Orchids, Chameleons, and Heat, Oh My!

Orchids, Chameleons, and Heat, Oh My!
On Saturday 28th February I found myself transported from the white desert known as New Hampshire, to a tropical oasis complete with exotic plants, animals and warmth, and I didn’t need a planet ticket to achieve it. I was of course at the Wentworth Greenhouse in Rollinsford for their annual orchid show, an event that ...

From The Archives: Locked Out Of The Bank!

From The Archives: Locked Out Of The Bank!
In 1875, there were no credit cards, no ATM’s and the only way to keep your cash safe was to carry it with you, store it under the bed, or put it in the bank. Can you imagine not being able to get into that bank because the lock that was supposed to keep the ...

Somersworth City Council Meeting: 17/02/2015

Somersworth City Council Meeting: 17/02/2015
Tuesday, 17th February saw the regularly scheduled meeting of the Somersworth City Council, take place in Council chambers. The evening began with a public hearing on Ordinance No. 11-15 which will amend Chapter 10 within the Welfare guidelines of the city. No one chose to speak at this hearing, either for or against the proposed ...

From The Archives: The Fire Fiend Strikes Somersworth.

From The Archives: The Fire Fiend Strikes Somersworth.
Digging through the archives of The Journal this week, I discovered an interesting piece regarding a fire in the town center for the year 1876. The exact date of the fire was April 4th and it was a Tuesday. Now, I’ve gotten used to seeing fires being reported in smaller detail as I’ve read through ...

School Board Meeting and Public Hearing 2/16/2015

School Board Meeting and Public Hearing 2/16/2015
Monday night saw a large crowd assembled at the City Council Chambers, as it was an important night for many in the city as they had their chance to make their voices heard in front of the Somersworth School Board. The subject of the public hearing was the proposed School Districts BUDGET. This is an ...

Happy Valentines: From 1876 A Little Ditty

Happy Valentines: From 1876 A Little Ditty
This Valentines was first published in the February 12th issue of The Journal, 1876. I thought it was amazing how relevant it was today as it was back then, considering the impeding blizzard. A VALENTINE BY L.E.R.

From The Archives: The Great Excursion

From The Archives: The Great Excursion
Nowadays we think nothing of jumping in the car and heading to the White Mountains for a day of relaxation.  There was a time though, before cars,  when the only way to get to the mountains was via train. What follows is an account of the first excursion to the White Mountains aboard that train ...

From The Archives: The Orange Street School House. 1

From The Archives: The Orange Street School House.
As I was reading through the archived copies of THE JOURNAL from 1875, at the Historical Museum a couple of Sunday’s ago, I found this interesting text about the Burleigh School House or as it was known then, Orange Street School House. September 11th, 1875 The Orange Street School House. This building is now completed ...

Do You Remember When?

Do You Remember When?
Do you remember when the  New England Patriots came to play basketball in Somersworth?  This seemed likely a timely piece of memorabilia to  mention this week with the Patriots and the Superbowl on the horizon today. You can find the display featured left at the Summersworth Historical Museum on Main Street.  Below you will find ...