Moultonborough History in the Library

Welcome to the Local History section of the Moultonborough Public Library website. This resource includes pictures, documents, and links to other resources for researching the
history of Moultonborough and the surrounding area.


Moultonborough History Resources in the Library

Click here to see a synopsis of Moultonborough history books, maps, videos, and CD-ROMs available at the library.


Click here for a synopsis of the Moultonborough History materials in our "vertical file" (library term for a file cabinet). This collection includes pamphlets, manuscripts and photocopies that are not in book form.

Moultonborough Historical Society

To complement our collection of documents pertaining to town history, the Moultonborough Historical Society has an extensive collection of artifacts, ranging from sleighs to tools, textiles, and images. Click here to link to their web site.

The Historical Society Facebook page is also a rich source of local history, especially images of people and places of Moultonborough past and present. https://www.facebook.com/MoultonboroughHS

 
Click here to view a Youtube video of Chief Richard Plaisted's presentation on the history of the Fire Department at the Historical Society meeting on October 9, 2012.

 
Click here to view a Youtube video of a presentation by Judy Ryerson on the story of James French, 1845-1919. French served the town in many elective offices and was a benefactor of the library, as well as one of the first trustees. 

Click here to view part one of a video presentation about the history of Camp Inwood at Lee's Mills and other early history of the Lee's Mills Area. Click here for part two. 

Click here to view a Youtube video of Ed Person of Ledgewood Farms talking about the history of farming in Moultonborough.

Click here for a link to a Youtube video of Dick Wakefield's presentation to the Historical Society about his extensive collection of views of historic Moultonborough.

Click here to view part one of a presentation on Moultonborough's historic homes by Judy Ryerson. Click here for part two, and here for part three. 

Click here to view a panel discussion featuring Mary Lamprey Bare, Matthew Blood, Richard Young Jr., Richard Wakefield, and Nat King discussing what it has been like to grow up in Moultonborough at various times. 

Click here to view a Youtube video presentation by former Historical Society president Bruce Garry on the origins of the town of Moultonborough.

Click here to view a Youtube video of Jack Cook's presentation to the Historical Society about the history of the ice racing club, which races on Berry Pond and Lee's Pond every winter. 

Click here to link to a Youtube video of Historical Society member Jordan Prouty discussing the history of the Winchester rifle. 

Click here to view part one of a presentation by Art Lively on the Brown Sisters of Homestead 
Farm, Moultonborough, NH. Click here for part two. 

Click here to link to a Youtube video of John Oliver's Historical Society presentation on old tools.
 


Click below to view the Historical Society presentation on the history of the Red Hill Outing Club. There are four parts. 
 

 


 

Grand Estates and Summer Resorts of Moultonborough

Click here for a link to a Weirs Times article on the history of Windermere, the home of Dr. J.A. Greene and a National Historic Register property. 

Click here to learn more about the history of Kona Farm. Kona was the summer estate of Herbert Dumaresq, part owner of the Jordan Marsh department store in the 1800s. The "Swallow" boathouse, now on the National Register of Historic Places, was built for the steam yacht that he used on the lake.

Click here for the history of the Langdon Cove area of Moultonborough.

Click here to read about the history of Geneva Point Center.

Click here to read about the history of the Far Echoes summer colony on Moultonborough Neck.



 

Moultonborough Biographies




General Jonathan Moulton
A marker (not a gravestone) commemorating
General Moulton in the Pine Grove Cemetery
He was actually buried on his own property,
although no one today knows exactly where.
 
There are lots of Moulton links at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton.
Many of Moultonborough's first settlers came from Hampton.
where.http://www.hampton.lib.nh.us/hampton/biog/moultontoc.htm


Benjamin Franklin Shaw, inventor of the seamless stocking, was the builder of Ossipee Mountain Park, on the property where Castle in the Clouds is now located. Click here to read a memoir of his life at Internet Archive.  There is more Ossipee Mountain Park history in the local history files at the library, including "In the Glens of the Ossipees," by Lucy Larcom, published in 1892; the story of Robert Frost's visit, and the Fourth of July celebration of 1882, following the vote at town meeting that year to name Mount Shaw after Benjamin Franklin Shaw. 

Thomas Plant, manufacturer of the Queen Quality Shoe, was the builder of the home and estate now known as "Castle in the Clouds. The library has several files on the history of the Castle and Thomas Plant. Articles include information on architect J. Williams Beal, a facsimile of a brochure about the estate produced in 1925, Queen Quality shoe advertisements, magazine and newspaper articles, information about the Plant Home, a retirement home in Bath, Maine, which was endowed by Thomas Plant, notes about his two wives, Caroline Griggs Plant and Olive Dewey Plant, trail guides to the Castle trail system, notes about the Tobey and Robie families who owned the property after Plant's death in 1941, and more. Click here for a link to a brief Wikipedia article, or here for a link to the Plant family website, including family photos, or visit the library to learn more.
 
 
One of Moultonborough's most famous "residents" is movie star 
Claude Rains, who had a summer home in Sandwich, but is buried in the Red Hill Cemetery on Bean Road in Moultonborough. Click here to see additional information about Rains' time spent in the Lakes Region from the library's local history files.

Covered Bridges in New Hampshire

Visiting Covered Bridges

 An interactive map of bridges in New Hampshire.

NH Division of Historical Resources site with listings for each bridge.


 

Moultonborough Library History

In 1997 the library celebrated one hundred years of service to the community. To document the history of our first century, assistant librarian Jane Rice compiled a history of the library, which is available to read at the library.  The photo above depicts the library building shortly after its construction in 1929. Click here to read a brief version of the library's history.
 
 

History of Carroll County New Hampshire

The History of Carroll County, New Hampshire, by Georgia Drew Merrill, published in 1889, includes a chapter on the history of Moultonborough up to that time. Click here to access and search the full text at Internet Archive. 

Moultonborough in the Civil War

The majority of men from Moultonborough who participated in the Civil War enlisted in Company G of the 12th New Hampshire Volunteers. Click here to access the full text of the regiment's history at Internet Archive.

Map of historic locations in Moultonborough

Cemeteries, historic sites, and more

Click here to view a Google map of historic locations in Moultonborough

Moultonborough Town Reports

Moultonborough Town Reports available in digital format through Internet Archive include:
 
1926, 1927, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980-89, 1990-99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. 
 
Other town reports from 1888 to the present are available in hard copy at the library. 

Moultonborough Cemetery Records and Moulton Genealogy

 
Moultonborough Cemetery Records updated through 2003 are now available on the Moultonborough Historical Society website and are in a searchable format. If you're looking for an ancestor who was buried in Moultonborough, click on the underlined link to the Moultonborough Cemetery Records.

Click here for a link to the Moulton Annals at Internet Archive