Plainfield's Barns

On September 19, 2021, this NH Humanities To Go Program, and will kick off our year of documenting the history of Plainfield’s barns.  The program will be held in the Plainfield Town Hall beginning at 2:00pm.

Speaker: Thomas Hubka, the author of the iconic award winning book Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn:  The Connected Farms Buildings of New England will explain why New England farmers adopted this connected farmstead organization.

Mr. Hubka is Professor Emeritus from the Department of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Tour of the Gilkey-Shipman-Morse House

The historical society will be having a house tour of the Gilkey-Shipman-Morse house on Stage Road, owned by Betsy and Richard Morse on Sunday June 6th. This event is for PHS members only. If you are a member, you should have received a mailing about the tour. If you are currently not a member, join by sending $15 to PO Box 107, Plainfield, NH 03781. If you're interested in the tour, please note that, and we will add you to the list.

We will meet at the PHS clubhouse at 2pm on June 6th, have a short meeting, and then drive to the Morse house. The house is interesting on many levels. Built as a Cape c. 1790 by the Gilkey family, their son James was a "mechanical carver" who created elaborate woodworking details for many Plainfield houses, including his own. In 1903, the house was bought by Ellen and Louis Shipman, members of the Cornish Colony, who put on extensive additions, including one accessed by a secret door. Ellen Shipman was a nationally known landscape gardener and created extensive gardens there, which the Morses have been restoring.
It is a fascinating house with lots of history. We hope you can join us on the 6th.


Votes for Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement in NH.

Liz Tentarelli is a teacher who has been President of the League of Women Voters for 11 years, with a special interest in the women’s suffrage movement. She will talk about the leaders of that movement in NH. The Cornish Suffrage League, founded in 1911, included many local Plainfield and Cornish women (and men) who held meetings all over the area to lobby for women’s suffrage. This is a NH Humanities to Go Program, jointly sponsored with the Cornish Historical Society.