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Thank you for visiting our new site. We are working hard to bring you the history of our town through original documents, photographs and research.  

We would like to encourage anyone who may be "sorting their collections" to consider donating them to the Town's historical archives. If you have any historical questions, please feel free to contact us.  

New Durham’s Annual Civil War Encampment returns for its 19th Year

Young men with noble ideas and grand visions are some of the reasons individuals might have enlisted to serve and support the Union’s efforts. Have you ever wondered what recruitment tactics would compel someone to volunteer to enlist to serve for the cause? How did these rural boys become fit for service?

Company A 12th NH Infantry unit was raised in the towns of Alton and New Durham in August of 1862. This weekend’s living history event demonstrates the life of the soldiers: how they lived, what they ate and the training procedures necessary for these men to be fit for service.

Please join the Company A 12th NH Infantry, Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2 at the lovely site, on top of the Ridge, 16 Ridge Road, New Durham, NH. Saturday hours are 10:00 am to 4:00pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 2:00pm. This is a rain or shine event. The event is open to the general public and is a fundraiser for the Civil War Memorial Scholarship. Donations are greatly apreciated and will be applied to helping a student from New Durham with furthering their education beyond high school.

The New Durham Historical Society hosts this event. The annual bake sale table will be back with yummy homemade baked goods and beverages. All proceeds benefit the scholarship.

Cooking demonstrations, displays featuring information about New Durham’s role in the war of the Rebellion, through the Powder Mill and New Durham Railway Stations, and research about local boys who served, those buried in New Durham will be available for our visitors to see and experience.


We are thankful to the Cullimore family and to the members of Company A 12th NH Infantry for their ongoing dedication to supporting this annual event and the educational betterment of students from New Durham.


For additional information, contact Catherine Orlowicz at 603-859-4643. There will be signs along the roads.

Civil War Memorial Scholarship

The 2022 deadline for consideration is August 31, 2022, and all completed applications need to be mailed to the address listed on the application (download the latest version here).

The criteria for this scholarship, applicants shall be a resident of New Durham NH, and aged 17 to 22, and graduating senior from High school, or equivalent schooling, or a holder of a GED.  


A brief essay titled "How the Civil War has made a difference in the Year 2022", and a brief paragraph stating their reason for attending college and why they feel they should be the recipient of this scholarship shall be included with their completed application.

From all valid applications submitted for consideration, the Historical Society and the Charles Canney Civil War groups will review during the 2022 Encampment, selecting one recipient.  The encampment is scheduled for the first weekend in October.

Again, applications submitted on any earlier version of this form, and/or incomplete forms will be deemed invalid for consideration.

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Everyone is welcome to join and attend our events. Click here for more information on annual membership dues and meeting times.

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