Upcoming Calendar of Events


New Events 

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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:

Porch Party ! – We celebrated Summer with a Porch Party on July 30 from 3-5 p.m. We provided food and beverages, and lots of laughter and stories.

Annual Meeting – The annual meeting was in person this year on May 15th, with guest speaker Jay Barrett, who discussed History of Trains in the Upper Valley – Moving people, products in and out of Lyme.  Meeting began at 3:00 p.m. Lyme Academy Building with a short business meeting and then Jay’s presentation. Refreshments and exhibit viewing at the Lyme Historians Museum followed. 

Second Saturdays – We were so happy to be able to host these popular events this winter.  They were held 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.  hearing tales of Lyme from long time residents.  The informal setting was right for exchanges between our guest speaker(s) and the audience… lots of laughter and refreshments add joy to these events.

February – Brian Rich and family shared stories of growing up in Lyme that kept the audience laughing.

March 12 – Gary Dimick

April 9 – Ross McIntyre

Tree Decorations

December 4: Wassail Party at Historians.  Visit the Utility Club’s Annual Christmas Tree Event on the Lyme Common and the display of Nativities at the Congregational Church.  Enjoy the Holiday decorations, holiday music and our beautiful red sleigh!

Sept. 25:  Presentation by NH Barns expert John Porter in Congregational Church Fellowship Room, with your Q & Refreshments on Lyme Historians’ lawn and the Guided tour of Historians’ barn

Zoom event

Topic: Lyme Historians’ Schoolhouse Zoom
Time: Thursday Aug 6, 2020 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Though the museum in the Churchill-Melvin house is closed, other Historians’ properties will be OPEN, with all the COVID precautions in effect, on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons in August, as follows:

Barn open     Saturdays, Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29: 10 am – 1:00 pm  Our c. 1820 English-style  for walk-Barn open through exhibits of our collections of agricultural and textile preparation implements, as well as logging and woodworking tools.  In addition, take a look at how we used the funds from a  Lyme Foundation grant to shore up the barn’s foundation to ensure its future use and visitation by the community, including schoolchildren.  Park in the parking lot at the end of our driveway at 15 Main St.  Booklet ($5) and map ($1) for schoolhouses tour will also be available.

Sundays, Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30: 3-5:00 pm Chesley Schoolhouse, the only remaining one-room schoolhouse in Lyme that is unchanged since it closed in 1959,  open for viewing or hands-off visits by one family group at a time.  Recommended for children who can look but not touch this year, though the swings and see-saw are available with parent supervision only. Park on the grass alongside the red schoolhouse on Baker Hill Rd.  Booklet ($5) and map ($1) for schoolhouses tour will also be available.

Lyme Old Cemetery Tour,  3-5 p.m.  “The place everyone wants to visit, but no one likes to stay.”  Meet characters from Lyme’s past on a guided tour through the Old Plain Cemetery.

Annual Meeting Sunday, April 28 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lyme Academy Building – After a short business meeting  the film “Dynamite, Whiskey, and Wood: Log Drives on the Connecticut River”  was  shown followed by local Lyme logging experts providing comments and answers to your logging questions.

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NH Barn Preservation Review – May 2017- Barn Preservationist Richard Thompson gave 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.

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 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.

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.