The Plainfield Historical Society archives contain documents from the earliest years of Town’s history to the present. The samples below represent the types of documents available for review. Click on the document image to see a larger, pdf version.


Maxfield Parrish used local residents as models for his paintings and other art work. Kathleen Philbrick (Read) posed for “Moonlight” in 1934. The letter to her references the publication of that painting in a calendar. It also suggests posing for a future painting, an event which never took place.


“The diary kept by East Plainfield’s Jason Johnston between 1864 and 1910 reveals a man who used considerable ingenuity and determination to make ends meet. Johnston owned a 120 acre farm…supplemented his farm produce by selling firewood, doing plastering and carpentry, plus a little masonry on the side.”1

Event Programs

This graduation program from the Meriden Grammar School in 1932 lists the nine graduates and the ceremony’s participants. It is typical of the many programs from school, church, and social events which are part of the Historical Society’s collection.


Winston Churchill lived in Cornish and Plainfield from 1899 to his death in 1947. He was a well known author and was active in local and state government.1 Characters in his book, “Coniston“, are said to be based on people in Croydon, NH. The illustrator of this book, Florence Scovel Shinn, also lived in Plainfield.

1. “Choice White Pines and Good Land,” A History of Plainfield and Meriden, New Hampshire/written by the townspeople; edited by Philip Zea and Nancy Norwalk, Peter E. Randall Publisher, 1991.