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.

Museum — Open House  Saturdays  August 1st, 8th,  15th, 22nd, and 29th  11 am -1 pm

Sale of surplus items!

 The Museum is now selling  surplus and miscellaneous collectibles so we can make room for our new upstairs display area as part of the preparations to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Newmarket Historical Society and Stone School Museum in 2016. 


Hand Sewn Quilt Squares

Proceeds from this sale go to the  New Market Historical Society to help preserve our textile collection.

Quilt pieces 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 ongoing work of preserving Newmarket’s past.

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.   She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Ed Portyrata, and her two sons Mark and David.

 The New Market Historical Society is grateful to Gabbie and Ed for their generosity,  and to Good JuJu on Main Street for recognizing the exquisite quality of her work and promoting this sale. 


Photograph by Donna Jean Chick, our August 24th Guest Speaker

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.