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Genealogy Series: Downtown Derry Historical Walking Tour

Let’s peel back a layer of history and look at downtown Derry prior to 1950. Where was Young’s Block and when was Veterans Memorial Hall built? Where was Tappan Robie’s blacksmith shop and where did Hattie L. Smith design and sell her hats? Where was William Hobdy’s shop and why did Stonecutter Moore punch a fellow from Lynn at the train station in 1890? Join this walking tour to find out.



Forest Hill Cemetery Tour: Industrious Derry

Welcome to the Industrious Derry Cemetery Tour, where we’ll take a walk and explore the workers of Derry’s past. Join Erin Robinson, of the Derry Public Library, and TJ Cullinane, of the Derry Heritage Commission, as we discover the resting places of blacksmiths, doctors, milliners, teachers, librarians, and more. We’ll keep an eye out for unique iconography and uncover the history of Derry’s shoe industry as we stroll.

Genealogy Series: Cemetery Walk

Join us for an evening walk through the graveyard with Erin Moulton Robinson (Derry Public Library) and TJ Cullinane (Derry Heritage Commission) as we explore symbolism, craftsmanship, local legends and luminaries from long ago. We promise to send you home before the sun goes down!

This event will take place at the Forest Hill Cemetery. Navigate to Taylor Library (49 East Derry Road) and drive between the Taylor Library and First Parish Church to access the entrance.

William Hobdy Day

Come celebrate William Hobdy, ragtime musician and first known Black business owner in Derry, NH (1899), with a Pop-Up museum and BHTNH landmark unveiling. This all ages event will kick off at 1:00pm in the Derry Opera House where patrons are invited to step back in time and explore Hobdy’s era with music, games and history. The event will culminate with a walk to the Derry Rail Trail to cut the ribbon on the new landmark and enjoy some ice cream.

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