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Welcome to the history site of Brentwood, New Hampshire. Brentwood is a town of some 4,000 residents in the southeast corner of New Hampshire, 17 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean.  The first non-native settlers came in 1652 to start a sawmill, drawing their power from one of the excellent waterfalls on the river that runs through the area.  The town has always been essentially rural.  Even today the residents do their grocery shopping in neighboring Exeter or Epping.  Today’s residents come seeking the same spirit and quality of life that have kept the town vital for so long. This year we celebrate the 275th anniversary of its incorporation.  


Brentwood Historical Society MuseumFoto Brentwood 12 Boyscouts badgesFoto Brentwood 11 one room school exhibitMilitary ExhibitChores of Yore - making ciderChores of Yore - squaring off a logA tall case clock comes homeHow to build a stone "dry wall"Vintage Vehicle DayOx team workingOx team admirersFoto Brentwood 10 Quilting


The Historical Society is making a major gift to Brentwood in celebration of the town’s 275th anniversary.   A new, updated town history is expected to be available by the 275th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, September 16-17.  Brentwood, New Hampshire Through the Years, 1742-2017, will be a large book, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, with a glossy hard cover and 590 pages of stories, articles, lists, recollections, and well over 200 pictures, most of them in color.  A core committee and many town residents have worked intensely for more than a year to bring it all together.  It is a true community effort. 

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It is also a book that many people will want to have.  Because every aspect except the printing costs have been on a volunteer basis, the low price of the book will astonish you.  To reserve a copy, see the sidebar to the right or click on this order form.





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