Nutfield's 300th Anniversary

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2019 marks 300 years since the First Settlers arrived in the Nutfield Grant and established the community that eventually became the town of Derry.

Anniversary preparations are underway through the historical societies, libraries, schools, churches and other groups in Derry, Londonderry, and Windham. This page will describe these plans as they develop, and provide related resources and information.

Key Dates

Celebration activities will run over several months so that every group can conduct their own 300th activities without schedule competition. Initial thoughts for the beginning and end of the Nutfield 300th Celebration are:

  • Activities kick off at First Parish Church in East Derry (where the first settlers first settled) in April, 2019 (the First Sermon on April 12, 1719 is considered the founding event).
  • Activity conclude in conjunction with Londonderry Old Home Day, which runs the third week of August, 2019.

Nutfield Celebration Ideas

A growing list of brainstormed events and activities from various sources. 

Pantograph plate of the commemorative medal from the Nutfield 250th Anniversary. It was designed by Mrs. Patricia Verani of Londonderry, and struck by the Robbins Company of Attleboro, Mass. Each town—Derry, Londonderry, and Windham—had its own design on the other side. (Courtesy of the Derry Museum of History; donated to the Museum by Mrs. Diana Duval in loving memory of her husband Vernon Duval, who handled the entire coinage process for the 250th anniversary committee.)

  • Commemorative coin, ornament, or other keepsake
  • Illustrated children's book telling the Nutfield founding story
  • Highland games exposition
  • Regional culmination with joint fireworks etc.
  • Beard contest
  • Incorporation in local school curriculums
  • Parades, possibly multiple, in different communities and/or themed
  • Commemorative service and Founder's Day activities at First Parish in East Derry
  • History lecture series
  • Scottish clan gatherings
  • Ancestoral families outreach
  • Printed program(s)
  • Art show or contest
  • Enactments, of town separations, depictions of early life, military events, etc.

 

Articles and Info

Planning Continues for Nutfield Towns’ 300th Anniversary
March 25, 2016,  by Kaitlyn Woods, Londonderry Times

Londonderry’s Nutfield 300th Anniversary Committee members discussed recruiting representation from the other participating communities – Windham, Derry and Chester – and hosting a celebration over several months.
     Representatives from Windham’s Historical Society and First Parish Church in East Derry discussed with the planning committee at their meeting Monday setting tentative dates for the celebration and collaborating events in each of the communities. Read more ...

Early planning revs up for Nutfield 300th anniversary
March 16, 2016, by Eli Okun, Manchester Union Leader

LONDONDERRY — The 300th anniversary of Nutfield’s founding may still be more than three years away, but people in several local towns are kicking preliminary planning into gear.
     Londonderry, Derry and Windham — all of which derived, at least in part, from the original 12-mile tract known as Nutfield in the 18th century — have the beginnings of 300th-related endeavors underway.  Read more ..

Historic church, steeple will honor Nutfield's 300th
First Parish Church readies for anniversary in 2019
Jan 27, 2016, by Julie Huss, Derry News

When the area's original Nutfield settlement celebrates its 300th anniversary three years from now, one historic church will be ready.
     
First Parish Congregational Church will be a focal point for the celebration and is now undergoing major renovations projects and repairs. Read more ...

Committees and Groups

Derry Nutfield 300th Anniversary Committee

At the Town Council's January 5th, 2015 meeting, the Derry Heritage Commission proposed that Council vote to support the formation of a committee to coordinate and plan Nutfield 300th activities. The motion was made and unanimously approved:

Move that the Town of Derry form a Nutfield 300th Anniversary planning committee, chaired by the Heritage Commission. This committee will actively coordinate all interested groups and citizens in the area interested in participating in the Celebration, and return to the Town Council for reporting and budgetary requests.
Motion by Councilor Katsakiores, seconded by Councilor Bourdon

The Heritage Commission plans to return in early fall 2016 with a proposal for the charter and make up of this new committee, and to then formally begin preparations.

Londonderry Nutfield 300th Anniversary Committee

See the town website for committee members list and info

WINDHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY and Windham Museum

These groups are working together to first plan the Town of Windham's 275th Anniversary in August 2017.

Key points in the first twenty years of settling Nutfield.