Clark House Museum
233 South Main Street
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
(Opposite Huggins Hospital)
Open in July 3 through Labor Day, Wednesday-Saturday
Take a trip with us... back in time! Discover Wolfeboro's heritage in our 1778 home, our 1860s firehouse, and our 1805 schoolhouse! Costumed guides will bring you back in time, where you can participate in the daily lives of the Clark Family as it would have been two centuries ago.
The Clark House, built in 1778, remains on its original foundation and was once the family home of a 100-acre working farm that extended from South Main Street to the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. The property was bequeathed to the town by Greenleaf Clark in 1917. In 1926 he and others formed the Wolfeboro Historical Society, which was granted a 99 year lease to operate it as a Colonial Museum. A complete tour of the authentically furnished house includes: keeping room, morning room, dining room, parlor, two bedrooms and an unfurnished area full of curiosities.
The Monitor Engine Company Firehouse is home to a number of antique fire-fighting pieces used in Wolfeboro dating from the mid 1800s. Two of these are "hand tubs" built by the Hunneman Company in Boston Mass. Also at the Museum, on loan from author and historian Q. David Bowers, is a restored Amoskeg horse-drawn fire engine; it is one of 75 still in existence. The Firehouse Museum also displays two restored hose carriers dating from the 1800s.
The one-room Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse was erected about 1805 on a site in Pleasant Valley in South Wolfeboro. All grades were taught in this room, with the number of students ranging from 20 to 50, depending on the time of year.
Our new 1840s barn will soon house 3,000 square feet of rotating exhibits.
In addition to guided tours, the Museum staff offers:
- Children's day camp
- Foral tea luncheons
- Monthly historic lectures
- Artifact & document preservation
- Genealogical research
- Special events & Old Home Day
- Colonial encampments
- Gift Shop
Events for 2014 include: Civil War Encampment, Guided Stroll through Wolfeboro in the 1860s, “Time Travel with your 18 inch Doll” Kids Camp, “My Two Students”, an Evening Play, “Time Travel as a Colonial Apprentice”, Kids Camp, Teddy Bears and a Picnic, “Trip Back in Time to the 1860s of Abe Lincoln!” Kids Camp, Antique Fashion Show, Applefest/Colonial Days, and the Annual Ice Cream Social.