Welcome to the Hooksett Historical Society

Home of Hooksett Historical Society

This Exciting site will provide you with  information on the Hooksett Historical Society and about interesting facts about the History of Hooksett . the HHS is now 45 years old and our town is 197 years strong.

Look at the various pages for town and society events, photo’s and archival items.  Each page will give you a unique look into our history, its buildings, its people and its life.

Enjoy! Join the Hooksett Historical Society and become part of Hooksett History. Contact the society if you are willing to help at open houses, inventory or organizing our collection.  Theres many things that can be done.  

The header photo is taken from a circa early 1900’s postcard which depicts the railroad trestle with the old wooden passenger bridge ( in background) on the Merrimack River in Hooksett Village.

The Historical society meets the 4th thursday of the month in September, October, March, April, May and June. Other meetings scheduled as needed. Open houses are held throughout the Year and private appointments can be arranged

HHS and Hooksetts Bicentennial

HHS to participate in the year long celebration with special Video presentions, interesting programs

and numerous events – Keep an eye for more information

RoseMary Clooney at the Dragon

Hooksetts Motels and motor inns (in 1967)

Hooksett road was the main route north to the mountains prior to 93 interstate was constructed in early 1970’s . A list appears in “Hooksett Historical Sketches” by Charles Hardy . A * marks the ones that remain

Bradley Arms, China Dragon Motor Inn, Dolly Dimple, FireBird ( Beau Clair)* ,Granite State , Hi- Way motor Inn, Indian Cliff*, Lombardo’s, Lucky Seven*, Merrimount Cabins, Paul’s Cabins, Pine Valley , Rivardo’s (aka El Rivardo’s) Rileys Motel and Cabins, Tom’s Motel and Cabins and Goodnight Motel. Other motor inns and cabins or Inns that existed prior to 1967 included Sky Ray motel, Doll House Cabins, Burbank Cabins, Robinson’s (The Boulders) Rainbow Cabins( bypass 28), Starlight Motor Inn (bypass 28), White Cabins ( next to Howard Johnsons) and Elm House , Riverside Inn, Hooksett Inn, Ayer House

Dorm Life

the dorms at Mt St Mary’s College

a fun post card

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Hooksett village- circa 1912 –

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Save the Stone House

PUBLIC INPUT – DEMOLITION PETITION–        Update-  Stone House will be demolished

by developer 

The Hooksett Heritage Commission will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, July 16, 2020, starting at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Municipal Building, 16 Main Street, Hooksett, NH. Proper social distancing protocols will be observed.

Its purpose is to hear concerns or alternatives offered by members of the public or the commission regarding the proposed demolition of the circa 1938 home at 1253 Hooksett Road. An architectural historian has inventoried the property and found it eligible for listing on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

If you are unable to attend the hearing, comments via email to Hooksett.Heritage@myfairpoint.net will be accepted and included in the record of the hearing. You may also express your wish to protect this architecturally significant building by signing the petition Save the Stone House, Hooksett, NH, from Demolition at www.change.org/hooksettstonehouse.

Please share to other interested family, colleagues, friends, etc.; anyone you think would want to offer support. The Heritage Commission seeks the public’s help in urging RCA Holdings, LLC, to reconsider destroying this one-of-a-kind structure105809922_2768462890054077_1224007123834466000_o

Donati Yard Decorations


New Hampshire on High: Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of the Granite State-

This Thursday March 26 @ 630 pm has been postponed- a new program will be scheduled in its place. Sorry for inconvenience

October 24,2019 HHS meeting minutes

October 24,2019- Call to order- J Sullivan welcomed the 23 guests to meeting on NH at War.  A brief update given-  Oct 29,2019 HC will host  Harnessing NH- the State Dog- Chinook as second program for NH History Month.  Three Chinook dogs will be in attendance.  Updates on new additions to collect, town events and historic highlights on  town past- Dundee Mills, Veterans Park at Jacob Square, Bricks and Abraham Lincoln

Speaker Sue Kelly- educator programmer from NH Historical Assoc presented NH at War and discussed Famous NH Men and Women from NH serving in war from the French and Indian war and to our involvement in Afghanistan .  From William Rogers to Ryan Pitts , the program discussed General Stark,Mike Durant ( Black Hawk Down)and Captain Harl Pease and Hooksett resident Rene Gagnon.