Chesterfield NH Historical Society
Chesterfield NH Historical Society

Bits of History

Emails have been sent out periodically to our membership.  Here are some tidbits of history that we shared in them. 

Chesterfield's Master Storyteller

Charles Tazewell


Christmas Stories and Heavenly Tales


As American as Apple Pie


A bit of history about the

the apple that goes into the Thanksgiving Pie

In Honor of Chesterfield's Veterans


A list of the known Veterans who signed up in the town of Chesterfield from the Revolutionary War to the Present


Messages from the Grave


Collection of Chesterfield Epitaphs

Six Reasons Why the Settlement of Chesterfield

Was Delayed till 1761


Chesterfeild was chartered in 1733 and 1752.  But, the first permanent Anglo settlement did not occur until



The Vietnam War Memorial's Moving Wall


The half-size replica of the Washington DC Vietnam War Memorial visited Brattleboro


Labor Day


Frances Perkins: 

A woman behind  the New Deal's Progressive Labor Laws

Sheep, Stonewalls & Wheel Heads


How Chesterfield impacted the Naiton


Why CHS Logo is the Miner's Accelerated Wheel Head

New Hampshire's War with Vermont


Chesterfield's role in the

New Hampshire Land Grants Controversy


Chesterfield's  Split from New Hampshire

New Hampshire's sole signer of the

Declaration of Independence

Josiah Bartlett


New Hampshire's Founding Father


A Bit of History of Our Flag


In Celebration of Flag Day, June 14th,

here is a bit of history about how it evolved!




An Abenaki Story of

How the Land was Created

Remembering our Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day Tribute 2021


Our War Memorials note those killed with a star.  This explains who they were and how they earned that star.

(This will direct you to Notable Citizens section)

 Early School Life


Some of Chesterfield's first hand experiences about attending

a rural Grammer School


1951 - A New School

(From 19 to 3 to 1)


A 7th Grader's reaction to moving from the local West Chesterfield School to the new consolidated

Chesterfield Center School

 Singing Schools


Singings schools (1721 - 1810) were a New England phenomenon which spread into the South and West. 

Chesterfield was no exception to the trend.   

 What Day is It?

A Heroic Story about the Calendar


Why is Chesterfield named after the

4th Earl of Chesterfield?

Why does it concern the Calendar?


The Town Meeting

A poem By Winifred Watts Cray


This outlines the traditional events at the

Annual Town Meeting


Sugaring Off


A little bit of the history about this important NH season and how times have changed in the production of Maple Syrup.



Lake Spofford Ice Harvest


Also known as Ice Cutting, this tidbit explains the old method of harvesting ice. 


Lake Spofford's Ice Hole Riddle

And Ice Out Lottery


An area of open water has persisted in the same location for two years.  What can the possible cause be? (Jan. 30, 2021)


A Poem by

Winifred Watts Cray


Food for Thought at Thanksgiving


The difference between 1621 meal and today

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