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Town kicks off 250th anniversary celebration

  • Rindge celebrated its 250th anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 with a reading of the town's charter. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Rindge celebrated its 250th anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 with a reading of the town's charter. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Rindge celebrated its 250th anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 with a reading of the town's charter. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Rindge celebrated its 250th anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 with a reading of the town's charter. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Rindge celebrated its 250th anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 with a reading of the town's charter. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Rindge celebrated its 250th anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 with a reading of the town's charter. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Rindge celebrated its 250th anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 with a reading of the town's charter. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, February 12, 2018 5:41PM

The town of Rindge kicked off its 250th anniversary celebration on Sunday with a reading of the town’s charter.

The charter was read by Rev. David Jadlocki of the First Congregational Church in the sanctuary of the Meetinghouse to a crowd of over 50 people. 

“When the townspeople who were gathered in this vicinity wanted to create a town and petition the King of England for a town, the first responsibility they received was they needed to build a house of worship in a meeting house. This congregation that exists today is the descendants of that gathering,” said Jadlocki, before reading the charter.

Selectwoman Roberta Oeser – donning period clothes – also spoke, telling the story of the finding of the town’s charter.

“The charter was non-existent basically, nobody knew about it,” said Oeser, who said the document was found in 1996 in a town vault.

After finding it – the document was folded up in the corner of the vault – Oeser said the document was in bad shape and needed to be restored.

With no support from the town’s selectmen at the time, a fundraiser was held to restore the document. There are now five copies and a digital negative, according to Oeser. 

“I think it’s just amazing that we actually have the original document,” said Oeser. “Not too many towns do. They just disappear, they deteriorate so badly.”

This will not be the only event this year celebrating the town’s 250th anniversary. 

The next scheduled event will happen at Ingalls Memorial Library on Friday, Feb. 23 at noon. 

Titled “The Meadows Below Observation Hill,” a short slide-show presentation will showcase the of the north end of Main Street.

On April 29, there will be a tour of old and historic buildings in town. Tickets can be purchased at the Meeting House, library, of Historical Society. The last stop will be Hunt’s Castle. 

On June 30, there will be a Great Crate Race, softball game, and fireworks.

The Rindge le Tour de Common 5K/10K race will be held on Aug. 4. There will also be a one room school house reunion and exhumation of the 1968 coffin on the common on that day. 

The celebration will culminate in a 250th anniversary parade on Aug. 11. 

More information on all events can be found at the Rindge250 Facebook page or rindge250.org. 

The Rindge 250 Committee  is looking for volunteers for the  crate race and the parade. Contact rindge250@gmail.com for more information.