Celebrating 250 Years

History Alive 2022 is an interactive living history experience which will hold its fourth annual weekend event on August 20th and 21st. It will take place across three venues: Kemp Park, Jones Road and Hillsborough Center. This year History Alive joins in as part of the year-long 250th birthday celebration of Hillsborough, NH.

An original historic dramatic production, Hillsborough Center

At the Historic Hillsborough Center site, we will continue to share the daily life of the colonial village of centuries past with many activities such as a blacksmith, children’s activities, weaving, spinning, cemetery tours, stenciling, historical speakers and a custom dramatic production.

At the Kemp Park site, we’ll have a special focus on the original 13,000-year-old inhabitants of New Hampshire – the Abenaki tribe. Come learn from local Abenakis about the meanings of names of our rivers, mountains, and lakes, join us in erecting a wigwam, listen to songs, tribal drums, and play games. We will also have cider pressing, vintage baseball, railroad history, old Mack trucks and a history of the town mills.

Abenaki wigwam construction
Civil War daily life, Jones Road

At the Jones Road site, next to one of the double stone arch bridges for which our town is famous, we will be having reenactments with regiments from four wars; The French and Indian War, War of 1812, Revolutionary War, and Civil War. Re-enactors will be coming from several states. In addition to the battles, we will have gold panning for kids, Civil War music and comics illustration, a square dance, and a silent auction.

While you are in Hillsborough, venture on a fantastic trip throughout the town and discover the historic villages, the Hillsborough Heritage Museum, including the Manahan-Phelps-McCulloch Photo Collection and the DAR Collection. Take a tour of the Franklin Pierce Homestead State Historic Park and tour the cemetery where President Pierce’s parents are buried on 2nd NH Turnpike. Enjoy scenic drives; take a horse-drawn wagon ride, or a self-guided stroll around the Old Historic Center. Take a scenic tour of the National Landmark Engineering award-winning stone arch bridges that make Hillsboro a historic treasure.