I have returned home from my sojourn in Cornish Flat, NH helping out my daughter and her family for the last three weeks. My husband joined me there on Thursday last and we drove home in two stages Saturday night and Sunday morning arriving shortly after 2 o'clock.
Saturday morning we were fortunate to be in Cornish in time to visit the Cornish Historical Society that is open very irregular hours. In the years Emily has lived there this was her first visit to it.
Joining Tuesday Treasures because the small building was filled with them.
The story we were told was that the safe that kept all the township records was quite heavy and the three elected selectman for the township got tired of toting it from place to place, so this brick building was built to hold the safe. Later the addition you see in the back was put on to serve as the township jail.
The building now houses quite a mix of things, from books about Cornish to books written by Cornish authors (J.D. Salinger of Catcher in the Rye was one of them) to all sorts of historical mementoes donated by residents. This is one such donation.
D.H. Hilliard was a gunsmith in the 1900s.
One of the prize possessions at the Historical Society is this musket fired in the battle at Concord, MA as the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
Dan is holding it and he is 6'3" so you can see how tall it is. He said it was quite heavy too.
Here's the Historical Society member putting it away. He didn't show us the other rifles in that closet.
Here's the uniform of a Civil War officer, last name Chase.
I think he was a relative of the gentlemen below.
Lots of medals.
A Civil War canteen or so the card says.
An unknown soldier of the Civil War.
The Historical Society has their stuff stashed in various places in the township. When I asked about old photos that may show my daughter's house long ago he said there was an exhibit in the township offices. Of course those offices were not open that day. Save that for another trip to Cornish, NH.