Monday, July 5, 2010

Walking Tour of Hampton


In May, we took a walking tour of Hampton, NH with the Hampton Historical Society.

Town Seal

Europeans first called the area Winnacunnet Plantation in 1638, but it was renamed Hampton in 1639.

Lane Memorial Library
Built in 1910

The area supported a small village of farmers and fishermen thanks to extensive salt marshes which were great for grazing or making hay, and plentiful cod.

First Congregational Church
Founded in 1638 Built this church in 1844

The town did not have a deep water port, or much river power, so it did not develop an economy based on shipping or mills like so many other towns in the Seacoast.

Hampton Academy
Incorporated in 1818
Built this school in 1940

Many of the buildings in Hampton were moved as the downtown area shifted with the arrival of trolleys and railroads. Before electric wires, it was fairly common to move buildings.

What's that above the doorway?

A Gargoyle!

Faith Community Advent Christian Church
Built in 1871

Hampton is known today for its beaches. Tourism in Hampton began in 1840 when the railroad arrived.

It was interesting to visit a local town that has developed differently from many of the towns that had mills and developed along a more industrial path. Even small differences in geography can make big differences in how an area develops.


Julie said...

Thank you for taking us on the walking tour with you. It looks like a fun place to visit!

Lois Evensen said...

What a beautiful little town. Isn't it fun to think about the people who settled there, how they looked, what they wore, how they sounded, how they thought.... Fascinating. Thanks for the tour.

Sara said...

Good tour. When we were kids - we attended the Advent Christian church in Florida..

Delighted Hands said...

It looks like a great place to have lived-now or 200 yrs ago!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful buildings and gargoyle!

Theresa said...

What a perfectly frightening gargoyle! How true about geographic location making all the difference.

Nina said...

It's a postcard picture perfect town! I love gargoyles!

bspinner said...

Thanks for sharing!!!!

Am I the only one who wonders why anyone would put a gargoyle above their doorway? They are so ugly!

Sharon said...

I love your tours. I am grateful for historic preservation organizations that preserve these marvelous buildings for the rest of us!