The Farmington Historical Society is a historical society founded in 1949 in New Hampshire.The society operates the Henry Wilson Museum at the Goodwin Library. They’ve published Images of America-Farmington as well as a written History of Farmington, NH; both are available for sale at the library. Annual dues are $5 and their monthly programs are free and open to the public.

“The Historical Society does not maintain historical records of residents and families previously living in Farmington.  The Goodwin Library does have a few records from local cemeteries.  While we welcome questions of any kind, and will try to answer them as best we can, please contact the town offices and Goodwin Library first, if you are conducting genealogical searches.  They are more equipped to help you with your genealogy questions than we might be.”

“The native Indians called the area “Chemung,” meaning “canoe place.” When settlers arrived in the 1770s, it was known as the Northwest Parish of Rochester. Distance and rough roads made it difficult for these first families to travel to the established church in Rochester, although they were taxed heavily for it. This age old problem of taxation was the catalyst which caused the citizens to petition for a charter to incorporate a separate township of Farmington, and this was granted on December 1, 1798. The first town meeting was held on March 11, 1799, at the home of Simon Dame. The 141 voters present elected three selectmen: Idhabod Hayes, Lieutenant Ephraim Kimball and David Roberts. This form of government has been maintained, with the addition of a town administrator, to this day.” Visit their site for more Farmington History.


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