153 Main Street, New London NH

Current Use

  • Private residence


  • 1944 - 1995? - Home of Leland Ernest Welch (1914- ) and Cora (Gunderman) Welch (1914-1995)
  • 1941-c.1944 - Home of Frederick E. Winter and family
  • between 1936-1940 (years uncertain) - dress shop of John R. McCardell (from Lowell, MA, died Hopkinton, 1950)
  • c. 1921-1931 - Home of Thomas O. Parker (1887- ) and Lucy Estelle (Woodward) Parker and family. (By 1928 Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Bertha Clough had a "Sampler" shop here, selling sandwiches, antiques and gifts).
  • c. 1915 - Margaret Burpee Estate to Dixon
  • by 1873 - 1915 - House of Margaret C. Burpee (1832-1915)

Building History

This little house was built for Margaret C. Burpee, child of Moses and Lavinia (Currier) Burpee, born in 1832. Her mother, died "at the home of her daughter, Margaret, on May 19, 1881," so the house was here by that date.[1] It may have been here by 1873. Miss Burpee was a seamstress and "did ironing for the Colby boys."[2] Dorris Smith described Margaret's as "just a little bit of a shop and they added a porch and quite a bit onto that."[3] Margaret died in 1915.

Thomas O. Parker and his wife, Lucy, and children lived here from 1921 to 1931. Parker, Dartmouth '09, was submaster and teacher of science at Colby Academy and Colby Junior College.[4] Lucy and Bertha Clough, in partnership, hung a "sampler" sign at the home of Mrs. Parker, a shop of "artistic jiggers and antiques" and selling sandwiches.[5] They moved the shop to 41 Main St. in 1930.

John R. McArdell, a tailor and taxpayer in New London from 1936-1940, operated a dress shop "in the present Leland Welch" residence while in New London.[6]

In The Speaker for Sept. 25, 1941, notes: "Frederick E. Winter of New Rochelle, New York, has purchased the Thomas O. Parker house on Main Street. Mr. Winter and family will arrive October 6... Mr. Winter is an architect specializing in colonial types and at present time is redesigning a house in Springfield recently purchased by Mr. Barbol of New York."

In 1944 Leland Ernest Welsh and wife, Cora bought the house. Ernest was an auto mechanic and Cora a waitress. They had no children.

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  1. ^ Lord, p. 222
  2. ^ Squires, p. 361
  3. ^ Dorris Smith oral history interview, December 12, 1973
  4. ^ Henry K. Rowe, p. 379
  5. ^ The Highlander, August 8, 1928, p. 4
  6. ^ Squires, p 424