200 Main Street, New London NH

Current Use

  • Residence


  • 1987 - to at least 1999 — owned by Janet Bannano, cousin of Mary Barrett, below
  • 1967 - 1987 — Home of Mary Christine Barrett, daughter of Mrs. Marie Barrett, below
  • 1914 - 1967 — Owned by Mrs, Marie Barrett; she operated a boarding house here called "Maplewood Inn"
  • 1905 - 1914 — owned by Charles Chase
  • 1899 - c.190? — owned by Loramann French
  • 1867- 1897 — owned by William S. Messer
  • c. 1829 - 1867 — built and owned by Marcus E. Sargent

Building History

This house was built c. 1829 by Marcus E. Sargent (1801-19??), on land purchased from his father, Stephen, who lived across the street (195 Main Street). On Dec. 27, 1829, Marcus married Ann Severance, and this was their first home. On the Walling map of 1858, Marcus is shown owning both this house and that that had been his father's (who had died in 1856). He and Ann had five children and resided here "for some time," before moving to Scytheville and running the store for two years.[1]

In 1867 William S. Messer (1823-1897) bought this house, residing here until his death on Oct. 16, 1897.[2] With him was his second wife, Nancy (Gross) (Lovering) Messer whose parents, Martin and Hannah Gross, lived at 292 Main Street in the 1880s and early '90s. A carpenter by trade, Messer had a shop at 168 Main Street.

Lord's map (after p. 571) of 1899 shows Loramann French at this site. French,(1851-1937), the son of Ausbon and Emily (Eaton) French, married Kate MdKenzie (1857-1921) in 1874.[3] They lived in Proctorsville, Vermont, and they returned to New London c. 1900 to 1911 before moving to Concord.[4]

Charles Chase acquired the property in 1905.[5] Charles Pierce Chase, born in Wilmot in 1879, was a farmer and dealer in cattle in horses. While he was in New London, he was employed by R.M. Knight and Byron Jones and by Frank Mastin at his meat market.[6] He left New London c. 1915.

Marie E. (Cleary) Barrett (1879-1963) purchased this house in 1914. She and her husband, Patrick (1869-1945), were both born in Ireland. They were married in Boston in 1911 and the following year had their only child, Mary Christine Barrett. They first came to New London as employees of one of the summer residents and decided to move here in 1914. The property with a farmhouse and 65 acres of land (including some across Main St.),was still without electricity or indoor bathrooms. Heat was provided by the kitchen stove. Gradually they added to the house, expanding the number of bedrooms and baths, and Marie began a summer boarding business. Patrick had a smokehouse in the backyard and raised a few animals and tended a large vegetable garden, providing fresh milk and food for the guests. They called the house The Maplewood Inn. The family were Catholic and gave the land for the first Catholic Church (122 Main Street) as well as for the new high school in 1941 In 1941 they added a large piazza to the house and partitioned the dining room.[7] They also added a separate cottage to the right rear of the inn which was also rented.

Mary Christine Barrett (1912-1999) was in the class of 1931 at Colby Junior College and got at B.A. from Regis College in 1934, and returned to New London in 1936 to become Alumnae Secretary of CJC, continuing in that role until 1956, With Gen Millar, she was co-owner of the College Sport Shop form 1939-1987). She lived with her parents in this house, inheriting it from them, and selling it in 1987 to her cousin, Janet Bannano.

Photos & Images

Maplewood Inn

  1. ^ Lord, p. 380
  2. ^ Lord, pp. 508-9
  3. ^ Lord, p. 345
  4. ^ Squires spells his name "Loraman"; Squires, p. 390
  5. ^ Spiller, 1945
  6. ^ Squires, p. 366
  7. ^ The Speaker, May 29, 1941, p. 1