Welcome to the New Market Historical Society

We are dedicated to increasing public understanding and enthusiasm for our local history and preservation.  Our mission is to provide a central location, where we can store, introduce, interpret, and stimulate the study of local history. Our goals are to tell Newmarket’s story, preserve its local artifacts, and sponsor historical events and educational opportunities.  Please consult our program of events for exact dates, times, and locations for our meetings and events.  The public is always welcome to attend our educational meetings, which are free except for select special events. Donations are always welcomed and greatly appreciated!

The Society generally meets on the fourth Monday of the month, March through October.

The Museum is selling   Hand Sewn Quilt Squares — Proceeds from this sale go to the  New Market Historical Society to help preserve our textile collection.

Quilt piece were hand done by Gabrielle T. Portyrata, a former member and supporter of the Historical Society.  Prior to her passing in May of this year, she generously donated her collection to benefit the New Market Historical Society.  A lifelong resident of town, Gabrielle (Blanchette) Portyrata was born in 1927.  She loved to quilt, and was a member of the Cocheco Quilters.  She had an extensive collection of work which she shared with her family and friends.   Her husband of 65 years, Ed Portyrata, died  in July  of this year.  They are survived by their two sons Mark and David.

 We are grateful to Gabbie and Ed for their generosity,  and to Good JuJu on Main Street for recognizing the exquisite quality of her  handwork and promoting this sale. 


New Addition to Calendar Events:

Murder, Mischief, Mishaps & Mayhem….Tales of Old New Market

A 90 minute, 1.5 mile Romp through Plagues, Disasters, Macabre Happenings and Murder Most Foul…

Your Guide: Michel de Morbide

Oct 24, 25 and 31st, 2015

Limit - 25 souls per tour.  RSVP 603-781-7116

Donation $10 – Benefit of the Stone School Museum 50th Anniversary 2016 Programs of the New Market Historical Society

Leaves Promptly at 7:00 pm from the steps of the Newmarket Public Library

 “I have been on this tour every year since 1873 and it just keeps getting better and better” says the slaughterhouse murder, “but I am tired of getting upstaged by the chicken thief and cholera epidemic every time.”

Photograph by

Donna-Jeanne Chick,


now made into a

Christmas ornament

available for Sale

at the Stone School Museum


Newmarket Quilts & Their Stories


Sat & Sun —  Oct 17 & 18th 2 - 4 p.m.


This is the first exhibit of Quilts by Newmarket Quilters.

Quilts / Quilters and their stories from the 1800’s up to this year.

[The quilt pictured here was made by Newmarket resident Anna (Contois) Hamel (1851-1927).  It is on loan by Patricia Manley.]

After viewing the quilts,

walk across the parking lot to the Stone Church

for a free concert by the Funky Divas of Gospel   at 4 pm


Stone School Museum

The Stone School Museum, built in 1841, as a two-room schoolhouse, and now home to the New Market Historical Society, is located high upon Zion’s Hill on Granite Street.  Hours of operation are in our program of events and are on our web page and Facebook.  If you need further information, please call 603-659-7420 and leave a message or via email at newmarketnh.historicalsociety@gmail.com. Your inquiry will be returned as soon as possible.

Newmarket (Images of America) 

The Historical Society still has books at early release prices:

$17 for members, $19 for non-members

Books available and can be purchased on line with PayPal—or contact us via email at


If shipped — an additional shipping & handling fee of $4 applies.

 All proceeds from the sale of this book by the New Market Historical Society help  the preservation of our collection.

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or donate any amount

We greatly appreciate your membership and donations, and look forward to seeing you at our meetings and events. Members receive free admission to all our meetings and non-members can attend most meetings and events for free. Please make it a point to introduce someone new to one of our events.