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Jackson Historical Society

23 Black Mountain Road
Jackson, New Hampshire 03846

. . .keeping the past alive

Who We Are

Formed in April 1977, the Jackson Historical Society helps preserve the history of Jackson, New Hampshire. The Society maintains collections of historical artifacts, maps, books, and documents.

JHS location in Old Town Hall

It also features 19th century art of the White Mountains with a permanent collection of paintings as well as an annual show and sale of White Mountain art.

The Society is located in the former Jackson Town Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a non-profit, membership-based organization led by a dedicated group of volunteers who strive to preserve and remember the past.

Come Visit Us!

We hope you will visit our historic displays, use our archives for your research, and enjoy our 19th century collection of White Mountain art.
We are open on Saturdays and Sundays from: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

Come Join Us!

Become a member by clicking here or become a volunteer by clicking here.

Items to Note

Reprinting of A History of Jackson

The reprinting of Alice Pepper’s A History of Jackson New Hampshire 1771 – 1940, written in 2015, should be available in early May. This 200+ page quality printed book should be a “must have” for every Jackson property owner, inn, and rental property. The new edition has a lengthy index prepared pro bono by Dan Connolly of Word for Word Book Services, making it a more useful reference book.

The hard cover is cranberry linen with a gold title and sells for $60. The soft cover edition sells for $45. If you previously indicated that you wanted to reserve a book, you will be contacted. We will have a book signing event in May. If you would like a signed book, please send a check made out to the Jackson Historical Society, PO Box 8, Jackson, NH 03846, and say how you would like it signed and if you want a dedication. Once we have the books, Alice will start signing them as payments arrive. If you have the 2015 edition and would like an index, we can email you a PDF file of the index. Request this from Jackson Historical Society.

Current Events

Art Sale

The 21st annual White Mountain Art Sale is now running. There are over 60 items from private collectors, primarily 19th century paintings, but also contemporary paintings and memorabilia. Items are available for purchase as they arrive, so check the catalog often. The art sale will continue through the holidays. Paintings come and go frequently.
The art sale is the Society’s major fundraiser. The consignor of a painting gets most of the sale price, but our small commission has paid for investing over $250,000 renovating the Town Hall; over $50,000 to dismantle the Trickey barn, which the Town was going to demolish to make way for the Whitney Center, then donating the timbers to the Library; paying for the chairs in the Whitney Center; paving the parking below the Town Hall before we were tenants; and many other projects.
Please contact info@jacksonhistory.org to consign artwork or learn more about the ongoing sale. Visit the Art Sale page to find out what items are for sale.

Upcoming Events and Talks

Katharine's Remarkable Road Trip: May 19, 4:00 p.m.
Katharine Prescott Wormeley

Gail Ward Olmsted, a distant relative of Frederick Law Olmsted by marriage and a former marketing executive and a college professor, will be talking about her upcoming book, Katharine's Remarkable Road Trip. This is the story of Katharine Prescott Wormeley (1830-1908) who, in the fall of 1907, decided to drive from Newport, Rhode Island to her new home in Jackson, New Hampshire. Despite the concerns of her family and friends that at the age of 77 she lacked the stamina for the nearly 300-mile journey, Katharine set out alone. Over the next six days, she received a marriage proposal, pulled an all-nighter, saved a life or two, crashed a high-society event, met a kindred spirit, faced a former rival, made a new friend, took a stroll with a future movie mogul, advised a troubled newlywed, and reflected upon a life well lived: her own!
The book is historical fiction, but the real Katherine Wormeley had three homes in Jackson on Thorn Hill Road, one being the Inn on Thorn Hill building (before it burned). A book signing will follow the talk.