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Rochester in Strafford County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Rochester Commons Bandstand

 
 
Rochester Commons Bandstand Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2019
1. Rochester Commons Bandstand Marker
Inscription.  Concerts were held on Central Square in front of the Parson Main Monument in the early 1900's. As crowds and traffic increased there was a need for a new location for the band and people to assemble. In 1914 Miles Dustin, local-builder, designed the bandstand and built it with the help of his two sons Cecil and Clifton.

The Rochester City Band, organized by Alcide Bilodeau in 1896, played here every summer. After Bilodeau’s retirement, he was succeeded by J. Hervey Edgerly and then by Edgerly’s son Roland.

In 2000, the Rochester City Council approved funding to make repairs. The City’s Department of Public Buildings & Grounds personnel undertook the restoration during the summer of 2001. The roof was removed and saved, being the only remaining section of the original bandstand. Once the structure was rebuilt, the roof was lifted back into place.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is October 25, 2001.
 
Location. 43° 17.918′ N, 70° 58.213′ 
New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2019
2. New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places Marker
The Division of Historical Resources
Department of Cultural Resources
State of New Hampshire
Certifies the the
Rochester Commons Bandstand
in
Rochester, New Hampshire
has been listed to the
New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places
October 25, 2001
Van McLeod, Commissioner
Department of Cultural Resources
Elizabeth H. Muzzey
State Survey Coordinator
Division of Historical Resources
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this page online
W. Marker is in Rochester, New Hampshire, in Strafford County. Marker can be reached from Grant Street just south of South Main Street (New Hampshire Route 108), on the left when traveling south. Marker and bandstand are located near the northwest corner of Rochester Common. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NH 03867, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rochester Civil War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); First Church Congregational (approx. 0.3 miles away); Reverend Amos Main (approx. half a mile away); Arched Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Berwick Maine War Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away in Maine); Henry Wilson (approx. 7 miles away); The Two-Mile Streak (approx. 7½ miles away); Farmington Honor Roll (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
 
Regarding Rochester Commons Bandstand. The bandstand was built in 1914 by Miles Dustin; before then band concerts were held on the square. The flag pole was donated by J. Frank Place in 1917. He was the former publisher of the Rochester Courier. Today, the Common is used for community activities such as Memorial Day events and for concerts throughout the summer months, in addition to having a walking track. (Submitted on July 1, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
 
Also see . . .  Rochester Main Street
Rochester Commons Bandstand Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2019
3. Rochester Commons Bandstand Marker
. City website (Submitted on January 25, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Rochester Commons Bandstand image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2019
4. Rochester Commons Bandstand
(marker visible beside staircase)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4. submitted on July 1, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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