Epsom Historical Center, home to the Epsom Historical Association

The Epsom Town House built in 1850 replacing the old meetinghouse on Center Hill.

The Short Falls Covered Bridge and Grist Mill shown in an old colorized post card.

Epsom had 9 one rooms schools, the Mountain District is the oldest still standing, dating from 1834.

The old Meetinghouse was built by the Free Will Baptists in 1861, moved to this site in 2007.

Epsom Central School shortly after it was built, replacing the old one room schools.

The Epsom Public Library, building completed at the end of 2006.

A rare color photo of a train arriving at the old Short Falls Station, one of two Epsom depots.

Genealogy - Our database of Epsom Early Settlers includes over 47,000 individuals.

One of the oldest surviving homes in Epsom. Visit the History section on Historic Homes.


Welcome to Epsom History.com

The town of Epsom, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, was chartered in 1727 and soon after, the first 20 home lots began to be settled. Tracing these early settlers of Epsom evolved over the last decade to encompass this website, home to the Epsom Historical Association. The menu bar at the top of the page will guide you to the various sections of the website, and there are quick links to the more popular research areas on the right side of the page. For the best search results, click on Site Search in the menu bar, as there are different search boxes for various parts of the website. Whether browsing or researching, please sign our guest book to let us know of your visit.

Photos from Sept Program - Epsom's Early History

Members of the Epsom Historical Association met at the home of Ed and Glenna Nutter on Sanborn Hill Road on Sunday, September 14 at two pm for a special program. On display were some of the newer books on Epsom History made available by the Association for individual online ordering. Officers and members provided a wide array of refreshments including apple crisp and cider. The perfect weather made for a great social gathering of over 50 attendees, the largest number of people to gather for an EHA event in recent memory. Three mini-bus tours were made of East Street, stopping at the John McClary homestead for a tour with current owner John Atwood. The unannounced stop was enthusiastically received and proved a highlight of the day. Thanks to Ed and Glenna for hosting the event, officer's Harvey Harkness, Betsy Bosiak and Penny Graham, and other members for making this such a great event. Past Programs [...]

102 New Photos Added

The Roni Russell donated two scrapbooks, some loose photos and a photo album to the Epsom Historical Association that belonged to Tiny Palmer. The album and loose photos are online, making an album of 102 pictures. The proceedure to et the photos online is as follows: Each photo is scanned at a high resolution for the Association's archives, then resized to a lower resolution and in jpeg format for viewing on the web. Then each of the 102 photos is again reduced to a thumbnail and uploaded to the website so they can be perused and selected for viewing. An additional file is uploaded which supplies the captions for each of the 102 photo.. Scrapbooks [...]

New Book - "Slab City"

Slab City lies just below Center Hill and north of the Little Suncook River. Epsom by 1823 has 8 grist mills, 10 saw mills, 3 carding machines, three clothier's shops and four bark mills, many of which were on the Little Suncook River. With the first NH Turnpike running through Epsom and following the river, the area was prime real estate from 1800 to the Civil War. Mills were already established by 1750 and powered the early settlements and home lots on Center Hill. 'Slab City' presents many of the photos from the Epsom Historical Association, along with descriptions of the families who settled and ran the area businesses. 93 photos - 100 pagess. .. View All Books[...]

New Publication - New Rye's Early History

New Rye's Early History, the family homes and settlements to 1892, includes the original owners and proprietors and traces the families and home owners. Based on the property owners as shown on the town and county map of 1892, the genealogy of the familes and progression of owners are given.As is the other books in the series, nearly 120 images are highlighted from the Epsom Historical Association. Familiar family names include Haynes, Dolbeer, Cass, and Brown.There is also a brief account of the ice cutting operation. The book is dedicated to Charlie and Phil Yeaton. 120 pagesr, View All Books[...]

Civil War Diary Transcription Online

Thanks to the generosity of Al Bickford and family, a civil war diary was loaned to the Epsom Historical Association to be scanned as part of the organizations electronic archives. The diary belonged to Edwin Moses Sherburne (1840-1916), son of Capt. James M. and Betsey Chesley (Blake) Sherburne, who lived in the home currently occupied by the Bickfords. Edwin belonged to the 6th NH Regiment and was discharged Nov. 19, 1862 from Echington Hospital, Washington, DC for defective vision and hearing. The diary covers the year 1862. The original scans are online as well as the transcription. Our thanks to Al for bringing this important piece of Epsom history to the Historical Association. Read the Diary[...]