March 20th, 2024

Meeting minutes

Thirteen ‘Liners managed somehow to drag themselves from the security and comfort of their abodes to meet this evening a la maison de Barnaby: Judy and Peter Cook, Bob Canada, …
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Mark Fountain mural

February 21st, 2024

Meeting minutes

Valentine’s Day sentiments prevailed over the lust for local history, so this month’s meeting was moved from the second Wednesday of the month to the third. That didn’t deter one …
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BHS Open House 2024


About 90 people paid the BHS a visit during its open house on January 20. Thanks to the culinary talents of mostly the fairer members, all visitors left a tad bit …
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Meeting minutes, December 2023

January 10th, 2024

Meeting minutes

Present and accounted for were Gina Bent, Kim McClure, Bob Canada, Vicki and Jim Pope, Chris Corey, Mark Fountain, Annette Quimby, Tim Austin, Webb. Any remaining folks were either unaccounted …
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A cigar box electric guitar made by Shawn McCadden of Brookline


It was widely rumored that there was a certain one-of-a-kind, electric, cigar box three string guitar, made by a Brookline master craftsman, Shawn McCadden. His remarkable handiwork can be seen …
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January 20, 2024 – Open House

Events, News

Did we really have a Town Moderator who was jailed by the Patriots (not the football team)? Is it true that a local scuba diver would cut a hole in …
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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…

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Nestled here

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.

from – Dustjacket

Parker index

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.

– back cover quote

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…