Our Town is buzzing with excitement as it prepares for its 275th
Anniversary Celebration! Commemorative anniversary apparel and
community spirit wear have been created in the forms of
t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats. A special store has been set
up where you can purchase your Windham Wear at: https://shop.myshirtbuzz.com/windhamnh/shop/home.
Windham was settled in 1719 by Scottish immigrants seeking
religious freedom. It represented a small part of a larger
settlement, known by the residents as “Nutfield”, which also
included the towns or Derry and Londonderry. The official
Nutfield settlement’s 300th anniversary is set to be
honored in 2019 with towns planning celebrations, parades and
many more events to honor that historical birthday. Windham,
and some of its original settlers broke away from the original
colony and petitioned to charter its own community. In 1742,
Gov. Benning Wentworth granted that request and Windham was
incorporated. All this month, a town-wide scavenger hunt takes
place with questions for the hunt available at Town Hall,
Nesmith Library and online at windham.recdesk.com. Deadline for
the scavenger hunt is Monday, July 31. The tentative schedule
of August includes the following 275th anniversary
Friday, Aug. 4 – A summer Soiree kickoff gala at Searles
Castle, 6 to 11 pm.
Saturday, Aug. 5 – Windham Business Day and s’mores and camp
fire tunes at Windham Town Beach at 6:45 pm.
Sunday, Aug. 6 – Windham Community Band performance and art
exhibit at Searles School and Chapel, 4 to 5:30 pm.
Monday, Aug. 7 – Movie and sing-a-long for all ages at Nesmith
Library, 2 pm.; a family barn dance and concert featuring Amy
Conley at Griffin Park, 6 to 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, Aug. 8 – Drop-in craft time at Nesmith Library with
“Build Your Own Searles Castle,” 1 to 3 pm.; a car show at
A.J.Letizio Sales and Marketing, 6 to 8 pm.
Wednesday, Aug. 9 – Meet and greet with Boston Bruins’ mascot
Blades, with guest reader Town Administrator David Sullivan at
Nesmith Library, 11 am.; performance by Nicole Knox Murphy at
Griffin Park, 5:30 pm with a family movie to follow at dusk.
Thursday, Aug. 10 – Historic cemetery walk at Cemetery on the
Plains, 4 to 7pm.; storyteller Simon Brooks offers tales at
Nesmith Library, 6:30 pm.
Friday, Aug. 11 – Annual Senior picnic at Windham High School,
11 am to 2 pm; reading of the proclamation, opening of the 1992
time capsule and Windham 275th birthday party at
Town Hall, 7 pm.
Saturday, Aug. 12 – Windham 275th Community
Celebration Day at Windham High School, 11 am to 4 pm.; Windham
Depot Caboose open, 11ma to 4 pm; Windham Museum open from 11am
to 4pm; ham and bean dinner at Windham Presbyterian Church,
Sunday, Aug. 13 – Non-denominational church service, time and
location TBD, community picnic and closing ceremony.
For information on the town’s anniversary schedule, visit