New Ipswich Historical Society

23 Main St

New Ipswich, NH 03071

New Ipswich in the Civil War

Civil War Monument
New Ipswich Civil War Monument dedicated June 17th, 1878.

From the beginning of the war in 1861, New Ipswich citizens rallied behind their troops through what they called "The Home Regiment." Formally known as The Soldier's Aid Society, this organization worked to clothe, feed, and provide medical care for local soldiers serving in the war. On May 2, 1861, Clark Obear noted in his journal, "Town meeting in aftrernoon. Voted to raise $50 each to uniform a company; also to raise $2000, as it shall be needed, to provide for the families of those who shall enlist in the service of their country; also $100 to prosecute traitors."

By 1862, when the war had progressed to a full-scale bloodbath, the Soldier's Aid Society reported the following:

Soldier's Aid Society Report
Soldier's Aid Society Report

For more information, see Lydia A. Obear, New Ipswich in the War of the Rebellion: What its Men and Women Did (1898); available online at:




President, Greg Hanselman

Vice President, John Rosenfelder

Treasurer, Patricia Lage

Secretary, Margaret Lee


2016 President's Letter



New Winter Program, Jan. 25, 2018

Historic District Marker Unveiled

A new bronze marker for the Central Village Historic District was unveiled on Saturday, December 9, 2017 by members of the Historical Society.  The marker was obtained from a grant from Historic New England, a donation from the  New Ipswich Historical Society, as well as, an anonymous donor.  We would like to thank those who funded this project, as well as, the New Ipswich Selectman for approving the location of the marker on the town owned property at the corner of Turnpike Road and Main Street.  Also, a special thank you to the New Ipswich DPW for installing the marker.

The NIHS Annual Meeting was held on  Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Historical Society. 


 2017 NIHS Hours


We are now closed for the 2017 season.

Summer and Fall of 2018 hours : TBD
Please call 603.801.3511 to arrange a private visit.


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Ellen Barr, a girl from New Ipswich!


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