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Historical Walking Trail - Pittsfield NH

 

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31.  Turning left on Fayette Street you will come to Drake Field. This park was given to the school district in honor of Colonel James Drake, a prominent local citizen, by his children in 1917. Because the grandstand had no roof, the colonel's daughter, Georgiana Carpenter, donated one in 1928. The flag pole was a gift in 1950 of Colonel James Frank Drake, the colonel's grandson. Since its inception, the field has served as the hub of outdoor entertainment in Pittsfield. It is the scene of youth and high school sporting events, graduations, carnivals, and Pittsfield's famous Balloon Rally. 

 

Drake Field Grandstand c1917

Drake Field Grandstand c1917

 

32.   Going east through the field, one comes to Carroll Street.  Turning left the Thyng Memorial will be observed.  Dedicated in 2004, it honors on of America's outstanding military leaders.

 

Thyng Memorial c2004

Thyng Memorial c2004

 

33.  Retracing the route along Fayette Street you will come to Depot Street. Turning left you will come to the G. A. R. Building. Erected in 1914 after a tragic fire which destroyed the old hall and most of Pittsfield's Civil War memorabilia, this Colonial Revival style commercial building was the first in town to have a slanted floor made specifically for showing "moving pictures." In 1925 when Grand Army of the Republic membership declined, the building was sold to the American Legion. Several patriotic organizations continued to meet in the upper floors and the G.A.R. Theater on the first floor was renamed the Liberty Theater. In 1937 the building was again sold and the Theater was renamed The Scenic. Movies ceased in 1991 and since that time the building has been the home of the renowned Pittsfield Players.

 

G. A. R. Building Before the Fire

G. A. R. Building Before the Fire

 

34.  Retracing the route along Depot Street you will come to Elm Street and the Old Engine House. This Stick Style building with hip roof was erected in 1878 as Pittsfield's first permanent fire station. The first floor housed engines and fire equipment and the second served as a meeting hall. Through the years the hall was used for many socials as well. Dances were held here and at one time the upper floor was used for offices by the selectmen and school board. Needing much more spacious quarters, the fire department moved to a new building on Catamount Street in 1974.  It was destroyed by fire in February, 2000.

 

Old Engine House c1900

Old Engine House c1900

 

35.  Turning left onto Park Street you will come to the Free Will Baptist Church. Originally constructed in 1838, it was completely remodeled in 1886 after a design by William A. Butterfield. It is an eclectic blend of Stick Style and Queen Anne elements dominated by a steeply pitched hip roof  and an open belfry with pyramidal cap. Members can trace their origins to the Baptist Church of Reverend David Knowlton established on Catamount Mountain in 1791, only the second Free Will Baptist Church in the United States, and the first to have its own building.

 

Free Will Baptist Church Before 1886

Free Will Baptist Church Before 1886

 

36.  Beside the church is Pittsfield Academy. The first school classes were held on this site in a wooden structure erected in 1830. This private school operated until its doors closed in the late 1880s. It produced several nationally recognized individuals, including one of the most prolific journalists and authors of that century, Colonel Thomas W. Knox. Another student was John Swett who was instrumental in California's effort to adopt the first state tax for funding education. In 1888, J. Wilson White, a wealthy Nashua businessman and former graduate, offered $5000 to the trustees to build a new structure. In 1890 the wooden building was removed and in 1892 the present brick building was erected. It served as Pittsfield's high school until 1942 when a new one was built across town on Odeida Street.

 

Old Wooden Academy 1830-90

Old Wooden Academy 1830-90

 

You have now arrive at the point of beginning, Frank Lyman Park, and have completed Pittsfield's Historic Trail. Members of the Pittsfield Historical Society hope that you have enjoyed the tour. Comments may be mailed to the Pittsfield Historical Society, 13 Elm Street, Pittsfield, New Hampshire 03263. Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings and programs, and visit our museum. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, September through June.

 

 


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This trail data/booklet was prepared by Larry Berkson, President of the Pittsfield Historical Society.  Without his diligence this material would not be available.

 

 

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