A town rich in history, Londonderry was established as part of what was originally called Nutfield in 1719 by 16 Scotch-Irish families. Growing rapidly, the town became the second largest in New Hampshire by 1740 and, less than a century later, its boundaries finally began to resemble what they are today. Over the next 100-plus years, Londonderry transformed from farms and their farmers and animals, tradespeople, merchants, teachers at ten district schools, pastors, doctors, and lawyers, to the community it is today. Railroads, roadways, linen, mills, shoes, and orchards helped shape the town’s history, present, and future.
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This picture is circa 1910. Aaron P. Hardy, the son of Daniel and Sarah Hardy, owned the home. Aaron learned to make shoes at young age and by the age of 21, in 1836, he had made $400. He later used that money to buy land and his holdings soon grew from 35 acres to 800.
He married Delia W. Brickett who helped support the family by making braided hats and selling them for 7 cents each. In addition to making shoes and farming, he also owned two retail stores: Hardy & Pillsbury and A.P. Hardy and Son.
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Image restoration by ImageAbility, Inc.; history provided by Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center (www.VisitLondonderry.com).