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!

Join us during our 2019 year long celebration of

Newmarket’s Immigrant Families & Their Stories

With special programs, stories, letters, photographs, news articles, and textiles dedicated to refugees, and immigrant families from Ireland, French Canada, Poland, Laos, Italy, Russia, and Germany … those who came and changed the fabric of the town.

We welcome all our members and visitors to share in their family stories of  journey and struggle.     


Check our events page for a schedule of programs….

Our first business meeting  for 2019  is

Monday March 25th  7:00 p.m.  at the Stone School Museum

It will be followed by our presentation on: Newmarket’s Irish Story


The Stone School Museum is now closed for the season.

Our summer open hours are:

June, July and August — Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..

We will also be open on Sunday, June 2nd at 10 a.m. to coincide with the Raid Rockingham 2019 Bike Ride.


Coming Next on March 25, 2019 :


The history of Newmarket’s Irish Immigration —

Family stories of hardship, survival, contribution and accomplishment

(photo: old tintype of Matt Kennedy  & his Irish kin)

 The following figures are from the US Census Bureau Report - Issued in June 2004:

 Irish in America: “Irish” are defined as people who marked their ethnic origin as “Irish” on the Census survey in 1990 and/or 2000. 

Massachusetts was first in the country, followed next by New Hampshire, and third by Rhode Island — states with early Irish textile workers.

* Highest number as percentage of region population not total population. 

State/Region (2000 population)% of Region’s PopulationEthnic Group Population
Massachusetts (6,349,097)22.51,428,547
New Hampshire (1,235,786)19.4239,742
Rhode Island (1,048,319)18.4192,8


According to WMUR in 2013: the  highest percentage by town of Irish heritage in the State. 

Alton,  NH was #1,   Newmarket came in as #43.

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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 603-659-3289 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.