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Coming Events

May 25, 2017 - OBHS Annual Meeting and Members Opening: “Many Were Expert in Music”: Songs from the Forgotten Frontier

6:30 pm (Counting House)

 Come celebrate the opening of our new exhibit, Forgotten Frontier: Untold Stories of the Piscataqua. Join us for an evening featuring cakes, ale and an original performance of period song. John Kemp and Kathleen Curtin, formerly of Plimoth Plantation, will survey the place of music in the lives of English colonists, from sacred psalms to popular tavern tunes. Kemp assumes the role of Deacon Samuel Fuller to demonstrate a “simpling” of songs familiar to early English arrivals in the Piscataqua. For OBHS members; new members are welcome.

Imagining Ichabod Book Talk with Paula Bennett- April 30th at 1:00 pm - Counting House Museum

 Local Author Paula Bennett will be discussing her recently published book, “Imagining Ichabod: My Journey into 18th Century America through History, Food, and a Georgian House,” at the Counting House Museum in South Berwick.

The book, priced at $30, is hardcover with 60 full-color photographs and 25 adapted historic recipes. ORDER THE BOOK.

Bennett will share her story about how she and her husband, Harvey, came to own the Goodwin House, located in what is called the Old Fields part of South Berwick. They wanted to imagine, and to live to some extent, what daily life was like for the Goodwins in the 1700’s. They researched and explored the diet, décor, and activities of the early colonial times. 

Explore South Berwick's Historic Cemeteries Online

Looking for roots?  Want to explore a 300-year-old town?  Discover the stories within South Berwick's historic cemeteries, using the Old Berwick Historical Society cemetery database!


South Berwick's five community cemeteries span almost four centuries, from the 1600s to the present day.  Rich with history, they are peaceful, interesting places to stroll, as well as being a repository of historical facts and a means to honor hundreds of our veterans.  The Town of South Berwick provides only minimal maintenance for cemeteries. The Old Berwick Historical Society is therefore grateful to the volunteers who maintain these irreplaceable community landmarks. READ MORE.

SEARCH South Berwick graves and cemeteries on the Cemetery Database.

Francis Raynes The largest expansion of display space in decades at the Counting House, Village Voices occupies the historic second-floor hall. The exhibit chronicles 400 years of enterprise in the region through the lives of residents who have shaped key trades. 
Stories of six individuals who ventured out are presented using an array of historic objects, photographs and maps that illustrate South Berwick's economic transformation from 1630 to 2010: sawmilling, agriculture, shipbuilding and maritime trade, shoemaking and leatherworking, textile manufacturing, and small business.  The display will be on view permanently.


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Hike through History materials donated

The Old Berwick Historical Society has received donations of reproduction tinware and a beaver pelt from two New England craftspeople. READ MORE


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