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Haverhill and Newbury Share Founders’ Day

  • Stanley Smith, of Haverhill, enjoys a piece of sourdough bread baked in a Dutch oven by Sue Rowell, of Newfane, Vt., left, Katie Szuch, of Westminster, Vt., center, and Rebecca Cornell, of Northfield, Vt., right, during Founders’ Day in Newbury and Haverhill yesterday. Rowell, Szuch and Cornell are members of the 27th Inniskilling, a re-enactment group that shared their knowledge of Colonial life to remember the establishment of the two towns 250 years ago. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Stanley Smith, of Haverhill, enjoys a piece of sourdough bread baked in a Dutch oven by Sue Rowell, of Newfane, Vt., left, Katie Szuch, of Westminster, Vt., center, and Rebecca Cornell, of Northfield, Vt., right, during Founders’ Day in Newbury and Haverhill yesterday. Rowell, Szuch and Cornell are members of the 27th Inniskilling, a re-enactment group that shared their knowledge of Colonial life to remember the establishment of the two towns 250 years ago. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Drummer Charles Chandler sits out while flutists Katherine Emley, left, and Rainie May, center, play a tune with the Woodsville High School and Haverhill Cooperative Middle School bands during yesterday’s Founders’ Day celebration. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Drummer Charles Chandler sits out while flutists Katherine Emley, left, and Rainie May, center, play a tune with the Woodsville High School and Haverhill Cooperative Middle School bands during yesterday’s Founders’ Day celebration. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Stanley Smith, of Haverhill, enjoys a piece of sourdough bread baked in a Dutch oven by Sue Rowell, of Newfane, Vt., left, Katie Szuch, of Westminster, Vt., center, and Rebecca Cornell, of Northfield, Vt., right, during Founders’ Day in Newbury and Haverhill yesterday. Rowell, Szuch and Cornell are members of the 27th Inniskilling, a re-enactment group that shared their knowledge of Colonial life to remember the establishment of the two towns 250 years ago. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Drummer Charles Chandler sits out while flutists Katherine Emley, left, and Rainie May, center, play a tune with the Woodsville High School and Haverhill Cooperative Middle School bands during yesterday’s Founders’ Day celebration. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Haverhill — Haverhill, N.H., and Newbury, Vt., began celebrating the 250th anniversary of their founding yesterday. The towns were founded on May 18, 1763, and yesterday’s events included re-enactors from the Revolutionary War in Haverhill and music, poetry and discussion in Newbury.

In Woodsville, Dartmouth College Professor Emeritus Jere Daniell led a discussion of life in 1763. Proclamations from New Hampshire and Vermont officials also were read.

More events are planned throughout the year, including the history of the Bayley-Hazen Military Road developed by the founders of the two communities, and a visit by a scaled-down replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Wells River on May 22 and in North Haverhill from May 23-27.