Living History Event, Historic Hillsborough, NH

August 18 and 19, 2018


The Jones Road Encampment


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. excerpt from

NH Audubon's Raptor Program

Laura Ingalls Wilder - inspirational!

Kearsarge Aftergaurd

An Authentically Uniformed Historical 

Association representing the Federal Civil War Navy

Hands on Cider Pressing

Laundry Day

Churning Butter - then Eating It!

Learning to embroider

Abigail Adams - 2016

School Daze

The Food! Best you'll ever have at any event!

So much to see and explore

Thomas Jefferson - 2015

Old fashioned children's games

Betsy Ross

Chicken Farmer

Tom Hanford and his fiddle - a children magnet

Molly Pitcher - 2016

Maple syrup by the Hunt family

Annie Oakley - 2016

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.

2018 marks our 10th year!

Join us for a delightful, interactive living history experience and take part in the unique history of New England. We present our 10th Annual Living History Event in Hillsborough, NH will be held on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 2018.
Hillsborough is a hidden jewel tucked away in the hills of New Hampshire.

For our 10th year Celebration we are excited to present
George Washington, portrayed by Dean Malissa who also performs at Mt Vernon!
John Adams, portrayed by George Baker,  will be at the Franklin Pierce Homestead.

On our very scenic and historic Jones Road Field

French and Indian battles will be reenacted in the woods and fields.
The Civil War will reenact a battles, and we even have a representation of the Navy!
Explore the Civil War and French and Indian encampments including sutlers will be selling their wares.
Panning for real gold is always a huge hit next to Beard Brook and the historic Carr Stone Arch Bridge (extra cost).
Enjoy a delicious, hearty lunch put on by HIllsborough’s ladies (extra cost).

Saturday evening you’re invited to a dance with the 2nd South Carolina String Band.

At our Historic Hillsborough Center there are many hands on activities and demonstrations, too many to include here!
Go to school in our One Room School House with Laura Ingalls Wilder. Help Betsy Ross stitch the stars on her flag.  Mr Bayly will be giving magic demonstrations.  Tom Hooker Hanaford  and Woody Guthrie charm with their music.
Churn butter and ice cream, learn to play a penny whistle, press cider, laundry.
Watch blacksmithing and stonewall building demonstrations.
Participate in a children’s parade.
Real Horse and Buggy rides.
A lighting display.
There will be tours of Hillsborough’s 1800’s 
dry set Stone Arch Bridges as well as a cemetery tours.
Historical sermons in the old First Congregational Church in the Historic Hillsborough Center as well as Nelson Sacred Harp Singers.

Franklin Pierce Homestead
Meet President John Adams, portrayed by George Baker, and hear his talk “My Wife Abigail Adams, America’s First Modern Woman”.
Governor and Anna Pierce give neighborhood tours.
Tour the Concord Coach.
And take a guided tour of the well preserved Homestead.  

Downtown Butler Park
Farmer’s Market and Artisan Faire
Hillsborough Heritage Museum self guided tours.
Sunday afternoon Ice Cream Social.

There is a problem with this weekend – you may not get time to do it all!


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

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

August 18 and 19, 2018

Ticket Information:

Tickets are no longer available online.

Tickets will be available the day of the event at all locations.
Cash only at all locations.  No Credit Cards or Debit Cards.

You can begin your day at any location.

Adults (18+) $15
Seniors (62+) $12
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! (except gold panning is $5 per person to help cover the high cost of gold.)

Saturday 9-5
Sunday 9-4

Your Tax Deductible Donation Helps Us Provide Great Programs


How do I get from site to site?

There will be several vans that travel between the sites.  You may park your car at any of the sites and be driven while enjoying the scenery.

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) 860-6418. There are mop hats and tricorn hats for sale at the event for kids and adults who feel the spirit.

Are pets welcome?

There will be war re-enactments, 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 can not be accepted at any site.  All 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
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust ◦ 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 a van.

Where the heck is Hillsborough?

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

Hmm. Washington and Lee? Hey, anything is possible here!

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

Days until the Living History Event