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. In 2017 we celebrated the 275th anniversary of its incorporation.  

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The Historical Society has made a major gift to Brentwood in celebration of the town’s 275th anniversary.   A new, updated town history was published and started selling during the 275th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, September 16-17, 2017.  Brentwood, New Hampshire Through the Years, 1742-2017, is a large book, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, with a glossy hard cover and over 600 pages of stories, articles, lists, recollections, and well over 600 pictures, most of them in color.  


A core committee and many town residents worked intensely for more than a year to bring it all together.  It was a true community effort.  

It is a book that many people have purchased as keepsakes.  The first printing is now completely sold out. A second printing is being planned. We will announce more details about ordering and shipping nearer to the time when the book will be available.

Museum Now Open First Saturday of the Month, 10–1, April-October

The Historical Society Museum has expanded its open hours.  It is now open to the public on the first Saturday of every month from April through October, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The open dates for next year, 2020, are April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1, September 5, and October 3.  All are invited to come and view the exhibits and browse in its library of books and scrapbooks.  Museum volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and show you around.

February 2021 Newsletter

Out latest newsletter is now available here online and is being mailed-out to current Members. Click on the Newsletter button in the top menu to open the online version (opens in a new page).

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