HISTORY - Goffstown Historical Society

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A Brief History of Goffstown, New Hampshire

History of the Goffstown Historical Society

A Brief History of Goffstown, New Hampshire
This town, as part of Massachusetts, used the names Narragansett Number 4, Piscataquog Village, and Shovestown before installation of the NH provincial government.. Goffstown was incorporated June 17, 1761. It includes the villages of Grasmere, Goffstown Village, and Pinardville. The town is named after Colonel John Goffe, an early settler, soldier, and civic leader. The town of Goffstown is 37 miles square, and is located in Hillsborough Co., New Hampshire.The first settlement was on the north bank of the Piscataquog River in what is now Grasmere Village.

Links to more History:
- Description of Town of Goffstown, brief history and photographs - Official Town of Goffstown web site
- History of the Bicentennial Quilt (of the Goffstown Historical Society)
- TXT file
- Brief History of Early Goffstown
- Article: The "Pine Tree Riot" -
from NHPTV
- History of Pindardville Web Site
- Famous Goughs/Goffs and Places Associated With Them
The Dodge Family Association - includes information about the Dodge family of Goffstown.
- Pinardville NH History
- History & Genealogy of Goffstown NH

ALSO SEE the Virtual Library on this web site

History of the Goffstown Historical Society

The Goffstown Historical Society was organized November 16, 1969, and incorporated on November 19, 1970.

The Parker Building, housing the Museum of the Goffstown Historical Society, was used by William Parker in 1804 as a general store and carried on the business until his death in 1839. He was succeeded by his sons, John M. and David A. Parker who continued the mercantile business as the J. M. and D.A. Parker Depot Store until 1872. Goffstown West Village was developing as an economic, political and social center, so the brothers moved the general store easterly to the village area. Parker Brothers' Store continued in business on Main Street In Goffstown, under the brothers and their descendents until the 1960's. The Depot Store building, at Parker's Station, was used for storage and provide housing for the Parker farm workers and to provide accommodations for occasional drovers and loggers traveling on business.

After Mrs. John E. Parker organized the Neighborly Club, a literary and social group of ladies in the Parker Station area, the building served as their club house. The ladies supported and maintained the building by serving public suppers, hosting the annual lawn party and summer concert, an event which was eagerly awaited by the entire Goffstown community. In addition, the building was rented out to community members for large scale social functions as a further means of gaining funds. By the mid 1960's, the maintenance of the entire building created too great a strain on the dwindling membership and financial means of the Neighborly Club and the club house reverted to the John E. Parker family. John E. Parker, working through his daughter, Ruth Parker Henk, contacted the Goffstown Historical Society to see if the Society would be interested in the building as a Society headquarters and museum.

In 1974, the Parker Building was dedicated as the Goffstown Historical Society.
In 1980, the Parker Building of the Goffstown Historical Society was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Reportedly the Parker Building is Haunted
..... Is it true?
Visit us and let us know!
- Whispers, rumors, legends and stuff we heard - Hippo Press
- Haunted Places in New Hampshire - NewHampshire.com
- More Haunted Places in New Hampshire - Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society

Purposes of the society as stated in Constitution:
1. To promote interest in the history and development of the town of Goffstown.
2. To discover, collect, preserve and interpret materials which will establish and illustrate the history of the town.
3. To make this information available through publication, public meetings and exhibits.

This web site was created as a gift to the Goffstown Historical Society by a descendant of the Tuttle and Worthley families (early settlers) to honor the memory of Geraldine (Smith) Hart Moss.



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