We’ve all seen them. The New Hampshire road-side Historical Markers with a little blurb about a person, place or event from history. Often we speed right by them on the way to somewhere else, barely noticing them and too quickly to read them.
This blog is dedicated to following those Markers through History, expanding on their stories, and linking them together. The Marker page (and tab above) is updated with each marker post for those that wish to read about them in chronological order, and excludes all non-marker posts, but does include Historical background posts. The Map tab above will bring you to an interactive Google historic marker collection.
All photos and text written by me are protected under copyright, but I’m a big believer in fair use. If you use something here, please link back. I’ve tried very hard to link back to any source materials I may use. If I’ve not properly attributed you, leave a comment on the offending post and I will correct it.
New Hampshire Historical Markers are the responsibility of the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. And as with any government agency, there are regulations covering them, such as:
The standard format for a state marker is a title line and a text of eleven lines, having 33 to 35 spaces per line (or a maximum of 14 lines, with 43 to 45 spaces per line). A two-line title reduces the number of text lines by one. Each letter in a word counts as one space; spaces between words count as one space each; periods and commas are not counted. One space is allowed for a set of quotation marks.
If you can get together twenty friends and something historic, you can petition for a marker in your town. I don’t think your favorite restaurant or bar qualifies. The state funds 10 markers per year, at a cost of up to $1,800 each. Towns may be asked to foot part of the bill on locally maintained roads.
There are Currently 204 Markers listed on the State web site, spanning Granite State History from the Prehistoric “Lochmere Archeological District” to a 1995 Handshake between President Clinton and House Speaker Gingrich.