About HHS


Hooksett Historical Society

The Hooksett Historical Society was founded in 1974. It is located in the Arah Prescott Historical  Library on 16 Main Street in Hooksett , N.H. Mailing address-  35 Main Street, Hooksett nh 03106

The purpose of this society shall be to bring together those people interested in history, and especially in the history of Hooksett, N. H. Understanding the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life, gives us a better understanding of our state and nation and promotes a better appreciation of our American heritage.

The Society’s major function will be to discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of the area; its exploration, settlement, development, and activities in peace and in war; its progress in populations, wealth, education, arts, science, trade, agriculture, manufacturing and transportation. It will collect printed papers, gazetteers, directories, pamphlets, catalogues, circulars, handbills, programs and posters; manuscript material such as letters, diaries, journals, memoranda, reminiscences, rosters, service records, account books, charts, surveys and field books; and museum materials such as photographs, pictures, paintings, portraits, scenes, aboriginal relics and material objects illustrative of life, conditions, events, and activities of the past and the present.

The Society will provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility, as far as may be feasible to all who wish to study it or examine it, to cooperate with officials in insuring the preservation and accessibility of the records and archives of the county and of its cities, towns, villages, and institutions, and to undertake the preservation of historic buildings, monuments and markers.

Arah Prescott Library circa ____

The Society will disseminate historical information and arouse interest in the past by publishing historical material in the newspapers or otherwise; by holding meetings with pageants, addresses, lectures, papers and discussion; by marking historic buildings, sites, and trails; and by using the media of radio and television to awaken public interest.

The Society will cooperate with the state historical society (state historical commission, or state department of archives and history) to collect and preserve materials of state-wide significance so that these materials can be made available to students and scholars.

Membership Forms 

Please paste and copy this form and submit to the Hooksett Historical Society 2 Trent Rd,  Hooksett,  NH 03106

Membership form




Email Address

Hooksett History Interests

Individual                             $3  ____                       Family       $5______

Checks or money orders please.  We cannot accept credit or debit cards . Please no cash .

Hope to see you at our historical society meetings> Thanks for Joining!

State of New Hampshire Historic marker



From the HHS – 

Mr Robie Photo’s – signed

A Rail Hooksett Story- Bridges, Trains and things- a 30 minute video

Historic site maps- various sizes

Wooden Nickles- from 1972

above available from the HHS

Gifts from the Heritage Commission

New Items-     Cats Meow – Town hall, Robies Store and Mount Saint Mary’s

Afghans – Black and white only

Hooksett Historical Sketchs by Charles Hardy

Posters- 12×14 – Hooksett Stone Walls, Hooksett Barns, Robies

Photo’s – stone walls and barns

Note Cards- Head School, Barns

Village School Medallions

DVD’s –  Hooksett before WWII, Hooksett during WWII and Hooksett after WWII

the items from the HHC are available

library:  Hardy book

Robies: Robies poster;  afghans; Hardy book.  

Town Clerk:  Afghans; Hardy book; Posters (Barn – stonewall – Robies)

Town Hall (admin office):  Glass medallions 

  For information on Heritage Commission items contact- Hooksett.Heritage @myfairpoint.net


20 Responses

  1. I am looking for some documented History or old Photos of a Store that was located in ” South” Hooksett in the area of Colonial Ace Hardware. I have an old sign i found in an Old House i Renovated in town. The name of the Store was “H.L. Cushing & Sons” . From what the sign shows it was a General Store . I have also been told by some people in town that they remember it and have pictures in front of the store with Gas Pumps.
    Do you have any info on this??

    I have lived in toen all my life and have a strong interest in the towns history..

    Any info you have would be great.

    Thanks, Brian Gehris

  2. I will look into that for you thanks for the question

  3. Any Update or new information? Could this have been in South Hooksett / Manchester?

  4. Was there a settlement at Hooksett in 1720 and if so, what kind of settlement was it. The context is research for a historical novel and I’m looking for a small colonial settlement and hoping that Hooksett might fit the bill

  5. I am wondering if the Historical society has any pictures of Arthurs food market that was on the DW highway and across the road was Donates that sold lawn ornaments?I own the big neon coca cola clock that was on the roof of the store and would love to see a picture of the store with the clock on the roof.I have had this clock since the store was torn down and would like to put a history with the clock for future generations.Any help in finding a picture will be greatly appreciated,thank you for your time. Kevin Bourgeois

    • I am aware of one photo in the collection but will double check and let you know- I will let you know asap- A photo of the clock that you have would be nice for our society. I will send email to you with attach photos when i locate others

  6. To HHS — With lifelong interest in the Civil War, being a former re-enactor & being an amateur historian of that war with specific interest in NH’s role, participation & sacrifice, I have endeavored upon my retirment to compile booklets containing civil war veteran rosters accompanied by soldier profiles, statistics, honor roll & description of military terms of that era. When completed I donate the booklets to local public libraries & historical associations throughout the State. With over 200 NH towns contributing soldiers to the war there is a ton of work to do. I just completed booklet no. 67 & delivered it to Newport, NH. Recently I completed a booklet for Hooksett & will prepare to mail it out shortly. The packaging measures about 15×18″ in shipping envelope form. Where would be the best & safest destination to mail the booklet? Then of course, upon your inspection if the material is determined suitable for use as reference, study & educational material, then accept it has a donation. Like Civil War soldiers from anywhere, Hooksett’s volunteers must have their names and their records perpetuated in honor of the patriotic sacrifice of life & limb to save the union of states, preserve the republic & enable the demise of human bondage in our nation. This is just my effort, and an enjoyable one, to revisit the records.

  7. I have a couple of questions. Was Mount Saint Mary’s always a school, or was it originally a private home? Is there any place I can find some information on its construction and who owned it?


    • It was built in 1906 by the sisters of Mt Saint Mary’s. In the mid 70’s the school closed, was bought by NH College at some point and served as there north campus. In about 1995 the college offered the main building and the library building to Town of Hooksett. The town accepted the library and the main building eventually became condo’s . there were also student dorms to the right , which have been torn down. The House just north of the main building was also part of the mt st Mary’s campus but became a private residence

      I am not aware , at this point who the construction company was

    • The original building was designed by T. Edward Sheehan, a Boston architect; he drew the plans in 1905. Mt. St. Mary’s opened in 1909, a secondary boarding school. Mt. St. Mary College occupied the building from 1934 to 1978, when NH College took over the premises. It was around 2005, I think, that NHC sold to a private concern.
      I had found the following reference in Google books:
      The Bridgemen’s magazine: Volume 7 – Page 782
      ,books.google.com International Association of Bridge, Structural, and Ornamental Iron Workers – 1907
      Hooksett, N. H.—The contract for building the Academy for the Sisters of Mercy has been awarded to the J. H. Mendeil Co., of Manchester. N. H., for $145,000. Haven’t verified that.
      Kathie Northrup, Chair, Heritage Commission

  8. Concerning Mt. St, Mary all girl College. On campus was Guest House and connecting barn for horses and hogs. The barn burned and so did the animals. With mutual aid from Manchester Fire Department, the Guest House was saved

  9. Are there different membership fees.???

  10. I sent a postcard to the Historical Society about the Merrimack Historical Society’s Historic Yard Sale being held Sat., Aug. 29 at our headquarters, 502 Boston Post Rd. in South Merrimack from 9-3. The postcard was returned today for an incorrect address. Please pass the word to your members. I can be reached at 424-5084 or anitacreager58@comcast.net. We do have a list of items available on our website.

  11. I was wondering if anyone remembers the name of a steakhouse that was in South Hooksett past the Sky Ray…..my cousin was taken there by her dad as a child on special occasions. It was probably in the early 60’s.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated by her!
    Thank you!

    • That restaurant which is now the 99 was called porters and before that lombardo’s we have one or two matchbooks from those two places- unfortunately no photos of them , inside or out- the howard johnsons was across the street

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