Historic Wakefield NH

Antique Loom Demonstration & Presentation by Heritage Weaver Craig Evans​ - Aug. 16











​Heritage Weaver Craig Evans returns to the Heritage Centre on Aug. 16


     The public is invited to watch a master heritage weaver at work in the historic setting of the Heritage Centre at Wakefield Corner/Stage Stop Museum on Wednesday, August 16 beginning at 10 a.m. Heritage Hand-Weaver Craig F. Evans of Brookfield, who donated the antique Gage Family counter balance loom currently on display at the Heritage Centre, returns for a second presentation and demonstration at the loom. This event is free and open to the public. The Heritage Centre, located at 27 Province Lake Road at Wakefield Corner – and just a stone’s throw from the historic hay scales at the corner of Wakefield Road – is open for the season on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon until Columbus Day weekend.​

About the Loom

 The antique loom is a fine example of a typical, regional counter-balance loom, also known as a “Barn frame” loom, due to its construction technique of mortise and tenon joints.  The mortise and tenon joint is known for its strength and was the most common means of construction in the period represented. According to Evans, it dates somewhere between the last quarter of the 18th century through the first quarter of the 19th century.  It was removed from the barn of the John Gage house on Gage Hill Road in Wakefield – a residence locally known as “Gage Hill Farm.”  John Gage was a son of Moses Gage, who built the adjoining homestead first and was one of the early Wakefield settlers.  It is believed that the loom was used by the Gage family for domestic production of the typical linen, cotton and woolen textiles of the time. Evans purchased the loom from Elsie Johnson, former owner of Gage Hill Farm, in the mid-1990s. He donated the loom to the Wakefield Heritage Commission in the fall of 2016. 



Heritage Park Railroad Museum

Regular hours are noon to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, to Oct. 8

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Union Village Heritage Day, Saturday, July 29,  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come explore the village.


New Hampshire Garden Railway Society, July 29 & 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be an outdoor scale model display. See our cover story on the Home page! 


"Ice Harvesting in Wakefield"

Presentation by PhillipTwombley

Saturday, August 12 at 1 p.m. in Union Station


"The Railroad Telegraph"

Presentation by Carroll Shea, Jr. and Fred Cann

September 9 in Union Station

Time, TBA


October 8, last open day of the season, noon to 4 p.m.


Thanksgiving Weekend

Tour de Chooch

Sunday, November 26, 2017

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 

Directions


Heritage Park is located on the corner of Chapel Street, Railroad Avenue, and Route 125 in Union, To access the site from Boston and southern New Hampshire, take Route 16 North to the Union/Milton Mills Exit 18. Then turn right and head north about two miles to the first railroad crossing where the station is located. Parking is available at the station, freight house, and Union Hotel (Greater Wakefield Resource Center) up the street. To access Heritage Park from points north of Union, take Route 16 South the traffic lights in Union near the Irving gas station, take a right on Route 125, and within 3/4 mile the station will be visible at the railroad crossing. The park and exhibits are handicapped accessible and parking is available immediately adjacent to the station and freight house.

​Heritage park railroad museum 

The museum and gallery at the Heritage Center in Historic Wakefield Corner at 26 Province Lake Road in Sanbornville is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon through October 7.

Events 


Visit the H/O scale model of the 1909 era Boston & Maine Model Railroad in the restored 1875 Freight House. Heritage Park Railroad Museum is open Saturday and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m.

     Wakefield Heritage Commission member and docent Phil Twombley will give a special presentation on the history of ice harvesting in the Wakefield area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Please join us on Saturday, August 12 at 1 p.m. at Union Station to learn more about our town's history in the ice harvesting business. Two ice companies harvested and shipped ice from Lovell Lake with 16 to 20 train carloads heading to Boston and beyond every day.  Ice was harvested in the winter and stored in huge ice houses to allow for year round distribution. How cool is that!

Heritage Centre of Wakefield Corner

The Heritage Park Railroad Museum campus, which includes the Union Station, Freight House and 1902 Russell Snow Plow exhibit, a 1950s-era caboose, and, soon, a  Boston & Maine Railroad water tower, is open for visitation Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 p.m., from late June through Columbus Day weekend. 

Ice Harvesting presentation at Union Station - Aug. 12

Freight House

Blacksmith Shop

Located on Chapel Street in Union, is open by special appointment.

The Wakefield Heritage Commission welcomes you to visit its historic sites during the 2017 season. Most sites open weekends through Columbus Day. Tours for school and community groups and individuals can be arranged by special appointment. Contact the commission for more information.

Free admission, always. 

With sincere appreciation for your support,

Wakefield Heritage Commission