Garden Helpers Needed!

A big shout out of thanks to the Rye Driftwood Garden Club grant committee for taking notice of, then granting, our application to implement a landscape enhancement this spring! And perfect timing, as we reopen the Museum to a new exhibit in May. This plan must be installed prior to the end of June. Any garden assistance will be greatly appreciated this spring. Contact Debbi Toohey.

Thursday, March 28, Rye Public Library at 6:30 PM

Michael Provost, member of the New Market Historical Society Board of Directors, will give an illustrated talk titled
Adams Point, A Destination and History.


In the early 1900s, Adams Point was THE destination for many a “City Folk” who would arrive at the Newmarket Depot and either be taken by boat (depending on the tides) or be picked up by carriage (or later by motorcar) and journey through Newmarket to the four-story boarding house jutting out into Great Bay.

Neither lack of electricity, nor the inconvenience of no indoor plumbing kept the more well-to-do from sitting out on the large veranda and inhaling the refreshing and “restorative” sea breezes. Ladies would picnic and gather the wild strawberries, men would try their luck at clamming, fishing or oystering. Both sexes would go for excursions to the “quaint” cities of Dover or Portsmouth, or they would venture into the nearby forests.

It was here that Capt. Adams built his gundalow, The Fannie M, which was recreated at Strawbery Banke and named the Capt. Edward H. Adams. It is also interesting to note that Capt. Adams son, Cass, married Analesa Foss of Rye in 1936.

The program is free and open to all.

The Rye Historical Society Board is passionately pursuing its mission to engage people in the vital aspects of Rye's history so that current issues may be better understood, and future plans respect the natural and human history of the town. This is accomplished through special    exhibits and regular programs and museum hours.

Early in 2019 the Board of the Rye Historical Society is focusing on a new exhibition, educational programming, and planning for the 2023 anniversary of the settling of Odiorne Point. Following are noteworthy dates. All are free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 25, Rye Public Library at 6:30 PM


Carol White of the Fort Stark Historic Site will tell tales of German submarines in Portsmouth waters in the midst of World War II.


White will speak about a German 11-ton one man mini-sub incident that came to be known as “The Attack on Portsmouth Harbor.” The mini-submarine, a vessel of the Molch (Salamander) class, was first detected by a secret underwater magnetic loop that went out to Appledore Island. When found, the sub was taken to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard under extraordinary ​security measures and, after the war, was displayed for a time outside the commissary building. It is also thought a full-sized German sub may have detonated the mines in the nearby minefield in the harbor.

Rye Historical Society
​and town museum

Grant from Rye Driftwood Garden Club

News at RHS

400th Anniversary for Rye, NH


Programming related to the 2023 anniversary will be announced later in the year and includes presentations by Dennis Robinson and Katie Brodeur.


Mark your calendars for the August 25 Annual Meeting featuring The Story One Dress Can Tell: Social Positioning Through Dress in 19th c. Seacoast NH, presented by Astrida Schaeffer of SchaefferArts Costume Exhibition & Care.

Upcoming Events

Early May, Rye Town Museum, Date TBA.


New Exhibit: Farming, Fishing, and Fun


Curated by RHS Exhibition Committee members Anne Richter Arnold, Linda Lemelin, Ginna Macdonald, and Debbi Toohey, the exhibit will feature photographs, objects, fashion, and written history of the agricultural, seagoing, sport, entertainment, and whimsy of historic Rye. The team has selected items from the existing collection at the Rye Town Museum as well as additional items from residents.

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