History

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

From the Issue: 
January 2011
The Troy Historical Society had a busy year in 2010.  We are working on activities and events for 2011, so if you would like to help, come join us.  We will be holding two workshops to plan for 2011, rearranging displays, and general cleaning of the museum.  Our first workshop will be on Saturday, January 8th and the second, Saturday, February 12th.  We will begin at 9 AM and quit around noontime on both Saturdays.  Please join us at Kimball Hall and make a little history.

We would like to thank the Inn at East Hill Farm and the Christ Lutheran Church for their generous donations to the Society.  Their generosity allows us the means for planning a variety of activities for 2011.

If you would like to become a member, please stop by on either of our Saturday workshop days or plan to attend the annual meeting, Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 7 PM at Kimball.  We would love to have you join the Troy Historical Society.

TIMES CHANGE! FROM 1921: "THE OLDEST HOUSE IN TROY"

From the Issue: 
January 2011
Imagine a real estate ad for this house!  From the Monadnock Breeze, August 13, 1921:

“A rare old landmark, is the dwelling recently purchased by Miss Estelle Farrar to be used jointly as a home and millinery establishment.
The writer was delighted the other day to find, in its spacious living room, a beautiful fireplace, with smooth stone hearth; and the crane, in perfect condition, swinging just where it held in by-gone years, the round iron kettle, with savory contents.  There is also a splendid brick oven, in perfect order; for baking such brown bread, and beans, as the writer in earlier years took from such an oven each Sunday morning, they having baked all night.  In no other way, can they be made quite so delicious.

The fireplaces in this fourteen room house, (four in number I believe) all have smooth stone hearths, with long mantels above.  There is an air of comfort which many “modern” homes sadly lack.

TROY DEPOT

From the Issue: 
January 2011
The interviews from residents who remember the railroad and have memories of Troy are still ongoing.  Arthur McKew flew here from Tennessee to be recorded and had many interesting memories to share, as did Richard Lawrence.  Thank you both and to all of those who have participated thus far.

Film Professor Larry Benaquist said from the beginning to get as many interviews done while we can and he was so right. One of the most valuable lessons learned from this project is not to take life for granted.  Sadly, we missed the opportunity to interview Dee Devine who would sit on the hill behind her house on School Street as a child and watch the trains go by.  They shook her house so hard she could hear the plaster falling between the walls! 

We also feel sorry that we didn’t get the chance to talk with Nancy Carlson’s mother who lived near the depot and had many tales to tell.  Nancy was arranging an interview with her just a few days before she passed on.  Our heartfelt sympathies go out to these families for their losses.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

From the Issue: 
December 2010
The October Finn Funn weekend was a great success.  Participants traveled from many states to listen to the presentations or to share in the demonstrations at the Inn at East Hill Farm.  There was a steady flow of people moving through the Tori at Troy School making purchases, watching craft demonstrations, listening to live music, or watching the Finnish dancers.

SAMUEL E. PAUL WAR MEMORIAL COMMISSION UPDATE

From the Issue: 
November 2010
Keene State College has joined together with the Samuel E. Paul War Memorial Commission in a Service Learning Project in support of the Sand Dam restoration project.  This project integrates the College’s values of citizenship and academic achievement with opportunities for service to Troy.  This program links hands-on-learning with community needs providing valuable services.  KSC President Giles-Gee stands 100% behind the students and professors who will be working on this project.  In President Giles-Gee’s words, “You can’t go through the gates that say, “Enter to learn, go forth to serve” and not feel called to serve our community.”
   
In October, Professor Cusak and three students from his geography classes attended our commission meeting.  Under Professor Cusak’s leadership, these students will be gathering data, surveying the public about their ideas on how to revitalize Sand Dam so our commission can ultimately move forward with a master plan plus any other areas citizens s are interested in.
   

“LET THERE BE LIGHT!” 100 YEARS AGO IN TROY

From the Issue: 
November 2010
A hundred years ago, to great fanfare, Troy’s first electric lights were displayed upon the festive occasion of the Annual Firemen’s Ball at Town Hall.  The date: Thanksgiving night, November 24, 1910.  As reported by the Monadnock Breeze:
   
 “There was a crowd and some brisk cheering on Thanksgiving night in front of Town Hall, when the electric lights were turned on.  The sixteen 16-candle power lamps on the poles were arranged in two semi-circles with a cluster of four at the top.  The lamps were red, white, and blue.  The decorations were put up by electrician R.E. Munroe, under the supervision of Supt. Peacock.  A crowd turned out to see the illumination, and cheered when the lights were turned on.”  The power was supplied by a 125-horsepower Nash oil engine, later to be supplemented by a ‘3-cylinder, 85-horse-power gasolene [sic] engine.’
   

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

From the Issue: 
October 2010
The big event is getting closer and we hope you will take part in our Finn Funn weekend, which is the last weekend in October.  The Finnish people have held these weekends all over the United States, but this will be the first time that one has been held in the southern part of New Hampshire.  The Troy Historical Society is honored to be sponsoring this opportunity to learn about, and share the Finnish culture.  We will begin on Friday, October 29, with a bus tour to area Finnish communities.  The bus will leave the Inn at East Hill Farm at 9 AM and return about 4 in the afternoon.  The cost for the tour is $35.

RR DEPOT UPDATES

From the Issue: 
October 2010
The Troy Cheshire RR Depot and Troy American Legion Post #56 are co-hosting an Autumn Fest at the Troy Depot on Saturday, October 2nd at 1 PM.  The Nelson Town Band will be on hand to entertain us at 1:30 and there will be plenty of hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and refreshments.  At dusk bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy Walt Disney’s movie “UP”.  Grab a bag of popcorn and a soda and enjoy the show!   Adults $8, seniors $7 under 6 yrs. $3.  This price is all-inclusive including lunch, snacks and the movie!.  Movie admission alone is $2 and can be purchased at the movie.  Entire event tickets should be purchased at Minute Mart, Dragon Palace, MamaDukes, The Inn at East Hill Farm and the Central Square Market and Deli or call 762-1806 to make a reservation. Proceeds to benefit the Troy Depot restoration project and American Legion Post #56.

I am pleased to announce that Veronica (Roni) Hoffmann has been appointed as the new Chairwoman of the Troy Cheshire RR Depot Commission.  Roni has already jumped in with both feet coordinating the Autumn Fest.  Congratulations Roni! 
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