January 11th, 2023

On this date, our usual monthly meeting yielded to the conferral on Rogene Porter of Brookline’s Boston Post Cane recognition. A resident of Brookline for the past 84 years, Rogene has celebrated her 97th birthday. 35 people were in attendance to honor their friend’s accomplishment. Rogene and her late husband, Delbert, have been active in and crucial to the BHS for many years. After some brief remarks by Rogene, we enjoyed exceptionally bountiful snacks, a small token of the group’s great fondness for Rogene. Congratulations to Rogene from us all. The normal stuff of a BHS meeting pretty much didn’t happen. A condensed version of a treasurer’s report indicated that operating expenses exceeded income, so we’re a little less flush this month. A nucleus of the usual suspects present met in an aside to decide on the project to enhance the rough-cut plank wall that is the background to the …

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Brookline Railroad Series Part IV of VII

The latest chapter covering the full, detailed history of the Brookline Railroad

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The Brookline Railroad Series

The Brookline Railroad Series chronicles the history of the Brookline, NH Railroad from its first incarnation to present day. This line was built by the Fitchburg Railroad and would later…

Hobart Blacksmith Shop

This history of the former Hobart blacksmith forge & shop and its many uses over the years.

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Nestled Here

Nestled Here is not an academic work. Reading it is more like sitting on a bench in front of the village store, chatting with an avuncular old-timer, and watching the traffic go by.

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Nestled Here Companion Index

Do you want to look up a family member, an ancestor, a friend, or even yourself in the pages of Nestled Here? Would you like to find every reference to a favorite place of yours, such as the Old Railroad Snack Bar, the Brookline Speedway, Daniels Academy Building, or a wildlife sanctuary? This comprehensive index of proper names and places is an indispensable companion to the town history.

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Consider becoming a member of the Brookline Historical Society!

Your membership will contribute to our cultural heritage for generations to come.

A group of Brookliners interested in town history formed the Brookline Historical Society in 1980.

A formal constitution and bylaws were established in 1981, and Articles of Agreements were filed with the state in 1982. The “Incorporators” in that document were Marcia Swift, Ann Webb, Sharon Lincoln, Marcia Farwell, Jack Andel. 

The organization’s objective was conservation of the history and historic sites and objects of the town of Brookline, New Hampshire.

The barn Project

The indefatigable Clarence Farwell first formally raised the issue of building an addition off of the back of the Barnaby House in 2005.  It was an idea which he, along with countless volunteer hours and generous donations from scores of people, would make a reality six years later.  In 2010…