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The Factory Village of New London, New Hampshire

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Sydney L. Crook Conference Room at the New London Town Offices
375 Main Street
New London, NH 03257
Wednesday January 21, 2015
Refreshments: 7:00 p.m., Program Begins 7:30 p.m.

New London’s scythe works operated profitably for a half-century. Harnessing the water power of Pleasant Lake, the factory transformed iron and steel bars into finished scythe blades, which were shipped by the thousands to merchants in the United States and abroad.

How did scythe-making develop in New England? How profitable was the industry? What competition did the New London company face, and what market share did it claim? What materials, equipment, and workers were employed in the manufacturing process? And finally, why was its demise so sudden?

Drawing upon original sources held in archival collections, this presentation focuses on these questions, and it illustrates the once-thriving landscape of New London’s “Factory Village.”

*The NLHS follows the Kearsarge Regional School District No School Policy.  In the event that school is cancelled, the program will be held on January 28 at the same location and time.


While the historical village on Little Sunapee Road is quiet in the winter months, the Board, Volunteers and Staff are working on a 2015 calendar of programs, as well as new and traditional events.

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Founded in 1954, the New London Historical Society is a non-profit volunteer organization committed to preserving and presenting the early history of the New London, New Hampshire area.

The society’s collection includes a small village of 19th century buildings, over two dozen horse-drawn vehicles, and thousands of other artifacts reflecting everyday life in rural New Hampshire.

Members and friends provide financial support for vehicle conservation, building restoration, maintenance, and education programs.

Our year-round activities include dessert & lecture socials, school visits, a holiday open house in early December, and other special events and exhibits. All are open to the public.