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Welcome to the history site of Brentwood, New Hampshire. Brentwood is a town of some 4,000 residents in the southeast corner of New Hampshire, 17 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean.  The first non-native settlers came in 1652 to start a sawmill, drawing their power from one of the excellent waterfalls on the river that runs through the area.  The town has always been essentially rural.  Even today the residents do their grocery shopping in neighboring Exeter or Epping.  Today’s residents come seeking the same spirit and quality of life that have kept the town vital for so long. In 2017 we celebrated the 275th anniversary of its incorporation.  


Float from the front-2Float from the rear-2Brentwood Historical Society MuseumFoto Brentwood 12 Boyscouts badgesFoto Brentwood 11 one room school exhibitMilitary ExhibitChores of Yore - making ciderChores of Yore - squaring off a logA tall case clock comes homeHow to build a stone "dry wall"Vintage Vehicle DayOx team workingOx team admirersFoto Brentwood 10 Quilting


The Historical Society has made a major gift to Brentwood in celebration of the town’s 275th anniversary.   A new, updated town history was published and started selling during the 275th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, September 16-17, 2017.  Brentwood, New Hampshire Through the Years, 1742-2017, is a large book, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, with a glossy hard cover and over 600 pages of stories, articles, lists, recollections, and well over 600 pictures, most of them in color.  A core committee and many town residents worked intensely for more than a year to bring it all together.  It was a true community effort.  

It is a book that many people have purchased as keepsakes.  The first printing is now completely sold out. A second printing will be done this coming summer. We will announce more details about ordering and shipping nearer to the time when the book will be available.


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