Henniker Historical Society
Current & Future Displays in the Museum
Our museum, archives and research facilities are located in Academy Hall, located at 51 Maple St, Henniker, New Hampshire (on Route 114 next to the Congregational Church). The building was built in 1836 to be the town's academy. Academy Hall is open 10-2 Thursdays and 10-1 on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays
We have on display an eclectic collection of artifacts, documents and photographs that have a connection to a Henniker person, place or event. All time periods are represented, from the town's founding in 1768 to the present, but emphasis is generally placed on the earlier periods of the town's history.
For more information about the Society, see General information.
Ocean Born Mary and LMA Roy
Amy Cheney Beach, American composer
Bicentennial QuiltThe 1976 Bicentennial Quilt has been re-installed. It depicts various Henniker scenes, each interpreted by a different local seamstress.
Church BenchA bench that was formerly housed at the Methodist Church building and donated by the Masons and Eastern Star has been placed in the museum.
Ocean Born Mary and L.M.A. Roy
A new exhibit highlights the photographic career of L.M.A. Roy and accompanies the return of the Ocean Born Mary display. Many of Mr. Roy's photographs were taken in the Ocean Born Mary house which he owned for many years. Although a noted photographer, Mr. Roy is perhaps best known for spinning the ghost legend about Ocean Born Mary.
A fragment of silk from Mary's wedding dress has been added to our exhibit. According to legend, Mary's wedding dress was made from a bolt of silk given by the pirate at the time he boarded the ship shortly after her birth and named her.
Amy Cheney Beach, virtuoso concert pianist
Amy Cheney Beach began composing at age four and at seven made her first public appearance, playing some of her own waltzes. During 1884 and 1885, Beach performed 12 recitals, the most noteworthy occurring in March and April, 1885, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After marrying Dr. H.H.A. Beach that same year, she concentrated on composition. Following her husband's death in 1910, she resumed her concert career.
The display includes many photographs of Amy Cheney Beach that were recently donated to the historical society by Betty Lee Bogue.
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