Living History Event, Historic Hillsborough, NH

August 15 & 16, 2015

Thomas Jefferson is coming this summer!

Thomas Jefferson impersonator, historian, and motivational speaker Steven Edenbo has entertained and inspired audiences of all ages since 1999.   Steve has researched Jefferson as a resident fellow at Monticello’s International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Va.  He  appears regularly at such venues as The National Archives in Washington, D.C.,  and at Independence Hall and the Declaration House (The Jacob Graff House)  in Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia.   photo credit:Karla Korn   excerpt taken from



You step through a time warp the minute you drive over the antique stone bridge on Jones Road.

2nd South Carolina String Band

The 2nd South Carolina String Band plays the songs and music that moved the American people of the early and mid-eighteen hundreds. They play the music that was in the hearts and minds and on the tongues of the citizen-soldiers that made up the ranks of the armies of the North and the South as they marched off to take part in the cataclysmic struggle that was to become the defining event of our nation’s history.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder will be back with us again!

Hands on Cider Pressing

Laundry Day

Churning Butter - then Eating It!

School Daze

Birds of Prey with Jane Kelly

Come meet Jane’s American Kestrel, Screech Owl, Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, young Barn Owl, Black Vulture, Eurasian Eagle Owl

NH Chronicle on Jane

What is the Living History Event?

An action packed 2 day, 4 location event in Scenic & Historic Hillsborough, NH

The Living History Event is a weekend of stepping back in time in convincingly historic locations.

On the Jones Road fields, after crossing over a dry set historic stone bridge, stroll through early military encampments, witness historic battles, with mounted cavalry, and cannons roaring!

Children and adults alike will have access to many hands-on activities. Come and watch the making of maple syrup, apple cider, cooking on an old wood-fired cook stove, try your hand at the butter and ice cream churns, soap-making, old-fashioned laundry and ironing, pan for real gold, throw a pot on a wheel, assist a blacksmith, spend some time watching young ladies spin their wool, meet birds of prey up close, sit for tea, learn the Minuet!


And this year, our 7th, we are thrilled to have Thomas Jefferson authentically portrayed by Steve Edenbo, Louisa May Alcott portrayed by an artful Marianne Donnelly and Daniel Webster via Jim Cooke. Once again, among us will be Laura Ingalls Wilder portrayed by the talented Melanie Stringer. And two return favorites: Mr. Bayly—our 18th Century Magician, and Tom Hanford and his Chimney-side Tales and a special parade led by the Traveling Troubadour!!

Sit in on a class with Miss Brown in the one-room 1840 schoolhouse. Learn the art of traditional social deportment while taking afternoon tea and gingerbread with Miss Regina, learn the minuet or how to stitch a simple sampler. Or the handcrafts of quill & ink or cornhusk dolls. Take in the history of lighting and the telephone. Visit the local historic Center Church. See what you can do with some beautiful old woodworking tools. Enjoy period music, games, magician, stories, costumes, handiwork and food.

A huge thank you to our
We couldn’t do this without you!

George Washington was so real he gave me goose bumps!  And his talk was fascinating!

August 15 & 16, 2015

Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder

Do you love Laura? Did you grow up devouring her “Little House” series of books, or dressing up like characters on the television show? Do you ever wonder about the real people and events behind the stories, or what Laura thought about the world around her? Now you...

Jane Kelly, Birds of Prey

I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. The majority of my time growing up was spent outdoors. My father had a big influence on my enthusiasm for nature taking me fishing, hiking and hunting. His appreciation for birds rubbed off on me. Five and a half years ago,...

Kevin Fife, Stonewall Expert

Born and raised in Canterbury NH, Kevin is a nationally recognized master stone mason and lives in Northfield with his wife and two daughters. Kevin began building stonewalls in 1981, blending his talent as an artist with the business of landscape construction. While...

Jim Cooke Portrays Daniel Webster

Jim Cooke, Crazy Yankees, presents “Daniel Webster: I Still Live” Daniel Wbster was a frequent visitor to the Pierce Homestead during the years of that Franklin lived there, from his childhood through mid-adulthood. He is often considered as having had a...

Louisa May Alcott coming in 2015!

Marianne Donnelly’s “Beyond Little Women: Louisa May Alcott,” is a carefully researched, grant winning, chautauqua-style show about this renowned author, suffragist and abolitionist. Emphasizing her activism, bravery and unique circle of...

Thomas Jefferson

 When he was near the completion of his life Jefferson insisted that he most wanted posterity to remember him for three things: The Declaration of Independence, The Statute of Virginia For Religious Freedom, and The University of Virginia.  Yet he had served his...

Sissi Shattuck, Local and International Artist

Famous in our area for her wonderful paintings depicting historical and scenic areas in Hillsborough, the above painting of downtown Hillsborough adds to her other paintings that include: Hillsborough Center, scenic Jones Road, and the lower village including the...

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Ticket Information

Ticket Information:

Tickets are available online through August 13.
Advanced tickets can also be purchased at Sweet Expressions, Main St, Downtown Hillsborough.

Tickets will be available the day of the event at all locations.
Cash only at most locations.
You can begin your day at any location.

Adults (18+) $10
Seniors (62+) $8
6 – 17 years $5
5 and under FREE
FREE admission for all Hillsborough, Henniker, Deering, Windsor, and Washington public, private and home-schooled students with school or parent id

Tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday and get you into absolutely everything!

Hours: Saturday 9-5 Sunday 9-4

Online ticket sales are no longer available. Please purchase your tickets at the Event, available at all 4 locations.
Have fun!!

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How do I get from site to site?

There are 2 trollies that travel between the 4 sites.  You may park your car at any of the sites and travel by trolley while enjoying the scenery. Besides the trolley, for your convenience, we also have a 16 passenger van we will be using while the trolley is off line and serving the needs of guests who are taking the Stone Arch Bridge Tours. If you are looking for a ride, look for a white Youth Services van at the various sites as well as the trolley to take you to the next site.

Gratuities for the driver(s) are welcome.


Where can I find a costume?


We have a limited number of costumes for local people and people involved in the event to borrow.
Please contact Ellie Harbour at 603-464-2592.

There are mop hats and tricorn hats for sale at the event for kids and adults who feel the spirit.

For custom costumes call The Sewing Sisters at 617-504-8024.


Are pets welcome?

There will be war re-enactment horses, and many children at this event, so for the safety of your pet and others, we ask that pets remain at home.



Are the sites handicapped accessible?

Handicapped parking spaces will be available at each site, permits are required for all handicapped parking. Some areas are more accessible than others; many demonstrations will be held in grassy field areas. Handicapped accessible bathrooms are available at all sites.

The Money Questions

Credit Cards are accepted at only the Franklin Pierce Homestead.  Most site greeting stations, food concessions, and vendors accept only cash.

You can find ATM machines at the following banks –
Santander Bank ◦ 53 West Main St
Bank of NH ◦ 325 West Main St
Lake Sunapee ◦ 15 Antrim Rd
TD Bank ◦ 11 School St (behind the bank)


Parking is offered at all sites. You are welcome to drive and park at each site. If space is not available at the site, you may be directed to the next site or to downtown parking areas.  Feel free to park and hop on the Trolley.

Where the heck is Hillsborough?

GPS addresses

Jones Rd – 44 Jones Rd, Hillsborough, NH  03244
Franklin Pierce Homestead – 301 2nd NH Turnpike, Hillsborough, NH  03244
Hillsborough Historic Center – 18 E. Washington Rd, Hillsborough, NH  03244
Downtown – 5 Center St, Hillsborough, NH  03244

Special thanks for the use of your photos

Sue and Bob Hofstetter
Don Norris
Jeff Rand
Bob Lint
Chuck Cole Photography

This event has a wonderful homegrown feel!

LHE Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote awareness of the history and tourism opportunities in the Town of Hillsborough and the State of NH in a way that not only helps our local businesses succeed, but also showcases the best of our community by using educational and historical opportunities so that we bridge together all ages, community organizations, and town interests around this unique event – Living History!

And for a little fun

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