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South Road Cemetery Association
Tim Hayes
P.O. Box 138
Belmont, NH 03220
603-387-6743

Also see Community Projects pages for more on individual sites

The purpose of this page is to note some details on items of historical interest, but more importantly, to provide the reader with cites and links to Belmont's rich history.  Please use these resources for more information on Belmont's past.



Belmont Keeps Moving Forward With The Past 
The Weirs Times 12/20/12  
Additional Photo Credits: P.1 contemporary picture Linda Frawley; P.22 Wallace Rhodes; P.23 Belmont Historical Society collection (Mill); P. 23 Belmont Historical Society collection (Gift of the Bernard Boutin family)-incorrect date-built in 1908 and Belmont Heritage Society should read Commission; P.24 aerial view assisted by the Belmont Fire Department photographed by Brenda Paquette at the inqugural "Deck the Village" Christmas Festival in 2008; P.24 Shayne Duggan; P.25 Christopher P. Williams Architects; P.25 Belmont mill "today" is 2010, prior to ARRA grant LED lantern installation.



Belmont Heritage and Preservation Fair - 2016

Belmont Heritage and Preservation Fair  5/21/16
Belmont's Heritage and Preservation Fair takes place Saturday  Citizen 5/20/16
Belmont Heritage Fair on Saturday celebrates town's "Special Places"  Sun 5/20/16
Special Belmont places celebrated May 21 at Heritage & Preservation Fair  Winni Echo 5/19/16


Registers of Historic Properties and Places

National Register Listed Properties

Belmont Public Library, listed 9/12/1985

NH State Register of Historic Places

Belmont Village Bandstand,
 listed April, 2016
Province Road Meeting House, listed 1/27/03
Belmont Mill, listed 10/26/15

Visit My NH, an online map created by the NH Division of Historic Resources. Belmont Heritage Commission adds local historic places to My NH online map  Sun 3/25/17

History Snippets from The Citizen

2006 - Greyhounds run in Belmont
After a yearlong absence, the greyhounds would soon be running again in Belmont  
Citizen 6/11/16

2006 - Winnisquam Fire Department Closes
Winnisquam Fire Department ends Citizen 6/25/16

2002 - Belknap Mall
Ditching its 1970s architectural appearance  Citizen 10/20/12

2002 - Ames Department Store
Struggling retailer Ames Discount Stores
 Citizen 8/18/12

1987 - Area Students Attend new J. Oliver Huot Center at Laconia High School
Area Students Attend new Huot Center  Citizen 9/22/12

1966 - Jay Hurd of Belmont first Vietnam Casualty from the Laconia Area
First Vietnam casualty
Citizen 9/3/16

1934 - Dr. Nathan Brody
Dr. Brody opens Laconia office  
Citizen 6/9/12

1916 - Mosquito Bridge
"Mosquito Bridge" to be completed
 Citizen 4/23/16

1915 - Mosquito Bridge
Status Changed 100 Years Ago This Week Citizen 03/14/15 

1887 - Marsh Hill Spring Water  Citizen 6/23/12

NH Historical Highway Markers

List of Markers

#0149  LOCHMERE ARCHEOLOGICAL DISTRICT
Location: SILVER LAKE RD 1 MILE EAST OF US 3 NEAR LOCHMERE DAM

1982  Lochmere Archeological District - National Register of Historic Places - This is a restricted site. The location of this property is restricted information under law: National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, section 304, 16 U.S,C.470w-3(a). Hence the location information has been redacted.
    
National Register of Historic Places in Belknap County 
Wikipedia  

#0235  BELMONT MILLS
Location: NH 140 @ TIOGA RIVER BRIDGE 

2013 Town Officials unveiled New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker #0235 commemorating the efforts to save the Belmont Mill.

Restoration of Belmont Mill effort chronicled on new state historical marker  Daily Sun 7/19/13
Saving the Belmont Mill  Citizen 2013
Belmont Mill "Miracle" commemorated with marker  Union Leader 7/17/13


Boston Post Cane

In August of 1909, Edwin A Grozier, owner of the Boston Post newspaper, sent to Board’s of Selectmen throughout New England, 14-carat gold headed, African ebony canes for the purpose of awarding to the oldest citizen of the town. The head of the cane reads "Presented by the Boston Post to the oldest citizen of Belmont, NH”. The original is located in Town Hall, protected for posterity in a wooden display. A replica was made for presentation. In order to be eligible the person must be a current resident. Please help us to honor the town’s newest oldest resident by sending the information to townadministrator@belmontnh.org




2005
Recipient - Lincoln W. Noel

2015 Recipient - Walter Vorse.  Belmont's Walter Vorse awarded Boston Post Cane  Winnisquam Echo 08/06/15





Belmont Celebrates New Hampshire History Week - October 19-25, 2015

2015  Preserving Belmont history was front and center October 19-25 as citizens, Belmont Elementary School, and the Town’s Public Library lead the fifth commemoration of New Hampshire History Week. Stories of landmarks and legacy were shared community-wide, at indoor and outdoor locations, as special places and people were recognized in classrooms, public meetings, and historic buildings.

The community partnership launched free programs Monday, and all Belmont residents, neighbors, and friends were welcome. Week-long activities started with morning announcements at Belmont Elementary. Students from Mrs. Vicki Donovan’s fourth grade classes read and reported "Historical Belmont Minutes” offering a few facts about important Village buildings and places.

 Also on Monday, the 1928 Main Street Library building, distinguished by its listing on the National Register of Historic Places, opened an exhibit of archives treasures, not usually displayed due to limited space. For many residents, local research starts at the library and has been fostered by director Eileen Gilbert and her staff, with updated resources including genealogical software.

The 1908 Village Bandstand was honored on Monday, October 19 by a visit and brief program with State Senator Jeanie Forrester, who serves on the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) board of directors as a Legislative member,  and Jennifer Goodman, executive director of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance (NHPA). The NHPA recognized the restoration effort, begun in October, 2013, with the prestigious Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Preservation Achievement Award in May.

More recognition followed in the Corner Meeting House at 5:30 p.m. when the Board of Selectmen announce 2015 Community Heritage Award recipients. The award cites exemplary residents and quality of life improvements, and has been presented with the Heritage Commission since 2011. 

The Belmont Historical Society, founded in 1969, holds its annual meeting on Tuesday evening in the Belmont Mill at 7:00 p.m. and encourages current, former, and new members to attend. The organization welcomes all to a Friday "Open House” at the 1792 Province Road Meeting House, deeded to the Society in 1981, with recently completed major stabilization and exterior restoration which were funded by members, citizens, and two LCHIP grants. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon while a fall spruce-up of the building is underway by volunteers and the Belknap County Restorative Justice Program, with further help from the Belknap County Conservation District.

A highlight of the effort is a Village Walking Tour on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. led by preservation advocate and local history author, Wallace Rhodes. The presentation starts at the Belmont Public Library, distinguished for its architecture in 1985 by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior with listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Besides its façade, now undergoing a major masonry restoration, the building has notable and original furnishings including a Grandfather clock repaired and rehabilitated by local businessman Dennis Carignan, with help from local artist Pauline Murphy.  

Photo IDs: The 1792 Province Road Meeting House and 1908 Village Bandstand both completed major restoration and rehabilitation efforts supported by the community and three matching challenge grants from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Project (LCHIP). Both sites host programs during NH History Week, October 19-25. Photos: Linda Frawley 

NH History Week - Belmont Schedule 
Belmont Kicks Off History Week   Citizen 10/20/15
Heritage Commission News - November, 2015



Year in Review

2014
Revitalization, school changes, new police chief in Belmont  Citizen 01/02/15

2013
The Year in Review: 2013  Winni Echo 12/26/13

Belmont Water Department

In 1893 the Belmont Acquaduct Company constructed the municipal water system.  Three wells were dug on Windmill Hill and the reservoir was constructed with a capacity of 115,000 gallons. Water was conducted to houses through wooden (logs) pipes which were banded with iron. Late in the same year the town voted to purchase the assets of this Company for $9,000. Included in the purchase were twenty hydrants, 500 feet of hose, a hose carriage and fire fighting tools. 

Rhodes, Wallace P. with assistance and guidance of the Centennial Book Committee Reminiscences of a New Hampshire Town The Belmont Centennial 1869-1969



Fritz Wetherbee Visits Belmont

2013
A famous face visits Belmont  
Winni Echo 9/19/13

Former Belmont Postmaster Credited with Thwarting 1960 Presidential-Elect Assassination Attempt

2013 - The story is about the heroism of former Postmaster and community leader Thomas Murphy - widely credited as thwarting a 1960 assassination attempt on then President-elect John F. Kennedy.  Pauline "Polly" Murphy, his widow, provided family files and memorabilia for a Travel Channel History show, Mysteries at the Museum, shot on site in 2013 at the Belmont Public Library.  The segment interviewed veteran political journalist and author Jeff Greenfield, whose book "Then Everything Changed", brought the incident to light.

NH man was accused of 1960 JFK plot to blow up JFK  
Union Leader 11/17/13
A famous face visits Belmont   Winnisquam Echo 09/26/13
TV Show to tell story of Belmont man who planned to blow up JFK in 1960 & the observant postmaster who stopped him  Union Leader 09/19/13



Sharing Memories

2012
 Residents celebrate town's history at Belmont Bandstand  Citizen 7/26/12