LAKES REGION TRADER,
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26,
JULY 5-6-7, 1963
Moultonboro Looks Back
on 200 Years
MOULTONBORO- A three-day bicentennial celebration
will be held here on July 5, 6, and 7, complete with
parades, games, suppers and fireworks.
Beginning Friday morning, July 5, and running
through to late Sunday night, the town will
celebrate its 200th anniversary. A fireworks display
will conclude the celebration at nine p.m., Sunday,
Featured during the first day of festivities are a
tour of historical landmarks, a bicycle and carriage
parade, and the bicentennial ball.
There will be another parade Saturday morning and a
costume dance at 8:30 Saturday night.
Following Church services Sunday, there will be a
water sports show and a bar-b-que, followed by a
hymn sing and finally ending with the fireworks.
An important feature of the three-day festival will
be the sale of a booklet, compiled by Helen
Sturtevant Matthews, that traces the history of the
town from its earliest beginnings to the turn of
In the booklet, Mrs. Matthews describes the early
settlement and development of the town—beginning
with some of the first known explorers in the area.
She tells of the early beginnings of schools and
churches, and points out some of the oldest houses
still standing in town.
The town first received its charter in 1763,
although several settlers moved into the area some
time before that date. The town was not
incorporated, however, until 1777.
At one time, Moultonboro also included the
present-day towns of New Hampton and Center Harbor,
which was known as the "Moultonborough Addition."
In 1777, the Addition was incorporated into the town
of New Hampton, and two years later was divided
again when Center Harbor was incorporated.
There were 24 families in the town in 1770, and four
of these were in the Addition. The population
increased steadily, reaching a peak of about 1800
people in the 1840's, and beginning a slow decline
Mr. Matthew's booklet explains this increase in the
number of people living in Moultonborough and the
following decline, listing reasons for both.
The year-round population is presently just under
1000, although vacationists increase this figure
considerably during the summer months.
Plans for the bicentennial celebration began months
ago, under the direction of bicentennial committee.
Several meetings were held with various interested
townspeople, and gradually, a program was worked
From the first tour of historical sites on July 5,
sponsored by the Moultonboro Historical Society, to
the fireworks display that signals the end of the
celebration, the town will be filled with festive
Thousands of people are expected
to visit the town and participate in its 200th
History To Be on Sale
to the 20th Century,"
a history of the town of Moultonboro,
compiled by Mrs. Helen Matthews, who also
did most of the writing in it, will be on
sale at the Historical Society Building in
Moultonboro village during the bicentennial
celebration, as well as many business places
after the celebration.
to the 20th century -
is available in the Moultonborough
Historical Societies Online Book Store.)
Moultonborough – To the 20th
anniversary in 2013
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