The Pinnacle

Pinnacle Park- shown above – The following is from a advertisement found in the Society’s collection on the park 
A nine mile ride from Concord or Manchester,by trolley or steam cars, located at Hooksett. This constitutes an ideal place for picnics , with fifty acres to roam about in. The observation tower on the top of the Pinnacle  rises to a height of 490 feet above the river at high water, and affords a view of Manchester, Concord, Suncook and the pleasant village of  Hooksett nestling at one’s feet.
      It has been visted by people from every State in the Union, the various Countries of Europe, all the Republics of South America, the Provincees of Canada, an is growing in favor with the public from year to year
     From this Pinnacle, the view of the Merrimack River has been compared with the vistas of the Mississippi ,and  the effect is heightened by looking at it in a mirror. Certainly there is no more picturesque stream that the winding Merrimack , bordered by precipitous hills or green meadows, as it hastens toward the sea. On the other hand is a lake of beautiful green tinged water, having no visable inlet or outlet, of purest water for drinking, and affording ideal ground for fishing and boating
      In this Park is a fine collection of Deer, foxes and other animals, constituting an interesting Natural History Exhibit, and well calculated to please the children, as well as adults.
     The grove is provided with electric lights and swing chairs, and a pavillion with a floor for dancing, and complete set of disshes , makes the place suitable for picnics in any kind of weather.
     Admission to all privileges, only 10 cents
             Henry C. Carbee, Proprietor
                          1910 Postcard: 'Pinnacle at Hooksett, New Hampshire NH'
                          1910 PC: Birdseye View- Hooksett Village, New Hampshire

Open House

THe society will be open again on Tuesday August 24 from 1- 4. Look for the Open flag. Visitors will recieved a free Map of Hooksett historical sites on that day.


The Prescott Library will be open on Tuesday August 17, 2010 from 1 to 4pm- Look for the open flag.  I hope to have it openend the following Tuesday look for dates here and in the Banner

Old town hall again in spotlight

Check out the latest addition of the Hooksett banner  , where two articles are featured plus an editorial by Ginger Kozlowski.  Well said Ginger! The news  is interesting to say the least.  The attorney general states that the  deed restricting the building’s muncipal use can be transfer to the new town hall.  How is that possible? I for one would like more information on that aspect. If my memory serves me right there are already restrictions for the new town hall as dictated in the Town warrant article that accepted the village school from the school district.

As stated previously , Town hall must be saved. Its historic and is a valuable piece of the towns past.  It must be preserved  and not turned into a restuatant. From the point of view of the historical society it cannot and should not be altered into anything that will impact the Prescott Library. The two buildings are only 5 feet away.  I hope the powers that be have looked into my suggestions for funding. 1- use monies from the summer academy to save town hall or use the same funds that were used to rehab the village school into Town Hall.  For comparison sake , it is stated it will cost $600,000 to save old town hall , what was the cost to restore the village school which is at least 5 times as large.

We must tread carefully on this subject and as the Banner states if we can save Robies Country Store , we can truly save the oldest public building in town. It should be used as a museum for there is so much that can be displayed on hooksett history . not the mention the possibility of items from private sources.

New Donations

The Society recently recieved donations to the collection. 

From Claire LaBonville a circa 1960’s women’s white Blazer from Mount Saint Mary’s College- See archives for photo .

From Barry Langer– Items from the Planning Board circa 1980’s- Minutes of their meetings and some interesting plans of additions to Memorial and Village school.  A General Court tote bag used by His father Ray Langer

From the Estate of Lucille  Burbank– from Janyce and Kirk Demers, a photo of Underhill school prior to the addition of the Gym from circa 1960, Grammer school graduation programs from1938- 1939 held at Town Hall and a grade book from 1938