geneva Point - Past, Present & Future"
Presented by Peter Clay Pool, Executive Director

July 13
At the Old Moultonborough Town House.
"What Lies Beneath Winnipesaukee"
Presented by Hans Hug, Jr.

August 10
At the Old Moultonborough Town House.
"Stone Walls"
Presented by Kevin Gardner

September ?
Lee's Mills
"Steam Boats"
Presented by David Thompson
First Monday of the meet, Pot Luck Dinner & Program at 6:00pm.
Boat rides will be available starting at 3:00pm.

October 13
7:00 pm
At the Moultonborough Public Library
"The Shaker Legacy"
Presented by Darryl Thompson
Joint meeting with the Moultonborough Public Library.

November 9
At the Moultonborough Safety Building
Annual Tribute to Our Veteran's
Pot Luck Supper at 6:00pm

December 14
At the Moultonborough Public Library
Holiday Party at the Library

Details of each Program will be posted in the Meredith News. 
Please note time and location of each event.

Moultonborough Historical Society



Opening on June 1st.

 Meca and I hope to see you here this season.

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 2014 Season. We started many new projects and met many new friends.

We are looking forward to a new and even better season for 2015.

Hope to see you here........


3D Panoramic Photography Now at

Lamprey House Museum

We have started photographing some of our more interesting items in our collections in a new 3D panoramic style of photography. We will be bring you more and more items to our 3D collection. It is good to see that even though the Museum is closed for the winter things are still going on.

Once you open the picture file you can either watch it play or click on the picture and slowly spin the picture to view the item from all around.

This first 3D image is of the horse treadmill in the Emerson Barn here at the Lamprey House Museum.


MHS - Horse Treadmill w/ Flash by Mecasdad on Photosynth

Corp. Joseph F. Wentworth - Civil War Letters

Thank you Jane Rice for transcribing these letters.

We have just updated the Corp. Joseph F. Wentworth webpage with two letters the he wrote home during the Civil War.

Find out about the Civil War Corp. from Moultonborough who was killed at Gettysburg. just click on the link below.

Corp. Joseph F. Wentworth Webpage

November Program

Honoring Our Veterans - Pot Luck Dinner

Our Honoring Our Veteran - Potluck Dinner was a huge success with lots of great food and stories from our Veterans.


we started the evening off with a quick meeting followed with great food.
We had plenty of great food.
Bruce Garry is always good for a great story about his Military career. Bruce garry
Nat King gave us another great story.

Hope to see you there next year...........

Moultonborough Historical Society


This webcam uploads a new image every 15 seconds. Hit the refresh button to view a new image. If at first there is no image just REFRESH again.

We are currently in TEST mode so if there is no image please be patient. We'll be working out the bugs. We have found that the camera freezes in the cold. anything below zero and it needs to be warmed up to work. Thank You.

The webcam is currently located in the front room of the Lamprey House Museum but we will be moving it around to view different areas and views of our Complex here at the Moultonborough Historical Society.

Please let us know about your favorite spots by emailing us at: Webmaster@MoultonboroughHistory.org.

Click on the link below to go to our Webcam Page

Lamprey House Museum Webcam

Webcam Uploaded Picture 

Webcam Provided by Meca and Norman Atkinson.


Public Library Website

Library Corner

By Jane Rice

Library Corner April, 2015

Geology of NH


Here we are in March and anxiously looking forward to our first sight of bare ground, so perhaps this is an appropriate time to consider the geology of our “Granite State.”  One of the best resources is a book that came out in 2013, which makes in brand new on a geological time scale.

“Geology of New Hampshire’s White Mountains,” written by J. Dykstra Eusden and his co-authors,  seven in all, in an oversize softcover book, with excellent illustrations of the geological phenomena of our White Mountains.

One question that we get from time to time at the library is an explanation of the “ring dike” of the Ossipees, which is described in “Geology of the Mount  Chocorua Quadrangle,” by Althea Page Smith. The ring is composed of prophyritic quartz syenite, and marks the boundary of a large underground magma chamber that collapsed in on itself as the magma was extruded to the surface. Originally about 10,000 feet high, the ancient volcano has eroded down to about 3200 feet above sea level in the past 100 million years. At one time the state of New Hampshire published geological descriptions based on the topographical quadrangle maps published by the US Geological Survey, and we have several here at the library, including the Winnipesaukee and Wolfeboro quadrangles which describe other features of local interest.


Tom Wessels is the author of “The Granite Landscape: A natural history of America’s Mountain Domes, From Acadia to Yosemite,” a book which includes descriptions of several of New Hampshire’s mountains,  including  Mount Chocorua, Welch and Dickey in Waterville Valley, and South Baldface in New Hampshire, as well as some biggies like Half Dome in Yosemite and Mount Cadillac in Acadia National Park, and explains how bald granite domes were created. New Hampshire’s Conway granite, the formation of which most of our state is composed, was formed when our piece of the continent drifted over an oceanic hotspot, similar to the way that the Hawaiian islands were created. In this case, the hotspot is known as the Great Meteor Seamount, named after the ship that discovered it south of the Azores in 1937.  The seamount rises over 12,000 feet from the ocean floor to only 270 meters below the surface, and is about 570 miles in diameter. 

“A Time Before New Hampshire,” by Michael Caduto, also begins with the formation of New Hampshire’s landscape over four billion years ago, and continues into the occupation by the paleo-Indians after the continental ice sheets began melting about 10,000 years ago, a mere moment in geological terms. Imagine living here in New Hampshire among Pleistocene megafauna such as mastodons, woolly rhinos, giant beavers, short-faced bears, woolly mammoths, giant sloths, camels, lions, stag-moose, musk ox, and more.

Closer to home, we also have “Stepping Stones Across New Hampshire: a Geological Story of the Belknap Mountains,” by Jay Long. “Roadside Geology of Vermont and New Hampshire,” by Bradford Van Diver, is a handy reference if you have occasion to be driving around the state, and can stop to read his explanations of some of the formations visible from the highway, and also those exposed during highway construction.


Moultonborough Historical Society

2015 Events


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 2015 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.

New Research File on Moultonborough History

Lands in NH

Lands In New Hampshire - 1896  New
State of New Hampshire - Township Grants of Lands in New Hampshire Included in the MASONIAN PATENT - Issued Subsequent to 1746 by the Masonian Proprietary.

New Map of Moultonborough From 1892
Added To Our Research Page

1892 Map of Moultonborough New 9/28/2014

Sandwich Fair - Through the Years

Joan Cook's book

"Sandwich Fair Through the Years"

Order it today


Sandwich Fair Through the Years


By Joan Cook


1886 - 2010


Peter E. Randall Publisher 2011


$24.00  $5.00 S&H



Sandwich Fair by Joan Cook

Visit our online Book Store to order this and other books featuring local History.



Meca and I have the Hamke Room ready for the next Program.

We are looking for local people who would like to put on a program spotlighting their talents. For right now we are working on a Mini-Program featuring Basic metal detecting and research.

Please contact us at: Webmaster@MoultonboroughHistory.org if you would like to put on a Mini-Program or know of someone who would.

Help Pave the Way!

Memorial Walkway Brick Fundraiser


Moultonborough Historical Society Brick


New Bricks have arrived - Moultonborough Historical Society


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.



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



On Monday August 11th right before our August Program we placed our first brick in one of our walkways. Overseeing the event were Kathy Garry, President of the Moultonborough Historical Society and Mary Lamprey Bare, (Past President and currant Executive Board Member.

We would also like to thank Ken Burbank of Perfection Stoneworks from here in Moultonborough for volunteering his time to place the bricks for us. We currently have 12 more bricks to place with about 8 more on order.

Please use the online shopping cart or the printable form to order your Memory Bricks today.

Mary Lamprey Bare, Kathy Garry, and Ken Burbank of Perfection Stoneworks.

 Meca Atkinson and Ken Burbank

Meca Atkinson helping Mr. Burbank preparing the hole for the first brick.

First Brick - Amy Mae Shaw Atkinson


Bricks are $75.00 each

You can also order an exact copy of your walkway brick, for yourself, 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!

Moultonborough Historical Society

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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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1949 Town House Guestbook

Moultonborough Historical Society

We have just scanned and produced a PDF file of an old guest book from October 19, 1949. The guest book came from the Old Moultonborough Town House. Download it and check out all of the old name from 1949. I found quite a few that I remember from the past.

I should have the next guest book ready next weekend.

The dates of that one is: July 5, 1963 to June 24, 1996

Click on the link below to view the file.

1949 Town House Guestbook
NEW 8/17/14
PDF file

Seneca J. Jones - Dog Sled

This dog sled, was owned by Seneca J. Jones who lived here in Moultonborough. Mr. Jones owned the Roxmont Chicken Farm on Sheridan Road. He used the Sled to work trap lines near the Farm.
It is now on permanent display here in the Emerson Barn.



Seneca J Jones Dog Sled


Thank you Dick and George Plaisted for dropping it off and bringing it in the Emerson barn.


Roxmont Chicken Farm Ad - 1955


Roxmont Chicken Farm 1955



Post Offices of Moultonborough

By Sherry Lively


Moultonborough Post Office Display


We now have a wonderful new display featuring the Moultonborough Corner Post Offices from years past. The new display case was first used outside the Post Office when it was at the Old Country Store. Then moved to what is new Zelek's. The display will be placed inside the Old Moultonborough Town House but until the end of the 2014 season we will be displaying it along with other Moultonborough Post Office related artifacts here at the Lamprey House. Drop on by and check it out.


Thank you Sherry Lively, Art Lively, Judy Ryerson, and Norman Atkinson for getting everything ready for the September meeting.



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.


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


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

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


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

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.



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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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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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