Join the folks of Twin Mountain and Bretton Woods in the Town of Carroll NH, located at the crossroads of Routes 3 & 302, in the White Mountains as they celebrate their 250th Anniversary this summer. Carroll was first granted by charter on February 8, 1772 as “Bretton Woods” and incorporated as the “Town of Carroll” including Twin Mountain, Bretton Woods, Fabyans, and Crawford on June 22, 1832
The festivities will kick off on Memorial Day, May 30th, the town parade will begin with a memorial dedication at 11AM at the Carroll Memorial Bandstand on School Street where all veterans who died in the line of service will be recognized. The parade then travels from the Bandstand to St. Margaret’s Cemetery. Wreaths will be laid at the Veteran’s Memorial and at St. Margaret’s Cemetery. A hot dog & hamburger cook out, sponsored by The Fire Auxiliary, will follow at the Twin Mountain Fire Station. The Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods Historical Society will be presenting a new display for the 250th anniversary season in the Town Hall Community Room.
A summer long raffle will be held and tickets will be sold throughout the summer at all events, the town office, YaYa’s Market and Deli, and the Information Booth. Three winners will choose from: 1) A 13 ½ foot handcrafted canoe constructed using locally sourced reclaimed wood, 2) A 2 night stay with breakfast and a choice of golf or skiing at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, or 3) A round of golf for four at the Omni Resort course at the close of Labor Day weekend festivities. Proceeds of the raffle and the sale of commemorative license plates, t-shirts, ornaments, and decals will go towards support of the events and to finance publishing a history book of the town.
The celebration of July 8th will kick off when the New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker honoring Reverend Henry Ward Beecher is unveiled at 1 p.m. The memorial will be located at the intersection of Route 3 North and Fieldstone Lane near the post office. A reception, sponsored by the Omni Resort, will follow by the Town Hall Community Room where the Historical Society’s presents its display.
On July 9th all children aged 15 under can participate in The Fishing Derby at the Town Rec Center from 7:30AM until 10AM. A member of Fish and Game may be on hand to help children and answer questions. The 250th celebration will continue at the Historical Society’s display at the Town Hall Community Room along with a BBQ sponsored by the Twin Mountain Snowmobile Club beginning at 11AM at the Fire Station.
In addition, Rek-Lis Brewery of Bethlehem will premiere a lager for the 250th Celebration, “English Jack”, named for the hermit who lived summers at “The Gateway” near the top of Crawford Notch from the late 1800’s through 1912. Jack entertained residents and hotel guests with his paintings, stories, homemade beer, and antics. John Vials, “English Jack” was born in London, England in 1824. As a young man he became a merchant sailor, survived a shipwreck, joined the British Navy, and fought in the Crimean War. He eventually found his way to America where he boarded a train and arrived at the Crawford House in the 1870’s. Settling in, he built a hut which he called “The Ship” near the Gateway. He had a large sign by the road that read “The house that Jack built” with arrows pointing towards a path that led to his door.
Beech Hill Auto will host a “Classic Car Cruise” at the Information Booth on Sunday, July 10th from 10AM to 2PM.
On Labor Day weekend, festivities will culminate in the revival of the Mile Long Yard Sale with craft and specialty vendors surrounding the town center and Information Booth on both Saturday and Sunday. Once again the Twin Mountain Fire Station will be home to the best pancakes in town on Saturday morning September 3rd from 7:30AM to 10:30AM. On Sunday, September 4th, YaYa’s Market & Deli, Celli’s Pizzeria, and Munroe’s Family Restaurant will have specials during the day. Food trucks will be on hand as well.
End the evening with “Still Kicking,” a local band playing classic rock hits from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Information Booth. Bring your dancing shoes or lawn chairs to enjoy the music. Get supper at a food truck or grab one of the local specials on your way over. The highlight of the night will be the drawing for the raffle winners.
Stay tuned for an announcement about fireworks at the close of the celebration.
Details of events will be continually updated on www.250thanniversarycarrollnh.com.
Join us, won’t you?