340* Main Street, New London NH


Current Use

  • Information booth, Chamber of Commerce

Formerly

  • 1982-2009 - Information booth, (demolished).
  • 1929-2009 - information booth (now at the WFK Ice House)
  • Near this site once stood the Marcus Nelson home, built about 1863; it burned in 1889.

Building History


c. 1863 - near this site after the Civil War, Capt. A.J. Sargent "built the Nelson house opposite the New London Inn; (New London News, February 1, 1933, obituary of Julia Dewey Sargent (Mrs. A.J.). The Sargents went to Kansas in 1869. Mark Nelson (1818-1884) came to New London in 1857 and "for several years" lived first in the Shepard farm,then "removed to the pleasant home ner the four Corners where his last days were passed in well-earned comfort;" (Lord, p. 512). In The New London Advocate for 1872, Mark advertised horses and carriages to let. His wife, Lucy Fifield Shepard (1826- ) lived in the house after Mark's death until it burned on February 8, 1888. In Anthony C. Burpee's diary for that date (Colby-Sawyer College Archives), he notes that "Charles Shepard occupied it." Along with the house, two stables were lost.

In the town meeting of March 26, 1916, the citizens voted to" accept the Nelson Lot, so called," with the expectation that the new library would go there with funds from the Amos Whipple estate. The funds were diverted to build the Whipple Memorial Building instead..

The first information booth on this site was erected in 1929 by the Lake Sunapee Board of Trade to help celebrate New London's sesquicentennial celebration. (Squires, p. 48, footnote 32). It was used until c, 1982 when it was moved to Elkins to the home of Bob MacMichael. He donated it to the WFK Ice House in 2010, where it is on exhibit.

A second information booth was erected c. 1982 with funding from the Chamber of Commerce (Stecker, p. 143). This building was demolished..

The third information booth to occupy this site was opened in 2009.

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