Self-guided historical tour of Francestown Sunday

Published: 6/3/2021 12:08:39 PM

On Sunday, June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Old Meeting House of Francestown, the Francestown Heritage Museum and the Beehive Museum of the Francestown Improvement & Historical Society will join together to showcase the town’s history in a free event.

“Frances' town” (the original spelling) was named in 1772 by Governor John Wentworth. The name honored Frances Deering, his beloved new wife. Subsequently the town experienced several expansions and declines but to this day remains a quiet, rural and quintessential New England town.

The tour starts at the Old Meeting House where free self-guided tour booklets are available. Visitors will then step out into the town common with its stately Town Hall (the old Francestown Academy), its horse sheds, Fairbanks scales, and its Heritage and Beehive museums (the Beehive was the dormitory for the Academy). Both museums will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. Take a look at the town’s historic treasures, then walk up Main Street and learn about the distant and not-so-distant history of Francestown’s graceful and elegant Main Street houses. Most prominent of the grand houses, located at the intersection of Routes 136 and 47 is 1 Main Street, the Levi Woodbury Homestead which was started in 1787. The tour booklet describes the relationship between Francestown and Woodbury, a successful politician and jurist. A few of his descendants still live or summer in town. In addition to the Woodbury homestead, thirty other houses are featured with brief histories and 144 Main Street will be open, selling hand-dipped candles made on site.

Staring at 5, the Francestown Village Store will have burgers and more available.

The History Stroll is part of the Francestown Old Meeting House “Sundays at 4” series. Every Sunday through Sept. 19, cultural or musical programs will be presented at 4 p.m.


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