NH Abenaki with hand-crafted birchbark canoe, baskets, pottery

The Original New Hampshire Settlers

The Abenaki Native American tribe were the earliest known settlers in New Hampshire. Come to Kemp Park and learn about their fascinating heritage: basket-weaving, birchbark canoe construction, wigwam building, and what they use for wild food and medicine sources. They will also share a demonstration of Abenaki drums.

Mill History

Contoocook Mills

The mills, established in the 1800’s, were Hillsborough’s largest employer for many years, producing mainly woolen socks and underwear. Engage in a mill history panel discussion and view numerous displays on the history of the old mills.

Contoocook Mills
Contoocook River

The Original Streaming Service

Learn how the Abenaki made use of the rich resources provided by the river. Come see a 3D topographical display of the entire Contoocook Valley.

Historic Railroad

All Aboard!

Did you know that the railroad tracks in town we now use for recreational vehicles and hiking were once a busy passenger train route between Hillsborough and Concord/Peterborough? Participate in a panel discussion with local railroad buffs who remember Hillsborough’s rail glory days. Enjoy a presentation by author Rick Kfoury, on his book “Railroads in New Hampshire”. Ron Karr who wrote “Lost Railroads of New England” will be coming with his books.

Antique Trucks

Vintage Mack Trucks

Come see some vintage Mack truck beauties from an original Hillsborough collection.

Cider Making

Pressing Business

See a cider press in action. Sample some delicious apple cider, freshly pressed from our own locally grown apples.

Old-time Baseball

An American Family Tradition

Nineteenth century baseball was somewhat different than today’s game. Visit Kemp Park to explore the history and players of old-time baseball. Watch a vintage baseball game, played according to 1864 rules. You may want to bring your own folding chair to the diamond as there are no bleachers.