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

    Your Grandmother Trusted Wright’s

    February 1, 2014 to June 7, 2014 -- Wright's Silver Polish From J.A. Wright Company's website: "While driving his buggy on a back road near Keene, New Hampshire, John A. Wright spotted a cow mired in a muddy bog. He enlisted a neighboring farmer to help free the hapless-and dirty-bovine. As the two men chatted, Mr. Wright noticed that the dark-colored mud on the animal's legs and flanks grew lighter as it dried. Wiping the mud from the cow's bell, he saw something remarkable: the metal of 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→