Historic Wakefield NH

Visitors and residents alike recognize the Garvin Building today as the location for Lino's Restaurant and a number of local businesses including an antiques store, law office and massage therapist. But years ago the building housed a general store and the offices and press for the Carroll County Pioneer newspaper. 

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The Wakefield Town Hall and Opera House was originally built in 1895 at a total cost of the town of $7,000. Of course, the project had many benefactors and volunteers who contributed time, money and materials well over that amount. John Sanborn of the Boston and Maine Railroad was among the project's key benefactors. Sanbornville was named in his honor in March 1895. Today, thanks to taxpayers' support, donations, grants and the tireless work of volunteers and members of the nonprofit group, Wakefield Projects, Inc., the Opera House has been renovated to accommodate theatrical and musical productions as well as public meetings. Renovation efforts continue this year, with work to offices on the first floor of town hall.

The Garvin Building

Wakefield Town Hall & Opera House

The Union Hotel

The hotel remained in use until 1939. In June of 1966 the building was purchased by the Burroughs-Drew Post of the V.F.W. until the sale to the Town of Wakefield. It is now serviced by the Greater Wakefield resource Center for community oriented programs.

The Union Hotel is a well preserved 19th century hotel, erected and operated in the railroad era of the mid to late 19th century and early 20th century. The Union Hotel was built for Robert H. Pike, near the Union railroad station, in 1855, soon after the arrival of the Eastern Railroad. The Union Hotel was one of three hotels built to serve the traveling public. Only two survived and the Union Hotel is the best preserved and most interesting.

Spinney Meeting House

On September 23, 1833, Captain David Spinney sold land in South Wakefield to the Second Free Will* Baptist Society for $8. Organized in 1831, the Society Meeting House was dedicated in 1835. This same year one of their own young people Joseph Spinney became their spiritual leader. This was a very active Union House and on March 30, 1876 the South Wakefield Baptists and Advent Union Society was formed. Baptists and Adventists met regularly at different times using their own door for entering. The Meeting House is on the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places.

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