The Historical Society of Cheshire County has been collecting, preserving, and communicating the history of Cheshire County, New Hampshire since 1927.  The Society headquarters are at the Ball Mansion, an 1870 Italianate structure on Main Street in Keene, New Hampshire, which houses featured exhibits, a research library, a museum shop, and a collection of more than 300,000 items from the region’s history.

The Historical Society also operates a period museum in Keene’s most historic house, the Wyman Tavern, which was built in 1762 by Captain Isaac Wyman.  The Wyman Tavern is open through the summer for tours, special events, and educational programs.

  • Making history come alive

    Red Sox fundraising trip Sep 25th

    Don’t worry about a thing, Cheshire County Red Sox fans, on Thursday September 25th the Historical Society of Cheshire County will travel to Fenway Park for its annual fundraising trip to benefit educational programs. This year the Society’s tickets are for the Red Sox vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. For Red Sox fans who would prefer not to deal with driving or parking in Boston, the convenience of riding down in a bus with the Historical Society’s group is a real benefit. Tickets are Continue Reading→

    Canvassing the White Mountains: Icons of Place

    Major sponsors: Markem-Imaje, Monadnock Paper Mills, and Bob & Jan Weekes In the summer of 1850 three young American artists “discovered” North Conway Village in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.  Benjamin Champney, John Casilear and John F. Kensett were drawn to the mountains by the work of earlier landscape artists who had endeavored to capture the beauty, scale and foreboding ruggedness of the mountain landscape.  Champney, a native of New Ipswich who had previously painted a Continue Reading→

    Wyman Tavern Awarded LCHIP Grant

    On January 6, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) announced that the Wyman Tavern was one of thirty-nine projects in New Hampshire to receive LCHIP grants.  The Wyman Tavern received an award of $50,000 towards the estimated cost of a $300,000 historic rehabilitation project.  The project will also include archaeological investigation at the site.  The LCHIP Board Chair Doug Cole of D.S. Cole Growers said, “The projects awarded grants Continue Reading→

    In the Shadow of Cedars, The life and times of a disgraced citizen soldier in revolutionary Westmoreland, NH

    “Late Sunday afternoon, May 19, 1776, Major Isaac Butterfield assembled 390 men under his command at the fort they had built on the north bank of the St. Lawrence River at a place called Cedars and surrendered them to British Captain George Forster…..” A new book by Charles Butterfield -- In the Shadow of Cedars, The life and times of a disgraced citizen soldier in revolutionary Westmoreland, NH Published jointly by the Historical Society of Cheshire County and Westmoreland Park Continue Reading→