Historic Harrisville

P.O. Box 79
Harrisville, NH 03450

Erin Hammerstedt
Executive Director



Office Hours

Mondays 8:00 – 3:00

Tuesdays 8:00 – 4:00

Wednesdays 8:00 – 5:00

Thursdays 8:0 – 3:00

Fridays 8:00 – 3:00



Meetings & Events

Friends of Historic Harrisville Spring Meeting & Lunch
Saturday, April 18, 2020
10:00 a.m.
All are welcome

Friends of Historic Harrisville Fall Meeting & Lunch
Saturday, October 24, 2020
10:00 a.m.
All are welcome



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From the Archives: The F.M. Travis Collection

Fred Milan Travis

A few years ago, Historic Harrisville’s archives accepted an important gift of notable proportions: nearly 800 glass negatives—the entire collection—taken by Fred Milan Travis in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Working from his home in Chesham village, Travis reproduced iconic images of local landscapes and village streetscapes, some of which were sold as

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Pellet Boilers

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission awarded Historic Harrisville a $150,000 grant, through the Renewable Energy Fund Grant Program, in 2014. The grant was for the installation of three 350,000 BTU, wood pellet boilers in the Cheshire Mills Complex. Following the rehabilitation of the space outside the existing boiler room, and the construction of a concrete block bin to hold

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Preservation Timber Framing

The Trip Hammer Shop in the center back

Preservation Timber Framing, Inc. from Berwick, ME, is the same company that repaired Mill No. 1’s timber trusses and frame. They are now preparing rafters, tie beams, floor joists, and wall plates to carry out repairs to Building No. 3, the Trip Hammer Shop.

Tom, hard at work

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Watershed Year for Cheshire Mills Hydro Project

Cheshire Mills Rope Drive, 1938


On June 4, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order allowing Historic Harrisville Inc. to redevelop the hydroelectric capability that powered Cheshire Mills for nearly 100 years. The approval came in the form of an Exemption from Licensing, based on the fact that the project is small (under 5

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New Projects at HHI

In mid-December Historic Harrisville received good news on two fronts.

First, it was awarded a grant by New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) to rehabilitate the Trip Hammer Shop, the small two-story brick building at the southern end of the Cheshire Mills Complex. Built ca. 1844 or before, and purchased by Cheshire Mills in 1859, it is

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Remembering Rick Monahon

Duffy and Rick Monahon

On Sunday, January 27, 2013, Rick Monahon and his wife, Duffy, were killed in a tragic automobile accident in Hillsborough, NH, as they were returning from a day of skiing at Mount Sunapee. Rick was one of the major figures in the history of Historic Harrisville; much of the success and reputation of the

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The Eagle Hall Carriage House

The Carriage House cupola was removed for repair in Fred O’Connor’s worshop

Repairs to the Eagle Hall Carriage House have generated a lot of interest and many questions as to why Historic Harrisville chose to undertake the extraordinary measures necessary to keep the original structure standing rather than take it down. The bowing walls and sagging roof made

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40th Anniversary Campaign

By Jeannie Eastman

New copper roof over the porch at the Harrisville General Store

The mill village, we can modestly boast, has never been more beautiful. With major preservation projects completed, Historic Harrisville looks back over the past 40 years confident that the dream we dreamed in 1971 has mostly come true.

The innovative economic

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A Double Celebration: Historic Harrisville and Harrisville Designs Turn Forty

By Pamela White

Chick and Pat Colony

Nearly everyone who lives in or near Harrisville knows the Colony family, owners and operators of Cheshire Mills over several generations until its closing in 1970. In addition to eldest son, John J. (Chick) Colony III, many members of the family still live here and are part of the

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Historic Harrisville at 40 Years

By Chick Colony, Jeannie Eastman, and Linda Willett

Former HHI Chairmen: (l-r) David F. Putnam, Kathleen Bollerud, Mary Stewart Hewitt, Arnold Clayton and John J. (Chick) Colony III.

October 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of Historic Harrisville (HHI), the nonprofit public foundation that formed shortly after the closing of Cheshire Mills and which has, without doubt,

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