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Town of Pittsfield, NH Landmarks - Houses, Schools etc.

Based upon the opinions of Pittsfield  NH resident

Paul Oman

 

You know a community by its landmarks. Pittsfield, NH is no exception.

The following landmarks are the essence of the Pittsfield, New Hampshire community.  Know them

and you know the town


Pittsfield Homes, schools, businesses, pictures, sights and Landmarks - plus  links from the Town of Pittsfield, NH

 

 

Pittsfield NH Landmarks - homes - schools churches
PITTSFIELD: Sights, homes and Landmarks in Pittsfield NH - Paul Oman
 


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     Most folks come to Pittsfield by way of Concord, Manchester and the Epsom traffic circle. That puts them on Rt 28 North. There are

five exits off of Rt 28 in Pittsfield (which is less than a mile from Rt 28), but Concord Hill is the first and it is marked with this distinctive sign.



The Pittsfield marketplace sign is dated 2000. Artist unknown. The sign has a 2001 NH Sign Permit sticker that hasn't been updated/renewed since.




Concord Hill in Pittsfield, NH becomes Main Street and then Road. Most of the town's landmarks are a stone's throw apart

along Main Street.....

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Crest Concord Hill and there below you is the Suncook River dam. The road curves in front of the dam crossing a bridge and putting you into downtown Pittsfield, NH.


Pittsfield, NH as always been a 'Mill Town' and various dams have existed in this location. This current one was built in 1920. Although I cannot confirm it, I believe a shot of this dam was in the opening scenes of the TV show, Peyton Place.







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Just two or three properties past the Pittsfield dam and up the Hill (factory hill) on the left, is the

Congregational Church of Pittsfield, NH.....

 

Erected in 1876/77 after the previous wooden church was destroy by fire





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Practically across the street, on the right, is Pittsfield's Carpenter Library....

The William A. Butterfield designed Pittsfield library was erected in 1901 and was a gift to the community from

Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Carpenter.




Back on the left side, almost directly across the street from the Pittsfield NH library

is Dustin Park - with the civil war monument in front and both the Baptist Church and the old Pittsfield

Academy (now Mason Lodge and Pittsfield's Youth Center) side by side in the rear of the park.

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Pittsfield, NH Baptist Church

 

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Pittsfield, NH old school, Mason Lodge, Youth Center




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And next to Dustin Park is the



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Pittsfield's Episcopal Church

built 1864, consecrated 1866



Next the church is a bank and next to the bank is.....

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Wonderful Houses of Pittsfield



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Pittsfield's Tuttle Mansion...

Built in 1875 in Pittsfield, NH by Hiram Tuttle who later became governor of New Hampshire.



Now quickly look back on the right side of Main Street - Pittsfield, nearly across the street from the Tuttle Mansion...



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The old Grammar School is now the Pittsfield NH Police Department.




Across the street (back on the right side of Main St.) and maybe one building down

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is Pittsfield NH  Advent Church,

built in the early 1890s


and next door to that is...




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is the old Pittsfield, NH Community Center...



Back on the right side of the street, again just 2 or 3 buildings down,


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is the Pittsfield, NH Town Hall....

Another Pittsfield, NH building designed by William A. Butterfield, this structure was completed in 1890 and

served as a school for nearly a century.


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Not all of Pittsfield's landmarks are along Main Street...



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Pittsfield's Catholic Church is along the Suncook River, just before the Pittsfield Suncook River Dam..

built 1887....





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Drake Field is on the other side of the River from the Catholic Church. The Suncook River turns here so

two sides of the Field abut the river. The town boat ramp is just to the left of this picture. The river also runs in the back of this picture, just beyond where the grass ends.

In 1917 the children of Colonel James Drake donated the property to the town of Pittsfield, NH in honor of their father.




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Pittsfield's Floral Park Cemetery is next door to Drake Field, but also across the river (with a bridge between the two).

In 1865 it was the new cemetery in Pittsfield NH. It still is the primary, 'active' cemetery in town.






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Pittsfield High School is on the south side of down town Pittsfield, NH




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The Pittsfield, NH Post Office (03263) is on a side street - about half a block off Main Street.




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Almost across the street from Drake Field, and abutting Rt. 107 which makes a ninety degree turn here thus framing this property on two sides,

is Pittsfield's only 'chain' business in the downtown area, Rite Aid Pharmacy....





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Globe Industries, a fourth generation family business is located on Rt. 28 and is Pittsfield's largest employer. They make high end fire suits.




Congratulations! You now know Pittsfield, NH as well as the natives!

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Pittsfield NH History (copyright - Pittsfield Historical Society)

 

As explained in the Pittsfield Historical Society web site

 

Founded in 1768 by John Cram, initially Pittsfield was a collection of farms with several small centers of activity:  The Lower City, Upper City, South Pittsfield, Knowltons Corners and the Berry District.  Each of these places had a number of homes and some combination of stores, churches, schools and mills.  Within a few decades, the "Lower City" along the Suncook River became the dominant political, social and industrial center of activity in Pittsfield.  The town of Pittsfield, New Hampshire was incorporated on March 22, 1782 and its first meeting house erected in 1789. The first church was erected in 1789 in what now houses the present Pittsfield Community Center  The first school was constructed in 1777 near Catamount Mountain across from the Quaker Burying Ground.

From the very beginning, industry played an important role in Pittsfield economy.  Upon his arrival, Cram erected saw and grist mills.  About 1820, James Joy erected a scythe factory below these mills and in 1826 a cotton mill was erected.  In 1826, Cotton Drake engaged a shoe maker to come to Pittsfield to teach his sons how to make shoes.  The idea caught on and soon dozens of farmers and their families were manufacturing shoes in their homes. 

Between 1830 and 1840 the town population grew by 34.7%.  As a result, new homes had to be built.  To meet this demand James Joy and his successors at the cotton mill built a number of houses which became known as the "Corporation." Others erected stately single-family homes in the down area. 

With the arrival of the railroad in 1869, Pittsfield became the commercial center of the Suncook Valley.  Farmers brought their products from surrounding towns for shipment to Boston and points south.  The same farmers purchased dry goods, groceries, farm implements and other products in Pittsfield's stores which gave rise to a tremendous increase in commercial activity.  In 1924, the Suncook Valley Railroad became a part of the Boston and Maine system and continued to serve the valley that gave it its name.  The end of the railroad era occurred in 1950. 

In the war between the states, "it is doubtful if any other town furnished a more honorable list of men than Pittsfield, in proportion to the size.   Pittsfield sent into the ranks one hundred and forty seven.  Of these fifty-nine were either killed or permanently disabled;  more than 40 percent were casualties."  E Harold Young, History of Pittsfield

In 1870, Doak, Pecker & Swett erected a 30' by 200' shoe factory on Catamount Street near the railroad depot.  Later the factory was doubled in size.  Soon several other shoe factories emerged.  Most importantly, in 1879 "Riverside 1" was erected below the cotton mill on Joy Street.  It was occupied by C. B. Lancaster which immediately began constructing another building, "Riverside 2" adjacent to it.  By 1880, there were thriving shoe businesses on both ends of Pittsfield Village.

In 1901, Globe Manufacturing Company moved to Pittsfield.   Since that time, Globe Manufacturing has grown to over 180 employees and is recognized as the largest manufacturer of protective clothing for firefighters in the world.

 

 

 


RECENT FOUR ALARM FIRE IN PITTSFIELD

The March 2014 four alarm fire at Rustic Crust

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left 100 workers with no place to work

 

(Building was opposite Floral Park Cemetery

on the banks of the Suncook River)

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