1 Main Street, New London NH

Current Use

  • Commercial


  • 2000 — Lake Sunapee Painting Company; Accents Unlimited; Chadwick and Co., Florists; and Young Horizons Toys
  • Goldthwaite Home
  • 1936 - 196? — Home of Henry Homan and Laura (MacFarland) Homan (he died in 1969 but Laura lived until 1995)
  • 1908 - c. 1930 — Home of Frank W. Andrews and Elzina (Smith) Andrews
  • 1879 - 1908 — Home of Charlton W. Woodbury and Mary (Morgan) Woodbury; the Woodburys took in boarders and called their home "Maple Cottage"
  • 18?? - 1879 — Home of Deacon Thomas Farwell and Sally (Keyes) Farwell
  • c. 1858 — Home of Professor Mark True
  • 1845 - c. 1853 — Home of Isaac Pattee and Martha (Messer) Pattee
  • 1840 - 1845 — Built by and home of Moses Adams, Jr. and Betsey (Stinson) Adams

Building History

This house was built by Moses Adams, Jr. (1792-1858) , c. 1840. Adams married Betsey Stinson (1802-18?? ) in 1819; they had four daughters, three of whom lived to adulthood. The Adams lived here until 1845.[1]

Isaac Pattee (1815-18??) moved to this house in New London in 1845 from Salem. In 1843 he had married Martha Messer (1819-1853), whose parents, Isaac and Martha Messer, lived in New London. The Pattees' two daughters were born while they lived in this house. They moved to 207 Main Street c.1853. Isaac was a shoemaker.[2]

Prof. Mark True was living here about 1858. The Walling map of 1858 shows Moses Adams, Jr. still at this site, with Mark True next door. Actually Adams had moved away in 1845 and died in 1858. True should be at this property.[3]

Deacon Thomas T. Farwell (1809-1891) married Sally Keyes in 1831, and they moved to New London in 1849. Farwell first worked in the scythe shops and then "owned, and for a few years resided, in the Charlton Woodbury house on New London hill which he bought of Professor Mark True."[4] Farwell apparently moved after Sally's death in 1879.

Since 1879 Charlton W. Woodbury (1835-1908) lived in this house, "succeeding Dea. Thomas Farwell."[5] After his service in the Civil War in 1862 and 1863, he married Mary A. Morgan of Springfield. They called this house "Maple Cottage."

After Charlton Woodbury's death in 1908, The New Hampshire Argus & Spectator reports that "F.W. Knowlton has bought the farm of the late C.W. Woodbury."[6] Frank W. Knowlton (1855-1930) and his wife, Elzina (Smith) Knowlton (1854-19??) moved here from 195 Main Street.

In 1936, Henry J. Homan (1900-1969) and Laura (MacFarland) Homan (1908-1995) bought this structure. "Henry Homan has purchased what is known as the Frank Knowlton Place on Main Street near the turn of Newport Road. It is reported he contemplates quite extensive repairs on the fine old homestead which is one of the older houses in town."[7] Homan built the florist shop next door at this time, which he and his wife operated until 1956. Henry, who had earlier been the golf pro at SooNipi Park Lodge, was the golf professional at the Lake Sunapee Country Club from 1930. In 1942 when William T. Baird bought the club, he retained Homan as manager, an arrangement that continued until 1944. Homan then bought the club, with his wife being the sole proprietor of the business.[8]

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  1. ^ Lord, pp. 70, 215, and 739
  2. ^ Lord, pp. 215 and 371
  3. ^ See Lord, p. 91, where under Lucy Dole True it is noted that her son, Professor Mark True, was in "the Charlton Woodbury house about 1858."
  4. ^ Lord, p. 467-468
  5. ^ Lord, p. 641
  6. ^ The New Hampshire Argus & Spectator, June 19, 1908, p. 1
  7. ^ The Speaker, April 4, 1936, p. 12
  8. ^ Squires, pp. 150-151