OPEN FOR THE SEASON
OPEN MAY 27 through through OCTOBER 10, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays 11 AM to 3 PM
2016 Exhibit TEXTILES
SUGAR HILL HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Contact: Kitty Bigelow, Executive Director, PO Box 591, Sugar Hill, NH 03586
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.
Activities: What will a visitor expect to find at the Sugar Hill Historical Museum?
Our campus consists of two barns and one main building. The Carriage Barn is full of tools, horse-drawn carriages, a Benjamin Morrill tower clock, and a reproduction of a wood-fired stove and kitchen.
The second barn, the Sleigh Shed, displays our collection of public signs and a variety of sleighs. 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 retrofitted by the firemen. When the museum is open, the fire truck magically appears on the front lawn.
The main building contains a photograph gallery, a local history and genealogy library, the Cobleigh Tavern, a gift shop, and a unique main gallery exhibit which changes annually. The main gallery theme is always chosen to reflect the history of Sugar Hill’ s people and places. Textiles – The Clothesline will be the focus of the 2016 exhibit.
Major museum events for 2016 will be the Antiques & Treasures Appraisal Day on Saturday, September 24th and Autumn Auction on Saturday, Oct 1st. Both events will benefit the museum.
Admission to the museum is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, May 27 to October 10. The well stocked gift shop sells the museum’s self-published books, antiques, jewelry, seasonal items, and many items crafted by local residents.
For large groups, special tours may be arranged.