Welcome to the New Market Historical Society

We are dedicated to increasing public understanding and enthusiasm for our local history and preservation.  Our mission is to provide a central location, where we can store, introduce, interpret, and stimulate the study of local history. Our goals are to tell Newmarket’s story, preserve its local artifacts, and sponsor historical events and educational opportunities.  Please consult our program of events for exact dates, times, and locations for our meetings and events. 

The public is always welcome to attend our educational meetings, which are free except for select special events.

Donations are always welcomed and greatly appreciated!

Our Programs this year feature  “Life By The Bay”

This Month’s program will be Monday Night, June 25th at 7 p.m. at the Stone School Museum  

ADAMS POINT — A Destination, Collection, and History 

            CURRENTLY —


             10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

            JUNE, JULY & AUGUST  

Featured are selected items to include photographs, wood carvings, and artifacts

from The Captain Edward Adams Collection 

These items were previously housed at the Sheafe Warehouse, and are now cared for by the staff at Portsmouth Public Library.  They are on loan from the City of Portsmouth Public Library “Special Collections”,  and the Adams and Hatch paintings are courtesy of the private collection of Robert S. Chase.  The loan for this collection was funded in part by Michael & Shirley Provost, Heritage Consulting.

Captain Edward H. Adams  (1860-1951)

Adams was a skilled builder and artist who completed his last gundalow, the Driftwood, in 1950 with his son and business partner Edward Cass Adams. The Captain passed away on April 9, 1951 at the age of 91. 

Between Adams’ earliest carvings and those completed by Cass after his death, more than ninety years of animal and fish carvings, ship models and other folk art are represented in this collections, each of which offer singularly unique interactions with the region’s environmental and maritime past. 

 More Detailed information  can be found on our Events Page 

Special Event — Stepping Out By The Bay  —


This year’s Historical Society Tea  will  feature a presentation on the history of shoes by UNH Proffesor Dr. Kimberly Alexander on Sunday, July 29th, 2 - 4 p.m. at the Newmarket Town Hall.    A special red carpet runway will  enable  Ladies (and Gentlemen)  to strut their stuff in their fancy footwear.

Ladies are encouraged to bring “gently-worn” dress shoes as a donation to the Newmarket Community Church Prominence Boutique  Program, and Gentlemen are encouraged to bring “gently worn” footwear as a donation to the Church’s Thrift Shop. 

Tickets are $10 for members, and $15 for non-members, and can be purchased via Pay Pal on this website, or by calling 603-659-3289. 


Coming Next on June 25, 2018 :


Monday, June 25th, 7 pm

In the early 1900s, Adams Point was THE destination  for many a “City Folk” who would arrive at Rockingham Junction and either be taken by boat (depending on the tides) or be picked by carriage (or later by motorcar)  and journey through Newmarket to the four story boarding house jutting out into Great Bay. 

Neither lack of electricity, nor inconvenience of no indoor plumbing kept the more well-to-do from sitting out on the large verdanda and inhaling the refreshing and “restorative”  sea abreezes.  Ladies would picnic and gather the wild strawberries, men would try their luck at clamming, fishing or oystering. 

Both sexes would go for excursions to the “quaint” cities of Dover or Portsmouth, or they would venture into the nearby forests. 

(photos: New Market Historical Society photos: the abandoned Adams Homestead in 1966, after vandals damaged the property; and a Great Bay bathing party in the early 1900s.)  

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Stone School Museum

The Stone School Museum, built in 1841, as a two-room schoolhouse, and now home to the New Market Historical Society, is located high upon Zion’s Hill on Granite Street.  Hours of operation are in our program of events and are on our web page and Facebook.  If you need further information, please call 603-659-7420 and leave a message or via email at newmarketnh.historicalsociety@gmail.com. Your inquiry will be returned as soon as possible.

Newmarket (Images of America) 

The Historical Society still has books at early release prices:

$17 for members, $19 for non-members

Books available and can be purchased on line with PayPal—or contact us via email at


If shipped — an additional shipping & handling fee of $4 applies.

 All proceeds from the sale of this book by the New Market Historical Society help  the preservation of our collection.

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We greatly appreciate your membership and donations, and look forward to seeing you at our meetings and events. Members receive free admission to all our meetings and non-members can attend most meetings and events for free. Please make it a point to introduce someone new to one of our events.

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Stepping Out By The Bay Shoes & Tea -- Sunday, July 29th 2-4 pm Newmarket Town Hall TICKETS $10 for members, $15 for non-members