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!
The Great Bay estuary’s unique ecosystem supports a rich diversity of habitat, including eelgrass meadows, salt marshes, oyster beds, mudflats and rocky intertidal zones. These places provide food and shelter for many fish species – striped bass, Atlantic salmon, and Atlantic herring are just a few – as well as birds, including a variety of raptors, wading birds, and shorebirds.
The estuary also offers tremendous recreational opportunities. Whether sailing, kayaking, fishing for stripers, or hiking through the Great Bay National Estuarine Reserve, locals and tourists alike are drawn to this unique and special place.
(courtesy photo of Timberland volunteers, Sept 2017 who paddled out from Newmarket for a “Great Bay Cleanup Day”)
But today, the Great Bay estuary is nearing a tipping point. Nitrogen pollution from sewage treatment plants is degrading water quality and habitat. Eelgrass, the cornerstone of the bay’s ecosystem, is disappearing. Oyster populations, which are important to the bay’s health as well as recreational harvesting, have dipped to unsustainable levels. And sprawl is leading to more and more pavement and, with it, more and more water pollution.
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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 email@example.com. Your inquiry will be returned as soon as possible.
$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.
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.