Programs typically occur on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00pm, March through October at the Pierce Manse. Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

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September 28 

“The Taverns in Early New Hampshire”

James Garvin, architectural historian

In an age when travel was often dangerous and unpleasant, when roads were built by the labor of men and animals, and when safety and nourishment were essential for man and beast, the tavern offered shelter, warmth, and light after dark. It provided food for human and animal travelers, a place to impound the herds that once filled New England’s roads, a site for public, business and private meetings, and a rest and care for travelers who were sick or injured. This talk will describe the architectural features of tavern buildings and the varied functions that the tavern provided in early New Hampshire.

James L. Garvin served as the curator of Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth and the New Hampshire Historical Society, and for 24 years was the New Hampshire state architectural historian. He has authored, or co-authored, books on building history, New Hampshire tavern and travel, early furniture, and hand tools.

October 26, 2017

“Traditional New England and Celtic Folk Tunes”

The Fiddle Gals

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 10am

Wreath Laying Ceremony in Old North Cemetery. Official Remembrance of Franklin Pierce’s Birthday with N.H.Natl. Guard. Reception at the Manse to follow.

The Pierce Manse * 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane * Concord, New Hampshire * 03301 * (603) 225-4555

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