Sugar Hill Historical Museum

 

SUGAR HILL HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Located beside the Sugar Hill village green (across from the old post office), this museum includes information of this scenic hillside town from 1780 to the present. Our campus consists of two barns, one main building, and the Reid-Burpee house adjacent to the Carriage Barn. The Carriage Barn is filled with tools, horse-drawn carriages, folk-style paintings of old Sugar Hill, and a Benjamin Morrill tower clock. The second barn, the Sleigh Shed, displays a vast and growing collection of historic public signs and sleighs, including one sleigh from the Bette Davis estate. It also garages the 1939 Ford fire Truck #2 given to the newly formed sugar Hill Fire Department in 1948 by Henry Crapo. This Ford truck, originally a farm truck, was retro-fitted by the firemen. When the museum is open, the fire truck magically appears on the front lawn.

The main building contains extensive photograph archives, a local history and genealogy library, the Cobleigh Tavern public room, a gift shop, and a unique main gallery exhibit which changes annually to reflect the history of sugar Hill’s people and places. The 2018 exhibit, It’s About TIME! features the museum’s extensive collection of timepieces through the ages. The Reid-Burpee house highlights a 1930s kitchen, an outdoor chicken coop, and a garden shed.

Open Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Memberships and donations are encouraged. Special tours may be arranged during the season. Contact Curator-Director Kitty Bigelow at 603-823-5275. Visit http://www.sugarhillnh.org/library-and-museum-sugar-hill-historical-museum/ and find us on Facebook at Sugar Hill Historical Museum.

Contact: Kitty Bigelow, Executive Director, PO Box 591, Sugar Hill, NH  03586

Phone: 603-823-5336 Museum

Email:kittyh41@gmail.com

Website: www.sugarhillnh.org/library-and-museum/sugar-hill-historical-museum/

Volunteers make a difference and we have the best!

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History:  The Sugar Hill Historical Museum began as a bicentennial project by a group of very enthusiastic residents who were concerned about creating a home for the history of Sugar Hill.

The original building was a schoolhouse moved stick by stick from the neighboring town of Easton to the present spot by the newly formed Sugar Hill Fire Department. In 1948, radiant heat caused a fire in the school, and the building eventually became a four-stall firehouse.

When the new fire department building opened in in 1975, the vacant building was renovated and reopened in 1976 as the Sugar Hill Historical Museum.

 

Cultural Statement:  Our purpose is to be an educational resource for the public through research, study, collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts that illustrate the history of our community.