Windham nh history
Windham's history is much more than plots on a timeline or lines on a page. Rather, it is a collection of stories that when put together tell the unique story of Windham, NH. Explore the stories of the individuals and places that have made Windham what it is today.
The natural beauty and fertile lands of Windham drew first the Pawtucket Indians and then Scotch-Irish settlers. The town's rich history is full of intriguing stories, including Wallace Fessenden's unscrupulous baseball umpiring, the return of a native son after his burial at sea in Indonesia and the poetic life of the Rustic Bard, Robert Dinsmoor. Tourism boomed as early as the 1850s, when visitors flocked to the waterside temptations of Canobie Lake and later Cobbett's Pond, where eccentric millionaire Edward Searles built his famous castle. Local historian Derek Saffie weaves together a collection of historic stories from the settlement's roots as Nutfield to the town of Windham.
How Windham Came to Be
The history of Windham NH begins with the area being settled by Scotch-Irish immigrants in 1719 as part of a region called "Nutfield"; the name given to it because of the abundance of nut trees in the area. Nutfield was roughly the region occupied in modern times by Derry, Londonderry, and Windham. Windham separated from Londonderry, and was incorporated, on February 12, 1742.
Leonard Morrison - Windham's First Historian
Much of what is known about the history of Windham comes from Leonard Morrison's "History of Windham, NH: 1719 - 1883". Morrison, the first true town historian, published his book containing an extensive history, as well as numerous family genealogies. Much of the research done for this website was made possible due to his book.
Robert Dinsmoor - Windham's Poet
"Windham Range in flowery vest, Was seen in robes of green, While Cobbet's pond, from east to west, Spread her bright waves between. Cows lowing, cocks crowing, While frogs on Cobbet's shore, Lay croaking and mocking The bull's tremendous roar."
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hillside 28 restaurant and lounge
Hillside 28 Restaurant and Lounge opened on Route 28 in Windham on May 6, 1975. Jennie and Charlie Kusker, the owners of the restaurant, served their homemade Italian meals from 11AM to Midnight on every day except Monday. According to a period advertisement, all food served at Hillside 28 was cooked fresh by Chef Giovannina (Jennie Kusker) with her famous home made Italian sauce. Known for their "special HEROES" ("a meal in every sandwich"), they also served a variety of beer, wine, and "fine cocktails". When the Bicentennial arrived in 1976, the restaurant's menu and advertising got a make over in the "Spirit of 1776". That year they offered a complete dinner for four people for just $17.76. This dinner included a choice of four entrees: veal or eggplant parmesan; the "seafood special"; baked stuffed clams, shrimp, and shells en casserole; and baked lasagna. The chosen entree was complemented with soup, salad, a dessert, and coffee. With a knack for advertising, this was not the only special offered by the Kuskers. Every Sunday children under 12 ate at the restaurant for free; children received a free "Snoopy cocktail" throughout the week; every Wednesday the Hillside offered a two-for-one special advertised to be "within your means." The Hillside 28 Restaurant and Lounged remained open for several years, at least until 1979.
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