FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2013
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
New NH Historical Highway Marker: The Pennacook
The N.H. Division of Historical Resources is pleased to announce that a New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker has been installed on the campus of the N.H. Technical Institute in Concord to mark the location of an early Pennacook settlement.
The marker reads:
“When Europeans settled in New England in the 1620s, the largest Native American tribal group in the future state of New Hampshire used the flat lands at the bends of the Merrimack River in present Concord for itscentral village. Named “Pennacook,” whichmeans “at the falling bank,” they were abranch of the Abenaki. The Pennacookwere allied with other tribal groups in theMerrimack watershed and owed allegianceto the sagamore Passaconaway. Once numbering in the thousands, by the 1720s onlya remnant of the group remained in the area.”
The Pennacook marker was sponsored by the NHTI student council.
New Hampshire’s historical highway markers illustrate the depth and complexity of our history and the people who made it, from the last Revolutionary War soldier to contemporary sports figures to poets and painters who used New Hampshire for inspiration; from 18th-century meeting houses to stone arch bridges to long-lost villages; from factories and cemeteries to sites where international history was made.
An interactive map of all of the state’s historical highway markers is available at the N.H. Division of Historical Resources’ website, www.nh.gov/nhdhr.
The New Hampshire historical highway marker program is jointly managed by the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and N.H. Department of Transportation.
New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.