Goffstown Reborn: Transformations ofa New England Town

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Like many rural New England towns, Goffstown has suffered agrarian hardships, sent soldiers off to war, experienced fluctuating demographics and produced larger-than-life leaders, such as Governor David L. Morril and Samuel Blodget. Throughout the twentieth century's great waves of industry, tourism and shifting social values, Goffstown has cultivated a special knack for reinvention and earned a sterling reputation for friendliness. From eighteenth-century border disputes to the first Old Home Day; from the Saint...

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Overview

Like many rural New England towns, Goffstown has suffered agrarian hardships, sent soldiers off to war, experienced fluctuating demographics and produced larger-than-life leaders, such as Governor David L. Morril and Samuel Blodget. Throughout the twentieth century's great waves of industry, tourism and shifting social values, Goffstown has cultivated a special knack for reinvention and earned a sterling reputation for friendliness. From eighteenth-century border disputes to the first Old Home Day; from the Saint Anselm College fire to the Pumpkin Regatta, over three hundred years' worth of Goffstown's history springs to life with Dubrulle's deft touch.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596296497
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/27/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,405,520
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Shovetown: The Town that Wasn't 15

John Goffe and the Founding of Goffstown 23

Dueling Congregations 31

Goffstown Fights the American Revolution 37

The Enterprising Samuel Blodget 45

Goffstown Brings Mills to the Merrimack 49

Goffstown Embraces the Idea of "Township" 55

Murder! 67

The Civil War Comes to Goffstown 73

Goffstown's Industrial Age 81

The War of the Town Halls 89

Baptism by Fire 95

The First Old Home Celebration 103

Edmond Pinard, Land Developer 111

Summer People 115

Winter People 125

Goffstown Becomes a Suburb 129

The Giant Pumpkins Are Coming! 137

The New Villa Augustina 145

Epilogue 153

Sources 155

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