At a Glance


Wed. October 5, 2016 – Gundalow Visit – School Tours
Wed. October 5, 2016 – Dover Gundalow Sail Benefit
Thurs. October 6, 2016 – Gundalow Visit – School Tours
Thurs. October 6, 2016 – Dover Gundalow Sail Benefit
Sat., October 8, 2016  Night at the Museum IV: Voices from the Waterfront
Sun., October 9, 2016 Night at the Museum IV: Voices from the Waterfront
Sat. October 22, 2016 – Antique Fire Truck Display, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun., October 30, 2016 – Gallery Talk: Pat Hardy, 1:20 p.m.

Sun. November 6, 2016 – Veteran’s Day Celebration
Sun. Nov. 27, 2016 – Dover Christmas Parade
Sun. Nov. 27, 2016 – Home for the Holidays Artisan Fair, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sat. December 3, 2016, Home for the Holidays Artisan Fair, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun. December 4, 2016, Home for the Holidays Artisan Fair, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat. December 10, 2016, Home for the Holidays Artisan Fair, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun. December 11, 2016, Home for the Holidays Artisan Fair, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat. December 17, 2016, Home for the Holidays Artisan Fair, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun. December 18, 2016, Home for the Holidays Artisan Fair, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Tickets Available! – Dover Gundalow Sail Benefit – October 5 or 6, 2016, 4-6 p.m.

gundalow2logo_gundalow_verticalAs part of its Centennial Season Celebration, the Woodman Museum presents two special opportunities aboard the historic replica gundalow Piscataqua on Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th from 4-6pm in Dover.  Come and see how river commerce used to rule this historic area, and retrace its celebrated water highway.  This once-in-a-lifetime occasion is the biggest Centennial fundraiser for the museum since its Gala celebration in July, and will support its goal to design and implement unique Learning Lab technologies on the historic Woodman Campus in Dover.  Tickets for this important event are $100 each – one dollar for each year that the Woodman has been serving the Seacoast community!  To purchase tickets go to Learn more.

This special event is sponsored by Chinburg Properties.

On View…Pat Hardy: Home and Away

Pat Hardy, Summer Garden, watercolor, 10 in x 10 inThe work of artist Pat Hardy is currently on view in the Thom Hindle Gallery (formerly the Keefe House Gallery) at the Woodman Museum. Pat received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Syracuse University, and studied in Maine at the Ogunquit School of Painting and Sculpture with renowned local artist John Laurent. She taught studio classes at Nasson College, Maine,  painted murals in private homes and public buildings through the Maine Arts Commission, and has worked for Anthony Moore Painting Conservation restoring oil paintings.

The artist will give a gallery talk about her work on Sunday, October 30, at 1:30 in the afternoon, open to all.

Image: Pat Hardy, Summer Garden, watercolor 10″x 10″

Gundalow Comes to Dover! – Student Visits – October 5 & 6, 2016

GundalowThe Woodman Museum, in collaboration with the Dover Children’s Museum, will be offering local students a unique opportunity to visit Portsmouth’s popular gundalow when it travels to Dover on Wednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6, 2016.

logo_gundalow_verticalAccording to executive director Wes LaFountain, “The Gundalow Company’s commitment to connect the region’s maritime history with contemporary coastal issues and the Woodman Museum’s mission to present programs that educate, excite, and inspire current and future generations make this visit an opportunity for our students to learn about the importance of Dover’s role in the changing natural environment.”

Night at the Woodman Museum IV: Voices from the Waterfront – October 8 & 9, 2016

nam-2016-river-image-smallerThis year, the Woodman Museum presents Night at the Woodman Museum IV: Voices from the Waterfront, along the Cochecho River waterfront in downtown Dover on Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9, 2016.

There will be 13 historical scenes presented during the tour and stories will be told about Dover’s  waterfront and “Landing” by historical characters that include a sea captain, mill workers, witnesses to the 1896 flood, local historians, and a President.

Volunteer cast members are needed. For more information, click here.

For information and pre-registration for tickets, call Wes LaFountain, executive director at  (603) 970.0227.


Antique Fire Trucks on Display – Saturday, October 22, 2016, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

hose cartCome see the Antique Fire Truck Display featuring trucks and other fire-fighting paraphernalia from Dover and surrounding areas, on Saturday, October 22, 2016 on the grounds of the Woodman Museum!  Free with museum admission.  Generously sponsored by Cumberland Farms and Kennebunk Savings Bank.

This hose cart, on view as part of the Woodman Museum’s permanent collection,  was used in the battle of the all-consuming fire at the Cocheco Manufacturing Company’s Mill #1 (now One Washington Center)  on January 26, 1907.

Veteran’s Day Celebration – Sunday, November 6, 2016, 12-4 p.m.

veterans-day-imageJoin us for this annual event. Open to the public, and free for veterans, this event runs from 12-4 p.m. The National Anthem will be played, and cake will be shared, as a celebration of our proud national heritage, gained through the sacrifices of so many brave men and women.

Historic Walking Tours – Saturdays 2016

20150530_142214 (2)Discover Dover, NH’s rich history told through stories of its settlers, industrialists, and merchant class while taking part in the 2016 Historic Walking Tours of the city. The tours offer participants an opportunity to explore the historic, social, cultural, and economic development of the area by choosing a physical location in which to explore – the downtown area;  historic homes and architecture; or the Pine Hill Cemetery.  Each tour runs for approximately 90-minutes, offering participants an opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest.

The 2016 Historic Walking Tours run through September, 2016.  The cost for each tour is $10 per person (includes one half-price admission pass to the Woodman Museum – valid during the 2016 season), $25 per family of four.  Reservations are suggested, but not required, and can be made by calling (603) 742 – 1038. Walking shoes and water bottles are recommended. For a complete schedule click here.

If you would like to become a volunteer tour guide for Dover’s 2016 Historic Walking Tours, please contact the Woodman Museum at (603)742-1038.



$45,000 Community Development Block Grant Received

WOODMAN front new sign_resizeThe Woodman Museum recently received a Community Development Block Grant of $45,000 from the City of Dover for its work on ADA compliance (Americans with Disabilities Act) across its four historic buildings.

The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates that public spaces are navigable by all audiences, including wheelchair accessible buildings and accommodations for these individuals. The Woodman Museum is making several efforts to make this possible across its campus, including the removal of barriers to each of the four houses (steps, steep grades and narrow walkways) and the building of ramps in accordance with federal guidelines. As a result, all audience members will have access to at least the first floor of all four Woodman buildings.

 Read more here.

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