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Dorchester Historical Museum

Site Owners: Dorchester Historical Society

Physical Address: Town Common, Town House Rd, Dorchester, NH 03266
Mailing Address: c/o 188 Streeter Woods Road, Dorchester, NH 03266

Contact: Elizabeth A Trought (603) 786-9342 batrought@gmail.com

Description: Building erected in 1808, was originally the North District School and used until 1926. Museum opened 1966. Original school - master's desk, compass and chain used in laying out original lots of the town in 1773. Narrative available in file.

Hours: under renovation. Plan to reopen early summer 2014

Directions: 1/4 mile off Rte 118 from intersection of either the N. Dorchester Rd or the Town House Rd. 7 miles from Rte 25 in Rumney and from Rte 4 in Caanan.

Programs Offered:

While you are in the area also visit: Dorchester Community Church, Dorchester Town Hall
Grafton County - Additional Dorchester Sites of Interest

Dorchester Community Church (aka The Town Church)

Physical Address: Town Common, Town House Rd, Dorchester, NH 03266
Mailing Address: 73 Fraser Rd, Wentworth NH 03282, Dorchester, NH 03266

Contact: Dr. Grace M. Fraser, Trustee
786-9954

Description: Formerly the "South Meeting House" built in the 1820s on Thompson Hill and cut down and moved by oxen to the current location on the Town Common in the early 1880s. Dedicated 1883.

Hours: 3 services per year: Christmas Eve, Easter Sunday, Old Home Days Sunday and open for special events.

Directions: 1/4 mile off Rte 118 from intersection of either the N. Dorchester Rd or the Town House Rd. 7 miles from Rte 25 in Rumney and from Rte 4 in Caanan.

Programs Offered: Easter Sunday Service 10:30am

Notes: On National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Narrative available in file.

Grafton County - Additional Dorchester Sites of Interest

Dorchester Town Hall

Site Owners: Town of Dorchester
Physical Address: Town Common, Town House Rd, Dorchester, NH 03266
Mailing Address: 2048 NH Rte 118, Dorchester, NH 03266

Contact: Albert John Franz, Chairman, Board of Selectmen
523-7136

Description: Built in 1842 on site of the North Meeting House, which was destroyed by fire in 1839.

Hours: Town meetings, election days, special meetings and events

Directions: 1/4 mile off Rte 118 from intersection of either the N. Dorchester Rd or the Town House Rd. 7 miles from Rte 25 in Rumney and from Rte 4 in Caanan.

Programs Offered: town meeting and March election

Notes: In 1841 at a meeting held at the Wright Tavern (currently owned by Patricia Franz) the town voted "to raise what surplus money was necessary to build a Town House."

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