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Selectman Bill Bolton in costume the town's 250th anniversary celebration last weekend. (COURTESY)

Plymouth's summer-long 250th celebration continues

PLYMOUTH — The town continues to celebrate its 250th anniversary and the festivities continue this summer with walking tours and the release of a new book celebrating the town’s history.

The town has had events running all summer, highlighted by a parade last weekend, and continues to celebrate its history, some of it newly discovered, said celebration chair Steve Rand.

courtesy photoThe Forest Hill Cemetery gate donated by Lt. Col. Thom after the Civil War.-- Adam SwiftUnion Leader correspondent 

“We, as a town, discovered ourselves as a result of this work,” Rand said. “We’ve discovered we are a town with lots and lots of history.”

Many town groups, including the Young Ladies Library Association, the Royal Eagles, and Plymouth State University took part in the parade and have been contributors to the year-long celebration.

High-tech walking tours continue throughout the summer with the help of PSU students. In partnership with the Plymouth Historical Society, students in Plymouth State University’s Public History course planned and designed a tour of selected historical sites to celebrate the town’s 250th anniversary.

The students chose locations that reflect on four historic themes: work, leisure, religion, and justice.

At each site — the Daniel Webster Courthouse, the Grafton County Courthouse, the Congregational Church, the Pemigewasset Hotel, the Railroad Station, Kidder Block, the Methodist Church, and Foster’s Peg Mill — there are signs with code panels that can be scanned with cell phones to get full backgrounds on each site.

And within the next few weeks a new book celebrating the town’s anniversary, “Five More Decades in Plymouth — 1963-2013,” will be on sale for $20 (or $15 for pre-orders by contacting the Plymouth Historical Society).

The book was originally due out in May, but has been delayed, Rand said. The historical society intends it to be an update and companion book to Eva Speare’s “Twenty Decades in Plymouth, New Hampshire 1763–1963,” which was published on the occasion of Plymouth’s bicentennial.

A list of ongoing activities, including a Royal Eagles reunion dinner on Oct. 5, can be found at the town anniversary’s website,


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