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Holderness Celebrates 250 Years

Press Releases - July 20, 2011

The town of Holderness will hold various events from August 5 through August 8, celebrating 250 years since its founding.

The Semiquincentennial celebration will provide guests with a historical perspective, while offering fun activities for the whole family on each of the four days. From 1pm. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, a free concert, featuring Steve Schuch, will be in the Kirkwood Gardens at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Food will be available at 6 pm., followed by a Street Dance with Postage Due at the Little Church Theater from 7pm. to 10 pm.

Saturday, Aug. 6 will be filled with things to do and see, as different events run from 8am. until 10:30pm. At 9:30am, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is offering free admission to Holderness residents. The Market at Curry Place will be open from 10am- 4:30 pm. with crafters and food vendors. At 3 pm, famous Holderness authors will be at the library with Sid Lovett. The day will end with a Barn Dance in the Fisher Family Activity Barn at Squam Lakes Association on Route 3 from 7:30 to 10:30pm.

Start the day with a Pancake Breakfast at the Holderness Fire Station from 7:30am. -10:30am. on Sunday, Aug. 7. A Remembrance Church Service with Sid Lovett giving thanks for the community will take place at 8am. at the Community Church across from the Fire Station. Visit the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center at 1pm. to see “Changes in New Hampshire’s Wildlife in the Last 250 Years.” Guests will be able to learn about the town during the Reading of the Town Charter at 3:30 pm. at the Livermore Common Holderness School.

At 6pm. on Monday, Aug. 8, guests can enjoy a dinner and an “I remember when” discussion at Longhaul Farm, where memories of the Holderness community will be shared.

Samuel Lane laid out the town of New Holderness in 1751. Lane was King George III’s surveyor. King George III and Governor Benning Wentworth established the new township through the Royal Charter on October 24, 1761. The land of the town was split through grants among 61 “proprietors.” Later the land grants were broken up into “lotts.”

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