FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2014
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
New NH Historical Highway Marker:
Downtown Enfield Village
The N.H. Division of Historical Resources is pleased to announce that a New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker has been installed at the Route 4 crossing of the Mascoma River in Enfield, honoring the village’s historic origins.
The marker reads:
“Downtown Enfield Village
“This village, formerly called North Enfield, grew around mills powered by the Mascoma River. In the 1840s, railroad service and economic investment by the Enfield Shakers laid the foundation for its growth as a mill village that prospered over the next 100 years. The village’s connection with the Shakers is a defining element of its economic and cultural history. In 2010, Enfield Village was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.”
The Downtown Enfield Village marker is the 241st installed through the New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker program, which was begun in 1958.
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.