Apr 5, 2016 11:46 AM
App helps NH tourists find historical markers
CONCORD - As spring arrives and people begin planning trips around the Granite State, the N.H. Division of Historical Resources has released a new version of its popular online "New Hampshire Historical Highway Markers" map.
Designed for both mobile and desktop use, the updated historical highway marker website features an overview map of the state that shows the locations of each marker. Users can click on any marker to find out its subject and location, learn which number marker it is – there are currently 244 – and see a photo of it.
The new website also divides the state into geographic regions with images of all markers located there. Clicking on any of the markers brings up a larger image of it.
New Hampshire’s historical highway markers serve as signposts of the state’s history and the people who made it. Subjects range from Abenaki Native Americans to poets, painters and contemporary sports figures; from meeting houses to stone arch bridges and long-lost villages; and from factories and cemeteries to places where international history was made.
The program began in 1958, when the first marker, “Republic of Indian Stream” was installed in Pittsburg. The most recently installed marker, “Revolutionary War Drummer William Diamond,” is in Peterborough.
“We hope the website will inspire people to go and visit the places where our history happened,” said Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and state historic preservation officer. “The regional maps make it possible to create a driving tour or to preview a planned trip.”
Any municipality, agency, organization or individual wishing to propose a historical highway marker to commemorate significant New Hampshire places, persons or events must submit a petition of support signed by at least 20 New Hampshire residents. They must also draft the text of the marker and provide footnotes and copies of supporting documentation, as well as a suggested location for marker placement.
The New Hampshire historical highway marker program is jointly managed by the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and N.H. Department of Transportation.