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Grafton County - Bath Historical Society

Bath Historical Society

Address: PO Box 44, Bath, NH 03740
Contact: Velma Ide, 747-2085

Description: No Museum at this time. Call to make an appointment to see artifacts or for genealogy assistance.

While you are in the neighborhood, also visit: Bath, Bath-Haverhill & Swiftwater covered bridges, c.1824 Brick Store, The Narrows, 1st Garden Plaque, Bath Congregational Church, Historic Upper Village, Payson Mansion

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Grafton County - Additional Bath Historic Sites of Interest

The Brick Store

Site Owners: The Lusby Family
Address: Main St, PO Box 118
Bath, NH 03740

Contact: Mike & Nancy Lusay, Owners
747-2074

Description: Located in the center of Bath Village. The oldest continuously operated general store in United States. Built in 1824. Some historical items on display. One counter is a single board 10 1/2' long by 33" wide. Double course bricks, hand hewn beams of 9 1/2"x9"

Hours: Open Daily

Directions: Main Street, Village Center, off Route 302

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Grafton County - Additional Bath Historic Sites of Interest

Bath Covered Bridge

Site Owners: Town of Bath
Address: West of Rte 302, Bath, NH 03740

Description: Burr Truss / Added arches. Built 1832. The Bath Covered Bridge is the longest covered bridge totally within NH and you can still see the cribbing marks made by horses hitched in the bridge while their owners were at church or in the village.

Hours: in use

Directions: West of 302 over Ammonoosuc River to West Bath Rd. Rear of Brick Store.

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Grafton County - Additional Bath Historic Sites of Interest

Swiftwater Covered Bridge

Site Owners: Town of Bath
Physical Address: North of NH Rte 112
Porter Rd (aka Valley Rd), Bath, NH 03740

Contact: Town Office
747-2454

Description: Paddleford Truss built in 1849. Refurbished in 1999. Falls over ledges and popular swimming hole downstream side of bridge.

Directions: N. of NH Rte 112 over Wild Ammonoosuc River to Porter Road (aka Valley Rd)

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Grafton County - Additional Bath Historic Sites of Interest

Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge

Site Owners: Towns of Bath and Haverhill
Physical Address: Rte 135, Bath, NH 03740

Contact: Town Offices
747-2454

Description: The Bath-Haverhill Bridge is the oldest (c.1829) in NH. This 256'3" Town Lattice Truss covered bridge spans the Ammonoosuc River.

Hours: Pedestrian only

Directions: N. of Route 302 over the Ammonoosuc River, Woodsville to Bath on Route 135.

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Grafton County - Additional Bath Historic Sites of Interest

The Bath Upper Village

Physical Address: Rte 302, 1 mile N of Bath Village, Bath, NH 03740

Description: A settlement of several homes. The oldest built in 1799 as a stage coach tavern. The, now residential, Historic Bath Upper Village once had a tavern, a store, a law office, 2 farms and a school.

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Grafton County - Additional Bath Historic Sites of Interest

Payson Mansion AKA Colonial Inn

Site Owners: Charles Diamond
Address: Route 302, Bath, NH 03740

Contact: Charles Diamond,
747-2200

Description: Brick construction - significant architecture. Built in 1810 - ravaged by fire in 2003. Being restored to house nonprofit Harriman's Falls Educational Centre and Museum. Saved by wrecking ball by present owners purchase.

Directions: Route 302, brick building next to fire department Bath Village

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Grafton County - Additional Bath Historic Sites of Interest

Bath Congregational Church

Physical Address: West Bath Rd (ctr of village)
PO Box 17, Bath, NH 03740

Contact: Velma Ide, Clerk

Description: Built in 1873, following a disastrous fire in 1872 which burned the original building. The church was the source of the first lending library in Bath and the case and many of the volumes are preserved and catalogued as historical artifacts for the history of the church.

Hours: Sun 8:30-10:30am

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Grafton County - Additional Bath Historic Sites of Interest

Large Rock with Sign - 1st Garden

Physical Address: Rte 302, Bath, NH 03740

Contact: Beverly Woods, Grange Member

Description: 1st Garden in Bath planned by 9 year old girl. Path and garden cared for by local Pine Grove Grange. Plaque installed on rock by DAR

Hours: Always there

Directions: Pathway from highway pull-off. Lower end of Bath Village, between red barn and plain road.

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Grafton County - Additional Bath Historic Sites of Interest

The Narrows

Physical Address: Rte 135, Bath, NH 03740

Description: Unique area where Route 135 is squeezed between Connecticut River and Rock Ledge. Only a short distance from Bath, Woodsville Covered Bridge and proposed park.

Hours: Public Way

Directions: NH Route 135 out of Woodsville Toward Monroe

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