Plainfield to Hartland Ferries
Plainfield Historical Society
Sunday, November 13th at 2pm
Mothers’ and Daughters’ Clubhouse
Members of the Hartland Historical Society will be joining us to celebrate the major bequests that Marian Kenyon made to both of our historical societies in 2020. Marian grew up in Hartland. She married Earle Kenyon, who grew up in Plainfield, and they moved back to town in the late 1960s and lived in the house just north of our clubhouse.
Please join us at 2pm as we welcome the Hartland folks and have refreshments.
Our program will be about the two ferries that ran between Plainfield and Hartland during the 19th century. People crossed back and forth all the time for social events, business and work. The last ferry was washed away in 1905, ending the close connection between the two communities.
October Program at St. Gaudens
Join the Plainfield Historical Society for their October program at the Saint Gaudens National Historical Park. We will start at the Visitor’s Center and walk to learn about the Civil War Monuments by August Saint Gaudens that honor some of the heroes of that war. The background of subjects will be discussed as well as the sculpture itself and Saint Gaudens’ process in creating it. Refreshments will follow on the porch of Aspet, Saint Gaudens’ home with an optional house walk-through. Bob Widger, currently a Volunteer Interpreter at the Park will provide the tour.
Admission to the park is $10. If you have an
America the Beautiful Park Pass, it admits four adults at no charge. If you would like a ride or would like to carpool with someone with a Park Pass, please let Jane know. email@example.com
New Hampshire War Monuments
Plainfield Historical Society Meeting
Sunday September 25 th at 3PM
PHS Clubhouse, 1063 Route 12A
Plainfield Historical Society is meeting on Sunday Sept. 25th at 3pm at the Plainfield Historical Society Clubhouse on Route 12a. Kathleen Bailey, author of NH War Monuments: The Stories Behind the Stones, will talk about her book and the interesting history of some of the monuments. Kathleen has included a section about Derrick Oxford, the slave from Plainfield who served in the Revolutionary War and is buried in the Coreyville cemetery, and also Harry Thrasher who died in WWI. She will discuss the monuments at Saint Gaudens and the Farragut monument in Cornish. Kathleen Bailey is a journalist and novelist with 40 years’ experience in the nonfiction, newspaper and inspirational fields. Born in 1951, she was a child in the 50s, a teen in the 60s, a young adult in the 70s and a young mom in the 80s. It’s been a turbulent, colorful time to grow up, and she’s enjoyed every minute of it and written about most of it. While she’s always dreamed of publishing fiction and has three novels in print, her two Arcadia projects, “Past and Present Exeter” and “War Monuments,” made her fall in love with nonfiction and telling real people’s stories. Kathleen Bailey lives in Raymond, New Hampshire.
Preserving Old Barns
Barns can tell us a great deal about the history of agriculture in New Hampshire. John C. Porter, author of Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource, will introduce the Barn Tour at 10:00am in the Plainfield Town Hall on June 18.
At a recent presentation in Plainfield, John demonstrated how these majestic barn structures represent Yankee ingenuity, hard work, and skilled craftsmanship, as well as providing a link to our past that adds to the state’s scenic beauty.
John was raised on a dairy farm in Lebanon. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. degree in animal science, and then went on to get a master’s degree from Cornell University in Animal Nutrition and Farm Management.