The John Parker Hale House was built in 1813 by John Williams — the “captain of industry” ‘who started the Dover Cotton Factory in 1812, it became the home of famous abolitionist and U.S. Senator John Parker Hale in 1840. Acquired by the trustees in 1915 from Hale’s daughter Lucy, it now houses the museum’s varied historical collections, art and period furniture. If you find you need more time to pour over the more than 1000 artifacts on the first floor alone, consider a membership and come back often.
Welcome to the annual Summer Sampler at the Woodman Museum. This event is a market day that includes a sampling of fine arts, crafts, music, foods and demonstrations. It is a fundraiser to assist the Woodman Museum with the preservation of their collections, the history of Dover, NH and the region.
Farmer’s Market: $40 (in a designated area)
Food Vendor: $75.00 (see form for details)
The Woodman is now open for its 98th season. The museum staff was busy during the winter months arranging some new exciting exhibits for the 2014 season that includes a scouting room filled with early Girl Scout, Campfire, Brownie, Cub Scout and Boy Scout items from the 1930′s through the 70′s and 80′s. The Keefe House carriage barn is officially open and displays a rare Pontiac wagon, sleighs, a blacksmith shop, ice harvesting tools, walk behind plows and an original Merry Mac sailboat built by Dover’s Ned McIntosh.
Choose an elegant setting for your next business meeting or social event. The 1825 Keefe House is available for business breakfast meetings, seminars or an evening wine & cheese event with clients or business associates. We can provide catering, AV and private guided tours for a unique event.
Immediate families of a military member currently deployed and away from home are welcome to visit the Woodman Museum for free. All active military members home on leave are invited to visit and have a unique museum experience with family members…bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the museum grounds before or after your visit. We recognize the hardships when mom or dad has to be away from their family and how exciting it is when they are able to come home on leave.The Woodman Museum is a fun and educational family museum experience for all ages.