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Hillsborough’s 250th committee announces…

The town of Hillsborough, NH is proud to announce the upcoming events in 2022 for the celebration of 250 years since the founding.

How can you help?

We want your oral history!

Have you lived in Hillsborough for a long time? We would love to hear your stories! Questions can be picked up at Fuller Public Library.

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Hillsborough’s 250th Celebration

In 1735 and 1736, Colonel John Hill was granted a tract of land about six miles square and named it Hillborough.  The ‘s’ was added later.  He started a community with a generous tract of land, which would be known as Hillsborough Center.  Hillsborough was incorporated on November 4, 1772 at the Bradford Inn on Bible Hill.

Hillsborough has many attributes to be proud of including two remarkable historic areas in the Center and Lower Villages, Fox Forest, more preserved stone arch bridges than any other town in New Hampshire, lakes and river-ways and the Franklin Pierce Homestead, the home of the fourteenth President of the United States – Franklin Pierce.

Hillsborough is still today made up of four villages: Hillsborough Bridge Village (is our downtown), Hillsborough Center, Hillsborough Upper Village and Hillsborough Lower Village.

In 2022 we will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the inception of Hillsborough, we hope you will join us for a year full of fun and history!

January  Bonfire Kick-Off!
February  Vintage Costume Ball
March  Corned Beef Dinner, Stone Bridge talk and music
April  Farm and Garden
May  Celebrating Generations
June  The Hospitality of Hillsborough
July  Hillsborough Fest
August  History Alive and Sports
September  School Days
October  Haunted History
November  Being Thankful
December  Old Fashioned Christmas

All events are subject to change.


1772 buttons can be found at Fuller Public Library or Online at our Gift Shoppe — Donations are accepted.

Commemorative License Plates—250th plate you can put on your car for the year 2022, only 500 plates will be printed!

Programs — a full year of fun and history packed into one book!

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    Programs & Events

    New Hampshire Humanities – Fresh Water

    How Fresh Water Has Shaped New Hampshire

    Presenter: James Rousmaniere

    Granite Staters’ impact on fresh water – and, conversely, inland waters’ impact on Granite Staters – has evolved over time. Our pollution has changed, as has our hydro-power, our experiences with floods, our watershed protections, our exposure to invasive vegetation, and our use of water in the home. This illustrated presentation by Jim Rousmaniere explores the roles of industry, innovation, and citizen action in assuring clean and plentiful water supplies in a state that in many ways has been defined by water.
    Tuesday, Aug 17th at 6:00pm Jim Rousmaniere’s “How Fresh Water Has Shaped NH”

    This event has been moved online at the request of the presenter.

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    250th Celebration — Semiquincentennial

    Hear ye!  Hear ye, one and all!

    To Hillsborough businesses, residents, schools, committees and interested parties:

    Something Big is Coming Up!

    In two years, Hillsborough will observe a big birthday. The year 2022 will be the 250th anniversary of the incorporation of our town in 1772. This definitely calls for a town-wide celebration, and it’s time to start planning.

    We’ve had them before, but never like this one will be. This is a major town anniversary – we could call it the Semiquincentennial or the Sestercentennial, but whatever we call it – it marks 250 years.

    The town, with help from the Hillsborough Historical Society (HHS), would like to plan a series of events and celebrations, complete with decorations, memorabilia and souvenirs, perhaps a parade and a pageant of our early days. It’s our chance to showcase everything our historic community has to offer. Everything from 1772, when a few bold men swung axes in one of the most northerly N.H. settlements, until today, when we’re nearly 6,000 strong.

    To pull this off, we need your help.

    Whatever your age or how long you’ve lived here, all your ideas and recollections are welcome. The HHS is already brainstorming. How can your business or club participate?  Could you write a play about life here in the earliest days of our republic? Could you organize a band or parade? Have you active neighbors? Could they pitch in? Does your child need community service hours for school?  Have you enjoyed things in other towns that could be included here? The possibilities are endless!

    If you can join us in this endeavor, or know someone who may be interested, please contact Christina Chadwick at the Hillsborough Historical Society (603) 464-3637  or message to let Christina know you’re interested.

    The town will be holding a planning meeting (using masks and social distancing)  to get started.  We can ALL use something to look forward to these days, so make a list of ideas, and watch for more information.