Published DateGILMANTON — The Gilmanton Historical Society opens its summer series with ''A Walk Back in Time, the Secrets of Cellar Holes'' on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall in Gilmanton Iron Works.
Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once sunny dooryard.
What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan introduces us to the rich stories behind the abandoned cellar hole in the woods.
Author of ''The Gunstock Parish, A History of Gilford, NH,'' Mulligan has also contributed to ''Proud to Live Here in the Connecticut River Valley; Where the Great River Rises, An Atlas of the Upper Connecticut River''; and ''Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire's North Country.''
Currently she is Executive Director of the Hanover Conservancy. She served for 20 years as Conservation Director of the
Connecticut River Joint Commission. She holds a master's degree from Smith College., and lives in Lyme Center, NH.
Refreshments and social hour begin at 7 p.m.; the program begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. The Society's Museum is also open at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public; donations to support the work of the Societare gratefully received.
The Society's summer series is presented on the fourth Tuesday of each month, May through September. In June Adam Boyce brings us the story of the Old Country Fiddler; Gilmanton Architecture is Richard Guy Wilson's subject in July; Pat Clarke presents the history of the Gilmanton Academy in August. The summer's final program, in September features New Hampshire in the Age of Clipper Ships with Glenn Knoblock.
The Gilmanton Historical Society offers a number of publications on the history of the Town. They are available at all Society programs, at the Town Clerk's Office, and at the Brick House in Gilmanton Corners. The Society's Museum, at Old Town Hall is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon, and at 7 p.m. before each of the summer programs.
A cellar hole in the woods has stories to tell. Learn more from Adair Mulligan at the Gilmanton Historical Society on Tuesday, May 28, 7:30 p.m. at Old Town Hall in Gilmanton Iron Works. (Courtesy photo)