New Hampshire historical markers
The State of New Hampshire has, since 1958, placed historical markers at locations that are deemed significant to New Hampshire history. The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources (DHR) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) are jointly responsible for the historical marker program. The program is authorized by RSA 227 C:4, X, and RSA 236:40 to 44. As of November 2018, there were 259 markers across the state, and at least three new markers have been added since then.
New Hampshire's historical markers are green with white text; the state seal sits atop each one. Generally, there is a title line and up to 12 lines of text, each of which has no more than 45 characters. Some markers note the year they were installed—it may be centered under the main text (early 2000s to present) or right-justified under the main text (1980s through early 2000s), although there are some visible exceptions—while on older markers it is not listed.
Any individual or group may propose a marker to commemorate significant New Hampshire places, persons, or events. Requests must be accompanied by a petition for the marker, signed by at least 20 New Hampshire citizens. The state's Division of Historical Resources has final decision rights for all markers. Markers funded by the state must be located along a state highway. A "co-operative marker," which must be funded by whomever proposes it, can be located on a locally maintained road or on municipal land. As of July 2019, the state's website lists the cost of a marker at $1500 to $1800.
Markers generally have the same text on both sides, with some exceptions. Marker number one in Pittsburg only has text on one side. Marker number 122 in Carroll features the Mount Washington Hotel on one side and the Bretton Woods Monetary Conference on the other; several other markers also have different topics on each side. A few markers appear to have unique layouts: number 127 in Portsmouth provides a two-part narrative on a single subject, with a "see other side" directive to the reader; number 208 in Manchester has one side in English, and the same information on the other side in French; and number 236 in Concord discusses Civil War mustering on one side, and lists specific regiments on the other.
List of markers
The following pages list each marker, ordered by marker numbers as chronologically assigned by the state. Pages each contain 25 entries, noting each marker's city or town, and providing the text on the marker.
- List of New Hampshire historical markers (1–25)
- List of New Hampshire historical markers (26–50)
- List of New Hampshire historical markers (51–75)
- List of New Hampshire historical markers (76–100)
- List of New Hampshire historical markers (101–125)
- List of New Hampshire historical markers (126–150)
- List of New Hampshire historical markers (151–175)
- List of New Hampshire historical markers (176–200)
- List of New Hampshire historical markers (201–225)
- List of New Hampshire historical markers (226–250)
- List of New Hampshire historical markers (251–275)
Markers by community
The below table alphabetically lists each city or town that has at least one historical marker. Detail of individual markers can be viewed via the above list of markers. The capital city of Concord has the most markers, with 13.
|City or town||Marker numbers|
|Berlin||159, 215, 254, 255|
|Bethlehem||198, 218, 257|
|Carroll||30, 87, 122|
|Charlestown||2, 117, 177|
|Chesterfield||60, 95, 216|
|Claremont||41, 57, 188|
|Concord||66, 67, 80, 105, 110, 125, 128, 147, 148, 175, 184, 236|
|Cornish||16, 76, 134, 158|
|Deerfield||25, 145, 183, 214|
|Derry||48, 58, 126|
|Dover||51, 92, 165|
|Durham||8, 50, 89, 154|
|Exeter||32, 97, 131, 161, 240|
|Fremont||142, 156, 157, 167, 170|
|Hart's Location||186, 213|
|Haverhill||56, 104, 136, 160, 190|
|Hillsborough||65, 107, 203|
|Jefferson||19, 152, 229|
|Keene||69, 86, 226|
|Lancaster||84, 173, 219|
|New Ipswich||10, 101, 137|
|Pembroke||144, 187, 250|
|Peterborough||206, 210, 244|
|Portsmouth||75, 114, 127|
|Rye||18, 63, 78|
|Salem||72, 221, 253|
|Tamworth||31, 90, 155|
|Wolfeboro||53, 116, 242|
- Brindley, Michael (January 24, 2014). "Marking History: Republic Of Indian Stream In Pittsburg". nhpr.org. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
- "New Hampshire Historical Highway Markers". nh.gov. New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
- "What You Need To Know To Request A New Hampshire State Highway Historical Marker". nh.gov. New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
- "List of Markers by Marker Number" (PDF). nh.gov. New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. November 2, 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
- Pauwels, Linda (October 24, 2019). "The unveiling of the new historical marker #0262 in Tilton today near Riverfront Park as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations". Facebook. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
- "New Hampshire Historical Markers". Retrieved July 6, 2019 – via Flickr.
- "List of Markers by Town" (PDF). nh.gov. New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. November 2, 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2019.