89 Main Street, New London NH


Current Use

  • Condominiums

Formerly

  • c. 1931 - c. 1993, Home of Merle C. Gay (1899-1962) and Vinita (Lull) Gay (1906-1993).
  • 1933 - Mr. Harold Reed Croft "recently took one of Merle Gay's apartments in New London with his three daughters": June, proprietor of the Silhouette Beauty Shoppe; Marguerite, a Colby Junior College Student; and Barbara, a Colby Hill School student.[1]
  • 1932 - Gays move to upstairs tenement and renovate lower floor for Royce A. Pitkin, new principal of New London High School, and his family.[2]
  • 1928 - Charles Follansbee built house on site of Everett/Sargent House, which burned August 13, 1907.
  • c. 1907 - after fire Sargent sold to F.A. Pressey; no structures remained here.
  • 1885 - 1907, Home of Andrew Jackson Sargent (1833-1921) and Juliette (Dewey) Sargent (1841-1933); 5 children. By 1885 the Sargents called their home "Chalmette," and took in summer boarders.[3] The Sargents' property extended across Main Street where their farm included what is now the Barn Playhouse.
  • 1852 - 1885, Farm of James Morgan (1806-1891) and Salana (Ide) Morgan (1811-1881); 5 children.[4]
  • c. 1816-1852, Farm of Dea. David Everett (1783-1866), (oldest son of Jonathan and Mary Everett, below), and Amy (Snowden) Everett ( -1850); 5 children (2 died young).
  • before 1789 - 1816, Farm of Jonathan Everett (1748-1816) and Mary (Messenger) Everett (1764-1833) On this original site Jonathan built a log cabin and then a "frame house standing on the same site as Capt. Sargent's."[5]

Building History

Jonathan and Mary Messenger Everett came to New London before 1789 from Attleboro, MA, first building a log cabin and then "a frame house standing on the same site as Capt. Sargent's."[6] After Jonathan's death in 1816, the property passed to their oldest child, David Everett. He built the Federal style house that replaced his father's, as well as the barn across the street (today's Barn Playhouse). The Everetts farmed here until shortly after Amy Snowden Everett, David's wife, died in 1850. David remarried and moved to Hopkinton.[7] He sold the farm to James Morgan in 1852.

James was 46 years old when he moved to Main St. with his wife, Salana Morgan and their children (the youngest of the five born a year after their move). Two of the daughters were to ultimately live near them on Main Street. In 1885 (after Salana's death in 1881), James sold the farm to Andrew Jackson Sargent and moved in with his brother, Micajah Morgan, in whose home he died in 1891.[8]

Capt. A.J. Sargent (1833-1921), was born in what is now the New London Inn. After service in the Civil War, he came back to New London with his wife, Juliette (Dewey) Sargent (1841-1933), in 1865. From 1869 to 1885 they lived in Kansas, after which they returned to New London and bought the Everett/ Morgan House. "Cap'n Jack," as he was known, was a carpenter. By1888 the family was taking in summer boarders, calling their home "Chalmette." Tragically, the home burned to the ground on August 13, 1907, as a result of "smoking hams in a shed."[9] The land was sold to Fred A. Pressey.

Fred Pressey sold the land to Charles Follansbee who built the current structure on this site in 1928. By 1931 Merle and Vinita Gay owned the building. They lived in the upper floor of the house, creating apartments or tenements on the first floor. Merle died in 1962 and Vinita in 1993. Merle, a licensed embalmer, worked for Fred Pressey from 1930 to 1933 and then became a Railway Express agent. He was also noted for the "Merle Gay Orchestra," founded in 1926, for being a charter member of the New London Fire Department, and for being a member of the Grange for 45 years.[10]


Stories & Trivia

The first owner of this site, Jonathan Everett, left, in his will, two-thirds of his farm and other "freedhold" estate to his son, David, and the other third to his wife, "Molly," "so long as she will remain my widow." He left money to his other sons and daughters, with the household goods to be divided among his daughters at the death of his wife.

David Everett and his brothers, Jonathan and Daniel, were leaders in New London's abolitionist movement, leading to their leaving the Baptist Church and forming the Union or Free Church at the Four Corners in 1847.


Photos & Images


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  1. ^ New London News, Sept. 27, 1933
  2. ^ New London News, July 6, 1932
  3. ^ Summer Rest, August, 1888, p. 12
  4. ^ Lord, pp. 270 & 365
  5. ^ Lord, pp. 94–95
  6. ^ Lord, pp. 94–95
  7. ^ Lord pp. 239–240
  8. ^ Lord, p. 365
  9. ^ Report, New London Fire Department
  10. ^ Obituary, Celena Todd Scrapbook #3, p. 9