Celebrate Stoddard 250 Bringing Our Community Together

Join Us in Celebrating Stoddard's 250th Anniversary Year Through Community Engagement

Exciting June Events Ahead

We’ve developed lots of programs for lots of different interests. June’s an especially busy month.

Here’s what’s coming next:

June 22: Upton Farm and Forest. Travel back to the mid-1800s and visit the Daniel Upton farmhouse, which has never been modernized. We'll enjoy corn cakes and coffee cooked on the historic wood stove, a tour of the farmhouse, and a hike to see remnants of the agrarian lifestyle of that time on the trails in the Upton Forest.

June 28th: Musical Historical Presentation Stoddard Town Hall, 7 p.m. Singer and storyteller Jazimina MacNeil will share the story of Stoddard musician Elbridge Locke. Several years ago, Jazimina was searching for local music and came across the story of Elbridge Locke, a Stoddard native who spent the Civil War writing and performing songs in Union Army camps across the country. Jazimina, a nationally recognized singer, will share Locke’s story and perform his songs. She will be accompanied by well-known local musician Gordon Peery.

June 29th - Pitcher Mountain Farm Day - Activities include an open farm day, historic house tour and open house at Butterfield House (the oldest house in Stoddard),and two hikes, one of them at sunrise.

CALLING SERIOUS HIKERS FOR JUNE 15 @ 9 AM

Join Glenn Stan, Steve Jacobs, Zach Pearl and others for a 5 mile hike (until approximately 2 pm) over moderate terrain with some challenging inclines, to go from Old Antrim Rd to Bacon Ledge to Trout Pond to Shedd Hill Rd. NO DOGS PLEASE. Enjoy nature. Learn about the geology of the land, some local history, and a bit about forest management. The hike will have lots of interesting things to see - cellar holes, geological points of interest and vistas as well as wildlife and forest management discussions with both Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and Andorra Land Managers.

Meet at the Charles Pierce Reservation gate on Shedd Hill Rd. If hiking with a partner, park one car on Shedd Hill Rd at the entrance to the Pierce Reservation and another on Old Antrim Rd.

Contact Geri Bailey geribailey103@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

FABULOUS FOLK & SOFT ROCK CONCERT JUNE 15 3-6 PM 1158 ROUTE 123 NORTH

After that hike you’ll be ready to sit. As will anyone who likes mellow folk rock music. The trio of Jonah Bobo and Brendan and Damon Smith comes to us from New York City, off the national tour of “The Simon and Garfunkel Story”, to serenade us with covers from James Taylor, Paul Simon, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, to name a few...

This is a benefit for the Stoddard Food Pantry, which welcomes donations of cash, check or purchased food items and toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner. Bring your beverage of choice and your own lawn chair. Fried dough will be for sale, and well as our Stoddard swag.

Hosted by Jeff and Sorrell Downing–thank you!

Sunrise Hike

Hike with us up to Pitcher Mountain Fire Lookout for a spectacular view of our town as the sun rises.

Our next Get To Know Stoddard Hike!

Society for the Protection of NH Forests (SPNHF): Old Antrim Rd to Bacon Ledge to Trout Pond to Shedd Hill Rd.

Join Glenn Stan, Steve Jacobs, Zach Pearo and others for a 5-mile hike with some steeper inclines. Moderate terrain with some challenging inclines.

Enjoy Nature. Learn about the geology of the land, some local history, and a bit about forest management.

Meet at the Charles Peirce Reservation gate on Shedd Hill Rd (the hike ending point). If hiking with a partner, park one car on Shedd Hill Rd at the entrance to the Peirce Reservation and another on Old Antrim Rd. Some shuttling options back to Old Antrim Rd. will be available. Hiking to Trout Pond and doubling back to Old Antrim is also an option.

NO DOGS PLEASE

Trail info and maps for the GTKSH that are on our schedule are on the town website. The quickest way to find the page is to go to stoddardnh.org and do a keyword search on the word TRAILS. Trail info and maps page will show up first on the results.

Celebrate Stoddard 250's second free Summer Concert!

This NYC based Trio of Artists are sure to entertain with Classic Folk Music and Soft Rock. Two of these performers are leads in the national production of "The Simon and Garfunkle Story" and two have original music released under their group the Brightmares. Their combined talents will cover greats such as James Taylor, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and more.
Bring your own lawn chair to enjoy the music.
Sorrell has arranged for Fried Dough to be sold (yum). Please feel free to bring other snacks and beverages.
The concert is free, however we are hoping to show support for our Local Stoddard Food Pantry so will be accepting donations. Donations can be Cash Check, Aldi Gift Card or purchased nonperishable food items or toiletries. Toiletries are often in need (toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner etc.).
A local vendor will be selling shirts to benefit the Food Pantry.
Don't forget to bring and get your passport stamped!

Butterfield House Guided Tour

June 29 10:30 am

As part of Pitcher Mountain Farm Day, Butterfield House, one of the oldest in Stoddard and located across the road from the farm, will be open to visitors. A guided tour with limited space will happen at 10:30; you must pre register. Reserve your slot by clicking Register Here below.

(There’s an open house from 12-2 for those who cannot attend the house tour.)

Get To Know Stoddard Hikes

Celebratory Paddle at Robb Reservoir 9 a.m. to noon July 6th

Calling all birders, paddlers, and history buffs! Join Phil Brown, Alan Rumrill, and Geri Bailey for a leisurely paddle through one of the most diverse ecosystems in New England, where we'll look for eagles, turtles, herons, and more. Afterward, we’ll discuss the remarkable human and conservation history of the 1,750-acre Robb Reservoir reservation, which was once home to hayfields, mills, and a glass factory – and which nearly became an 82-home subdivision. Bring your own canoe or kayak, binoculars, and a PFD for each person in your boat, and come prepared for sun and biting insects.

THIS EVENT IS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HARRIS CENTER AND REGISTRATION IS ON THEIR FORM

Flash Store!

Order your custom Stoddard hoodies and tee shirts by June 16th!

This flash store, in partnership with BULLDOG DESIGN in Keene, will be open for a short ordering period until June 16th at midnight. Orders will be produced together at the end of the sale.

Choose from a range of colors and sizes, including youth options—all featuring the exclusive embroidered Stoddard 250 logo.

All items are custom-made so returns are not available.

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About us

Celebrate Stoddard 250 is a community initiative dedicated to bringing together the residents of Stoddard, both permanent and summer, to celebrate the town's 250th anniversary year. Our goal is to foster community engagement and appreciation while showcasing the rich history and bright future of Stoddard.

Shop and Support

All orders will be available for pickup at the Davis Public Library in Stoddard
Get Involved

Historical Society- Are you a member of the Historical Society, which is the sponsoring organization for everything that’s happening this anniversary year? While programs are generally free and open to the public, members who pay dues of $20 per person per year provide the money to maintain the historic structures (which receive no tax money) in the center of town.  Bring a check to any Historical Society program, or mail your check to 

PO Box 860  Stoddard NH 03464.

 

The Society also needs more directors to help present its work.  Meetings are few; duties mostly consist of planning interesting programs for the year. Become part of the inner circle by contacting Steve Worth, President,  

sbworthmail@gmail.com to learn more.

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Let's Come Together to Celebrate Stoddard's Rich History and Bright Future.

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