Weare prepping for 250th anniversary
The grand finale will be in September when they ceremonially sign the town’s charter, 250 years to the day it was originally signed.
The building is on the state historical registry and was the first Quaker seminary in the state of New Hampshire in the mid-1800s.
“It’s a beautiful simple building,” said Heleen Kurk, co-chairperson of the 250th Anniversary Committee and Historical Society treasurer.
The building continued to be used as the seminary until the school district took it over. Quaker teachers continued to teach but eventually it became a public school. In the 1960s it was sold to a private individual for a museum of Weare artifacts. In time, he gave it to the Weare Historical Society but when they couldn’t afford the taxes they gave it to the town.
July’s celebration will be the unveiling of the 250th cake during a patriotic parade on July 12 in Weare Center.
Weare’s 250th anniversary celebration will culminate on Sunday, Sept. 21, with a luncheon at the John Stark Regional High School. Members of the drama department will act out historical events such as the Pine Tree Riot.
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