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You don’t have to travel to the big city to see a show or hear a variety of music. There’s also some old-fashioned, back-to-the-basics options like bingo and concerts on the town green.

Andover Historical Society
105/106 Depot Street
Open Memorial Day until mid-October
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
(603) 735-5628
The historic Potter Place Railroad Station, home of the Andover Historical Society contains an authentic stationmaster’s office, exhibition rooms and a gift shop. Kids of all ages will enjoy looking out the windows of the Northern Railroad Caboose.

Bradford Historical Society
Corner of Route 114 and Route 103
Saturday, 1:30 to 3 p.m., or by appointment or chance
(603) 938-5386
There’s a lot of history packed into a small space. Plan to visit in the summer; the heating system isn’t always turned on during the winter.

Croydon Historical Society
879 NH Route 10
August to October
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(603) 863-3099
The Croydon Historical Society is located in the historic Samuel Morse house. The interior is in its original 1800s condition — from the original pine flooring to the original paint. It was the home of Croydon’s only practicing attorney, Samuel Morse. Public tours and special events are held throughout the year.

Danbury North Road Schoolhouse Museum and Historical Society
Corner of North Road and Forbes Mountain Road
Open house: Sunday, May 4; Sunday, June 1; Saturday, September 6; Sunday, October 5
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
(603) 768-3603
Take a step back in time at this circa 1853 one-room schoolhouse museum with historical displays. Free admission and several events are held in June to support the museum.

Grantham Historical Society
Dunbar Hill Road
Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.
(603) 863-9701
Located in one of Grantham’s former schoolhouses, the Grantham Historical Society has seasonal displays available to the public. Walking tours and trolley tours are scheduled in the summer and fall months.

Hopkinton Historical Society
300 Main Street
Thursday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(603) 746-3825
The building is on the National Register of Historic Places, but what is inside is pretty spectacular. Exhibits, lectures and programs are offered frequently throughout the year.

Newbury Historical Society
Sherman Hall, Village Road, South Newbury
May through October
Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m., and by appointment
(603) 938-2892
Geneologists will delight in the records available for research, but there are no exhibits for tourists or visitors at this time.

Bell Cove Historic Caboose Museum
Route 103
Memorial Day through Columbus Day
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(603) 763-9146
Exhibit of historic railroad items from the Concord-Claremont line, which ran from the 1870s to the 1950s.

New London Historical Society
179 Little Sunapee Road
Sunday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. from Memorial Day through Columbus Day
Tuesday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. during July and August
(603) 526-6564
The society maintains a small village of 19th century buildings and a collection of horse-drawn vehicles, among many other artifacts. Year-round activities include dessert and lecture socials, school programs, an open house in early December, and other special events and exhibits.

Newport Historical Society
20 Central Street
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(603) 863-1294
The museum offers local artifacts and photographs; monthly programs on local history; assistance with genealogical research and a walking tour of downtown historical landmarks. Also visit the Little Red Schoolhouse on Route 10 in Newport; visitors are welcome on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. in July and August.

Sunapee Historical Society Museum
74 Main Street
Memorial Day through June: Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
July and August: Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
September through Columbus Day: Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
(603) 763-9872
The museum is located in the old Flanders-Osborne Stable, right in the heart of Sunapee Harbor. Learn about the history of the steamboats, the grand hotels and boating in Sunapee.

Sutton Historical Society
On the green in South Sutton
(603) 848-8898
By appointment only
Sutton is home to four historical landmarks, including the old schoolhouse, a meetinghouse, a church and a general store. Events are held throughout the year, and the buildings are typically open to the public during the Fourth of July and Old Home Day in August.

Upton Chandler House Museum
10 West Main Street
June through October: Tuesday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(603) 456-2461
Warner Historical Society events are frequently held in this house, located across the street from the Warner Historical Society’s main museum on 15 West Main Street.

Warner Historical Society
15 West Main Street
Year-round: Open Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
June to Columbus Day: Open Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
(603) 456-2437
Learn everything there is to know about Warner through the society’s programs and exhibits. Enjoy a treasure hunt; there’s a barn sale every Tuesday and Saturday from May to October.

Wilmot Historical Society
Wilmot Town Office, 9 Kearsarge Valley Road
Year-round: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Memorial Day to Labor Day: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; first and last weekends of month, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(603) 526-6384
Make an appointment if you’d like to learn more about the history of Wilmot.

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