100 Objects – Ann Elizabeth Allen Photo

AnnAnn Elizabeth Allen (1838—1915) married Charles Woodman, a wealthy widower with two small children, in 1856. The couple then moved to an 1818 Federal style house on Central Avenue. When her husband died in 1885, Annie Woodman was just 47. When she passed away at age 77 in 1915, she left the amount of $100,000 in trust for the establishment of an “institution for the promotion of education in science and art and the increase and dissemination of general and especially historical knowledge.” Along with the acquisition of the 1813 Hale House next door and the 1675 Damm Garrison which was moved on site, the Woodman Institute opened in July 1916.

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Historic Walking Tour Volunteers Sought

20150530_142214 (2)Dover, established in April of 1623 is the oldest continuing settlement in New Hampshire and the 7th oldest in the United States. Our history is rich with stories of our settlers, our industrialists and our merchant class. The Historic Walking Tour guides bring Dover’s past to life. Today, the Historic Walking Tour program is in need of additional volunteers. Please consider giving some of your time. To lean more, visit  the  Volunteer page.


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


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


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100 Objects – Sampler

14 year old Mary Wallingford stitched this 23” X 16” sampler in 1800 while a student at a highly regarded school for girls in Dover. Mary was the daughter of Rollinsford’s schoolmaster Amos Wallingford. Her teacher, renowned crewel artist Sophia Cushing Hayes Wyatt, also taught reading, writing, grammar, rhetoric, geography, …

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