Tour historical spots in town

  • The Kelley Corner School was the first one-room school in Gilmanton. Courtesy

Thursday, August 04, 2016

The Gilmanton Historical Society will host a tour of two buildings in Gilmanton’s first village, Lower Gilmanton, on Aug. 13 at 10 a.m.

The tour will begin with a visit to the Kelley Corner School, Gilmanton’s first school and the only one still owned by the school district.

The tour will proceed from the school house to the Baptist Church on Route 107. Along the way, tour guides will point out some of the oldest homes remaining in town.

The first settlers in town, Benjamin and Hannah Bean Mudgett, arrived in the winter of 1761 and established a homestead on Pancake Hill Road. Others soon followed, and a thriving village developed.

The school at Kelley Corner was authorized in 1778 by town meeting vote. It was the first of as many as 18 throughout the town.

The Baptist Church was organized in 1778 and the present building was constructed in 1842.

Submitted by
Carolyn Baldwin