100 Years – 100 Objects: Cast Iron Utensils

Cast iron kitchen itemsInside the Museum’s 1675 Damm Garrison, Dover’s oldest home, is an extensive collection of historical items, many from colonial times. Mrs. Ellen Rounds, a lineal descendant of the garrison’s original owners, donated not only the house, but also the majority of the artifacts which visitors can see inside today. Between 1887 and 1915, she collected over 800 household and furniture items to fill the interior spaces. She called them “precious mementos of ye olden time”.  These cooking utensils include cast iron pots and pans, kettles and baking tins, a large Dutch oven and a shovel-like baking peel to slide items in and out of the fire.

This highlighted item from the collection is featured in conjunction with the Woodman Museum’s Centennial Celebration. Each day, for 100 days, Foster’s Daily Democrat spotlights one of the many treasures on view in the Museum. To see each day’s new item, visit the website devoted to this series. This project is made possible with support from Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller, and Durkin, PA (BBCRD); Dupont’s Service Center; and Tasker Funeral Service.

Historic Walking Tours Begin Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

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 begin on Saturday, May 28, 2016  at 10:30 a.m., and run through September, 2016.  The cost for each tour is $10 per person. Reservations are suggested, but not required, and can be made by calling (603) 742 – 2218. Walking shoes and water bottles are recommended.

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.



Woodman Museum Featured on NH Chronicle Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7 p.m.

100 year largeBe sure to watch this recent  episode of WMUR-TV’s  NH Chronicle spotlighting the Woodman Museum and its Centennial Celebration!

One viewer commented: “I saw the NH Chronicle episode on the museum. WOW! My husband I will be visiting your museum for your July 23 centennial celebration. CAN’T WAIT! Looking forward to receiving [your newsletter]. My husband and I watch as many episodes of NH Chronicle as we can. It gives us information on places to visit in NH on our weekends off. We enjoy traveling, sightseeing, museums, & history.”  – AML

In The News

Thom HIndle and Wes LaFountail.The Woodman Museum was featured in an article by Kimberley Haas in the Union Leader on Monday, May 2, 2016. The article highlights items from the collection and discusses events centering around this year’s Centennial Celebration.  If you didn’t catch it, read the complete article here.
Photo: Thom Hindle, curator, and Wes LaFountain, executive director, Woodman Museum. Photo by Kimberley Haas

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On View: The Hand-Painted Photographs of Charles Henry Sawyer

The current exhibition, which is on view through June 5, 2016, features the hand-painted photographed landscapes of Charles Henry Sawyer (1868 -1954) in the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman Museum. Sawyer began his career as a newspaper artist for the New York Tribune but ultimately became known for his colorfully hand-painted photographs of New England landscapes. Sawyer worked as a photographer and photographic painter during the Golden Age of Hand-Painted Photography (1900-1940) using large wooden cameras and glass plate negatives to capture his images. Fifty Maine & New Hampshire images on loan from private collections are on display. and the exhibit is curated by John Peters, Carol Gray and Thom Hindle.
Image: Charles Henry Sawyer (1868-1954), Mount Washington, hand-painted photograph, Thom Hindle Collection


“The Woodman: 100 Years of Change” Exhibition & Centennial Gala

Thom HIndle and 100 year exhibitionA new exhibition, The Woodman: 100 Years of Change, curated by Thom Hindle, is on view in the Woodman House. This visual timeline of artifacts, documents, photographs, and other pieces is presented as part of the Woodman Museum’s Centennial Celebration.


Centennial Gala – Save the Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016

A celebratory gala commemorating the Woodman Museum’s 100year anniversary will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Join us for the many events and programs taking place in collaboration with this historic event!

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Learn About the Woodman!


Called “New Hampshire’s Best Kept Secret” by J. Dennis Robinson, Seacoast NH.com, the Woodman Museum, founded in 1916 by Annie E. Woodman, is dedicated to history, science and the arts. Read more


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