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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Strafford County, New Hampshire

Clickable Map of Strafford County, New Hampshire and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Strafford County, NH (40) Belknap County, NH (18) Carroll County, NH (42) Merrimack County, NH (122) Rockingham County, NH (137) York County, ME (134)  StraffordCounty(40) Strafford County (40)  BelknapCounty(18) Belknap County (18)  CarrollCounty(42) Carroll County (42)  MerrimackCounty(122) Merrimack County (122)  RockinghamCounty(137) Rockingham County (137)  YorkCountyMaine(134) York County (134)
Dover is the county seat for Strafford County
Adjacent to Strafford County, New Hampshire
      Belknap County (18)  
      Carroll County (42)  
      Merrimack County (122)  
      Rockingham County (137)  
      York County, Maine (134)  
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1New Hampshire, Strafford County, Barrington — 96 — The Two-Mile Streak
Granted in 1719 to encourage industrial development in the province and called New Portsmouth, this two-mile wide strip of land was set aside to provide homesites for imported workers at the Lamprey Ironworks. Wood from this strip was converted to . . . Map (db m152149) HM
2New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 6 — Central (Lower) Square
Central (Lower) Square, just after the turn of the 20th century, shows the bustling business activity at the intersection of Central Avenue and Washington Street. On the right is the Masonic Temple housing, among many other businesses, Frank J. . . . Map (db m152208) HM
3New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 19 — Central Square
This photo of Central Square (now called Lower Square), at the intersection of Central Avenue and Washington Street, was taken between 1895 and 1906. Dominating the right side is the Strafford Bank building, erected for $100,000 in 1895. The . . . Map (db m152211) HM
4New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — Dover NH Civil War Memorial
Front Inscription In commemoration of the men of Dover who served their country on land and sea in the war for the Union 1861-1865 Dover Rear Inscription Presented to the city of Dover by their comrade Daniel Hall 1912 Dulce et . . . Map (db m95550) WM
5New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — Dover NH Libby WWI Memorial
Erected by the City of Dover in memory of Lieut. Donald W. Libby who died in France in the service of his country October 5, 1918. Dedicated 1926Map (db m95607) WM
6New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — Dover NH Spanish American War Memorial/USS Maine Memorial
Front Inscription Sp American Memorial Seal with the following: Cuba Philippine Islands Porto Rico Spanish War Veterans 1898-1902 Right side inscription Privates, 46 names listed Rear inscription Dedicated by the city of . . . Map (db m95560) HM WM
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7New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — Dover NH WW I Dobbins Memorial
In memory of Pvt. William H. Dobbins Co.H 18th Infantry who died in France October 4, 1918Map (db m95590) WM
8New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — Dover NH WWI Memorial
1917-1919 In honor of the citizens of Dover who served their country in the World War Fifteen names have * and are separated from the rest of the listed names, these are the names of those killed due to the war There are 3 panels with 639 . . . Map (db m95562) HM WM
9New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — Dover NH WWI Parent Memorial
Erected by the City of Dover in memory of Fabien Parent who died in France in the service of his country September 28, 1918. Dedicated 1927.Map (db m95608) WM
10New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — Dover NH WWII Memorial
A tribute to the finest America has to offer the Citizen Soldier, then, now, and forever 1940-1946Map (db m95564) WM
11New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 13 — Dover’s Two Largest Retail Chain Stores
Dover’s two largest retail chain stores can be seen on opposite sides of Central Avenue: Montgomery Ward, on the left, faced J.J. Newberry's on the corner of Second Street. The “new” Morrill Block, rebuilt after a devastating fire in . . . Map (db m152218) HM
12New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 9 — Dover's Black Day
Dover's Black Day began with a record breaking rainfall March 1 & 2, 1896 which ravaged downtown Dover. The Central Avenue bridge was swept away by torrents of rushing water and ice floes; several stores and offices in the Bracewell Building . . . Map (db m152214) HM
13New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 23 — Dover's City Hall and Opera House Burned
Dover’s City Hall and Opera House burned at this location on August 3, 1933. The first two city halls, located at the corner of Washington Street and Central Avenue (where the Masonic Temple now stands) had also burned, respectively, in 1866 . . . Map (db m152210) HM
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14New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 2 — Dover's Early SettlersThe Cochecho Massacre
Dover’s early settlers lived in relative peace with the local Pennacook tribe, learning hunting, fishing, and farming skills from the natives in the early 17th century. Passaconaway, highly respected leader of the Pennacook Confederacy, forged . . . Map (db m152213) HM
15New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — Drouin WWI MemorialDover NH
Top Drouin Front George W. Born 1890 Died 1919 Enlisted April 1918, 309 HIF Co.AMap (db m95606) WM
16New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 4 — Early 19th Century Storefronts
These early 19th century storefronts have always been at the heart of Dover's downtown business district. In this ca. 1950 photo (left), is Sweetlands, John N. Vatistas proprietor, which opened in the mid-1940s. By the '70s, still in the . . . Map (db m152212) HM
17New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — Maurice J. Burke Memorial
In memory of MAURICE J. BURKE WT First Class on destroyer Maddox U.S. Navy Born August 26, 1899 Lost in Action July 11,1943Map (db m95566) WM
18New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 15 — Merchants National Bank
Merchants National Bank began operations on April 2, 1900 with $100,000 in capital, founded by Charles Carpenter Goss of Pittsfield. Mr. Goss was the first cashier and his grandfather Charles H. Carpenter was chosen as the first president. . . . Map (db m152220) HM
19New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 8 — St. John's Methodist Church
St. John's Methodist Church, now St. John's Senior Housing, was built in 1875 for $40,000. Methodism is the third oldest religious denomination in Dover (after the Congregationalists and the Quakers) and their worship services began in 1819 at . . . Map (db m152217) HM
20New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 165 — The Alexander Scammell Bridge over the Bellamy River
A Revolutionary patriot, soldier, and adopted son of Durham, N.H., Alexander Scammell served with distinction through six years of the war from Bunker Hill to Yorktown, where he was wounded, captured, and died six days later, Oct. 6, 1781. Born in . . . Map (db m74582) HM WM
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21New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 1 — The American House Hotel
The American House Hotel opened ca. 1865 by William B. Smith in what was originally a private residence. After Smith’s death, his wife operated it through 1867 until selling to Col. Adams T. Peirce and L.P. True. By 1878, Peirce and True, . . . Map (db m152221) HM
22New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — The Dover Community TrailHistory and Environment
Community Trail History Since the 1970s, protecting natural habitat (or "greenways") along the Cochecho and Bellamy Rivers has been a City of Dover Master Plan goal. The Conservation Fund, started in 1999, gives the City of Dover a way to . . . Map (db m152222) HM
23New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 11 — The Dover Mill GirlsFirst Strike by Women in the United States
After ousting the mills' benevolent founder John Williams, the Cocheco Manufacturing Company's new Boston owners put a different agent in charge. James Curtis was a harsh taskmaster, caring only about profit and having little concern for the . . . Map (db m152215) HM
24New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 14 — The New Depot on Third Street
The New Depot on Third Street, after the arrival of the B&M railroad to Dover in 1842, attracted a variety of businesses including hotels, saloons, pool halls, restaurants, and stores catering to travelers' needs. This photo, from the 1920s, . . . Map (db m152219) HM
25New Hampshire, Strafford County, Dover — 12 — The Two Morrill Blocks
The two Morrill blocks, constructed by Joseph Morrill in 1844 and 1870, dominate the landscape of Franklin Square in 1921. The smaller block, on the left bordering Second Street, is the earlier structure. Businesses in these blocks included . . . Map (db m152216) HM
26New Hampshire, Strafford County, Durham — Durham New Hampshire War Memorial Marker
In Honor of the men and women of Durham who served in the armed forces of there country.There are several markers that make up this memorial. Each monument is inscribed with the names of those who served.Map (db m96443) WM
27New Hampshire, Strafford County, Durham — 89 — Major General John Sullivan1740-1795
Revolutionary patriot, soldier, politician, first Grand Master of Masons in New Hampshire, and a resident of Durham. He left the Continental Congress to serve under Washington from Cambridge to Valley Forge. Commanded at Rhode Island in 1778, and . . . Map (db m96438) HM
28New Hampshire, Strafford County, Durham — Major General John Sullivan Memorial
The plaque commemorates the 200th anniversary of the first organized fight of the Revolution and the transport by gundalow of gunpowder taken from the British at Fort William and Mary in New Castle on Dec. 14, 1774, concealed at this spot and . . . Map (db m96441) HM
29New Hampshire, Strafford County, Durham — Oyster River Massacre
On July 18, 1694, a force of about 250 Indians under the command of a French Soldier, de Villieu, attacked settlements in this area on both sides of the Oyster River, killing or capturing approximately 100 settlers, destroying five garrison houses . . . Map (db m96442) HM
30New Hampshire, Strafford County, Farmington — Farmington Civil War Monument
In honor of the men of Farmington who fought for the Union 1861-1865Map (db m159098) WM
31New Hampshire, Strafford County, Farmington — Farmington Honor Roll
Honor Roll To their country in the time of need these men pledged their lives their fortunes and their sacred honor 1898 • Spanish War • 1902 John Davis • Arthur G. Hayes • George Jones • Everett Noyes • Charles E. Peabody • . . . Map (db m164197) WM
32New Hampshire, Strafford County, Farmington — 98 — Henry WilsonVice President of the United States
Born in Farmington February 16, 1812, Jeremiah Jones Colbath, this self-educated farm boy changed his name when of age to Henry Wilson. He became a teacher, member of Congress, United States Senator and took office as Vice President under President . . . Map (db m151943) HM
33New Hampshire, Strafford County, Farmington — Town of Farmington War Memorial
. . . Map (db m164195) WM
34New Hampshire, Strafford County, New Durham — New Durham Meeting House
The New Durham Meetinghouse was built by settlers from Durham and nearby towns in 1770 as their house of worship and seat of government until 1819 when the town's first church was built. This area was the town center until the 1850's when the . . . Map (db m96748) HM
35New Hampshire, Strafford County, Rochester — 191 — Arched Bridge
Designed and built between 1881 and 1883 by Silas Hussey, Jr. (1828-1913), this bridge is unique in New Hampshire in having heavy brick arches faced with split granite. Its fifty-foot width was exceptional for the time. Hussey was a local quarryman . . . Map (db m152150) HM
36New Hampshire, Strafford County, Rochester — First Church Congregational
United Church of Christ Gathered 1731 This Building Constructed 1790Map (db m152159) HM
37New Hampshire, Strafford County, Rochester — Reverend Amos Main
. . . Map (db m152152) HM
38New Hampshire, Strafford County, Rochester — Rochester Civil War Monument
(west/front inscription)In commemoration of The valor and patriotism of the volunteers of Rochester, who in the War of 1861 gave their lives for the maintenance of the Union. Erected by the Town AD 1885. (south inscription) Lieut. . . . Map (db m152151) HM WM
39New Hampshire, Strafford County, Rochester — Rochester Commons Bandstand
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 . . . Map (db m152156) HM
40New Hampshire, Strafford County, Rollinsford — 88 — Charles Cogswell Doe1830-1896
Rollinsford was the home of Charles C. Doe. Jurist, Judge of the Supreme Court and Chief Justice from 1876-1896. Upon graduation from Dartmouth College in 1849, he studied law at Harvard. His outstanding opinions as Chief Justice indicate his . . . Map (db m95422) HM
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Feb. 3, 2023