New this year at Old Home Days will be a Farmer’s Market and Artisan Fair at the Morrison House Museum on Pillsbury Road. From 10am to 3pm you will be able to visit local artists and farmers, to purchase items for holiday gift giving and produce for your table. This brand new idea at the Historical Society is a fund raiser towards raising the Reverend William Morrison House. This is the oldest house in Londonderry, built in the early 1700s. It stood on Gilcreast Road, next to Luciano’s Restaurant.
The Rev. Morrison house was disassembled and put into storage nearly ten years ago. The Historical Society has built a foundation behind the Morrison House Museum and has started the slow process of rebuilding the timber frame home. Specialized contractors, who know how to rebuild colonial era homes, will have to be hired for most of the re-construction.
When you visit the Farmer’s Market, also check out the books, T-shirts, mugs and historical books for sale by the Historical Society. All proceeds, as well as a silent auction, will be put aside for the Rev. Morrison house re-construction project. Keep in mind that every building on this museum complex property has been disassembled, moved and reconstructed, including the Morrison House Museum, the Parmenter barn, the Clark blacksmith shop and the newly assembled carriage shed. You can tour all these buildings and the property on Saturday, Old Home Day, and also enjoy a colonial encampment and children’s activities. A selection of antique, historic cars will be parked at the property, too, during Old Home Day.
The silent auction will feature original works of art, gift certificates, handmade jewelry and scarfs, and more! Thank you Londonderry for your continued support of the Londonderry Historical Society!