New Ipswich Historical Society

23 Main St

New Ipswich, NH 03071


The Society has many ongoing research projects related to our collections and to the history of New Ipswich people. Most recently, we created a database of our cemetery records. This was compiled from a handwritten list created by Charles Henry Chandler in 1914. You can download the file and search for your ancestors. The file includes burials in three New Ipswich cemeteries, the old "Hill" cemetery (H), Central Cemetery (C), and Smithville Cemetery (S) between 1690 and 1955. To view the file, click here. Note: you will need to use the ‘Back’ button to return to this page.

Did you know that both New Ipswich town histories are available digitally on Google Books? You can even download them as pdf's. Here are the links:

Frederic Kidder and Augustus Addison Gould, History of New Ipswich (1852) 

Charles Henry Chandler and Sarah Fiske Lee, The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire (1914)




President, John Rosenfelder

Vice President, Daniel Ziarnik-Case

Treasurer, Patricia Lage

Secretary, Margaret Lee


2018 Fall President's Letter



 2018 Fall Program, Car Talk

POSTPONED due to impending snowstorm.

New date & time -TBD


Historic District Marker Unveiled


A new bronze marker for the Central Village Historic District was unveiled on Saturday, December 9, 2017 by members of the Historical Society.  The marker was obtained from a grant from Historic New England, a donation from the  New Ipswich Historical Society, as well as, an anonymous donor.  We would like to thank those who funded this project, as well as, the New Ipswich Selectman for approving the location of the marker on the town owned property at the corner of Turnpike Road and Main Street.  Also, a special thank you to the New Ipswich DPW for installing the marker.


Annual Meeting


The NIHS Annual Meeting was held on  Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Historical Society. 


Mark Haines of Ashby MA, gave a talk about New England barns. 

His topics included: construction, dating, disassembling, rebuilding, re-purposing, and restoration of old barns.


 2018 NIHS Hours


Summer and Fall of 2018 hours :

June 2, 9, 23: 1pm-3pm

July 14, 28: 1pm-3pm

August 11, 25: 1pm-3pm

September 8, 22: 1pm-3pm

October 13: 1pm-3pm



Whatever happened to?

Ellen Barr, a girl from New Ipswich!


Recent Acquisitions

 See what items have been donated to the Historical Society recently. If you can add any information about any of these, email us at


Center Village Historic District

 The Center Village of New Ipswich is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. If you want to see some of the houses included, as well as a map of the District and a complete listing of all properties included, go to our new Center Village Historic District page.


New Ipswich in the Civil War

 During the American Civil War, New Ipswich people served both on the battlefield and at home. One resident, Lydia Clark O'Bear, even wrote a book about the contributions of townsfolk to the war effort. For more information, see our new Civil War pages.


Photo of the century: Our forebears


NI Historical Society 1906
NI Historical Society 1906

The Way We were, 1906 Group photo of the Historical Society, taken in 1906.

The photo was labelled "Cranford Company, 1906."

Does anyone know what that was, or where this picture was taken?

Back row, l to r: Hattie McKown, Prof. Poore, Abbie Phelps; 2nd row: Abby Beard, Mrs. Samuel Thayer, Ettie Taylor, Miss Marie Lindberg (a teacher), Annie Thayer, Miss Lee, Ella Walker, Lizzie Crowell; kneeling: Arthur Thayer, Edna Hudson.

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