Upcoming Calendar of Events


First Saturdays — Come and hear from your neighbors who grew up here: What was it like in Lyme in the “old days?” THIS MARCH: Don and Julia Elder.   Saturday, March 2, 11:00-noonish.  Come listen, ask questions, laugh and enjoy!  Tea, coffee and treats available.  Bring your knitting!

Ongoing events include:

Cellar Hole ProjectA long-term project of the Lyme Historians to locate and document the cellar holes and other abandoned stone structures found within the boundaries of the Town of Lyme.   To learn more please go to Cellar Hole Survey Project.


Some past events include:

Annual Meeting April 29, 2018 3 p.m. – Short business meeting followed by an illustrated talk : Garrett Dash Nelson, post-doctoral fellow in Dartmouth’s Dept. of Geography. “Lyme’s Landscapes: How People and Places Shape Each Other.”

NH Barn Preservation Review – May 2017- Barn Preservationist Richard Thompson 20. RT talking, w_ RM, Allan N., Lara, (TT in bg) - GOODgave a walk-through assessment of our barn.  Several Lyme Historian Board members were present asking questions, taking notes and enjoying the whole day.


Annual Meeting  April 30, 2017 3:00 p.m. – Business meeting to review the past year and vote on new officers followed by Historic Meetinghouses in New England.  Guest Speaker – Paul Wainwright, historian, photographer, author, and NH resident.   Paul takes photos with a vintage camera using glass plates.

Open House  November 2016 – Celebrating the opening of the new Lyme Historians’ home in the Churchill-Melvin House.  While still in transition, we welcomed the public to see our new home.

Annual Meeting  April 2016 – Guest Speaker – Michelle Arnosky Sherburne, author of Slavery & The Underground Railroad in New Hampshire.  Michelle is a Vermont historian and has spent several years researching the Underground Railroad and the Civil War. She is a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines and co-authored A Vermont Hill Town in the Civil War: Peacham’s Story.  Michelle has been researching underground activities in Lyme and has found very interesting activities by our Lyme families!

Lyme Historians River Ramble – September 2015 – Lyme Center Academy Building – Guest Speaker – Adair Mulligan, presents “The Connecticut – New England’s Great River”.  Saturday  All day – Events, tours, music, food, and an amazing Connecticut River.  All weekend – Walk, bike or drive Lyme’s River Road to identify significant sites, which will be numbered.

Lyme Historians Annual Meeting – May 2015 – Guest Speaker – Steve Taylor, spoke about 19th century welfare in Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers.

Country AuctionSeptember 2014.   Proceeds benefited renovation of Lyme’s historic horse sheds.

Lyme Center Walking TourJune 2014. Self-guided tour of Lyme Center village, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The booklet, “Historic Lyme Center,” ($5) was your guide for the tour. Four interiors were open: Baptist Church (1830) , Academy (1839), and houses at 173 and 175 Dorchester Rd.


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Lyme Historians Annual Meeting – May 2014 – Guest Speaker – Adair Mulligan, Lyme Historian, gave her NH Humanities Council presentation on the mysteries of cellar holes.

Civil War Encampment – August 2013 – The re-enactors of the New Hampshire 6th Regiment, Company E, presented a living history weekend with camp tours, scheduled drills, demonstrations and more.  In conjunction with the encampment, the Historians also sponsored a Civil War Musicale, the re-dedication of the Civil War monument, and a cemetery tour of Civil War graves.


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Lyme Historians Annual Meeting – May 2013 – Guest Speaker – Mike Pride, New Hampshire Historian and author of “Our War”,  stories of Civil War death, love, bravery and survival including a Lyme officer’s great escape.

Early Technology Exhibit – December 2012- Exploring the early technologies on display at the Lyme Historian Museum.  Featuring cylinder records and the treadle sewing machine.

Lyme Schoolhouses Tour – September 2012 – A fun filled day of one room schoolhouses, remembrances, Chesley Schoolhouse skit and driving tour of Lyme Schools.

Lyme Historians Annual Meeting – May 2012 – Guest speaker Robert Thorson, PhD provided  fascinating  information about the cellar holes and cemetery in what is known as Tinkhamtown area of Lyme!  His talk titled “Cyrus & Betsey Tinkham’s Home Farm”  included maps and photos  of Tinkhamtown dating from the spring of 1992, readings from a draft book completed on 9/11/2001.