Current and Upcoming Events
Do you have old photos of Kimball Cabins?
The Town of Hopkinton recently appointed a committee to look at options for the future use of Kimball Lake and its four cabins.
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Thank you for your support!
Canoe/Kayak/Paddleboard Trip on Drew Lake
Paddle around Drew Lake and learn about some of its interesting features and its history as part of the Hopkinton-Everett Dam. $5 suggested donation. Participants may bring their own canoe/kayak/paddleboard or rent one in advance from Contoocook River Canoe Co. Equipment rental information at 603-753-9804 or www.ContoocookCanoe.com.
Date: Saturday, July 16
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Drew Lake boat ramp located on Sugar Hill Rd. in Hopkinton
Cost: Suggested $5 donation
Rental Cost: Sign up and pay in advance by Thursday, July 14. Canoe or double kayak $40.00
and a 12' single kayak $30.00. Price includes paddle, personal floatation device,
and transporting canoes/double kayaks and kayaks to and from Drew Lake.
Sign Up: Contact Contoocook River Canoe Company at 603-753-9804 or
Recommended items to bring include water (2 quarts), sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, lunch, trash bag, shoes that can get wet, dry bag to keep items dry, and camera.
A Piece of Hopkinton's History has Come Home
Delivered to the Society in early December was a tall clock, c. 1820, made by Edmund Currier of Hopkinton. Of interest is that on the clock’s face Currier is spelled with three "r"s in the middle!
Edmund Currier (1793-1853) was a silversmith and clockmaker born and trained in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. While in Hopkinton, Currier manufactured and repaired a wide variety of items including spectacles, cutlery, tableware, jewelry, tools, wagons, sleighs, and harnesses. Currier also did locksmith work, gunsmith repairs, and manufactured instruments for doctors. In addition, Currier repaired watches and was known as a fine clockmaker.
Hopkinton Historical Society is fortunate to have in its collection Edmund Currier’s account books from 1815 to 1825. In these books, Currier lists ten tall clock cases purchased from David Young and one from David Young Jr., both of Hopkinton. Although the case of the Society's "new" clock is not labeled, perhaps it was made by David Young (1746-1836), a well-known cabinetmaker and joiner. The Society has a chest of drawers signed by Young, as well as a highboy and blanket chest attributed to Young, in its collection.
From these same account books, it is recorded that Currier sold eight case clocks with prices ranging from $35.00 to $65.00.
Our thanks to Delaney Antique Clocks for delivering the clock to the Society.
A Glorious Paddle down the Contoocook River!
Forty-five paddlers took part in a nine-mile trip down the Contoocook River from Contoocook Village to Penacook on Saturday, August 23, 2014 (see photos below). Participants were given maps identifying more than 20 interesting features and landmarks along the way and were able to tour a restored 1920s-era boat house. The event was organized by the Hopkinton Historical Society, which was one of eight museums that examined the role of rivers in our communities through exhibits and programs in 2014. Sponsors of “Along the River” exhibit included Contoocook River Canoe Co., Merrimack County Savings Bank, the NH Humanities Council, and Sugar River Bank.