I spent my youth watching westerns at the Proctor movie theatre on Sunday afternoons. So, when I heard about a NH stagecoach stop circa 1820 that had been saved, I had to check it out.
The Webster Stagecoach Stop and Store is located in Danville, a tiny town in the adjacent county of Rockingham with a current population of around 4,000.
Nathanial Webster, a distant cousin of Daniel’s, was the store owner. He was also the postmaster for the town of 300 from 1825 to 1836.
History tells us there was an adjacent stable where the coach horses were fed and watered. Passengers could buy items from the store that occupied one half of the small building while the other half was a workshop.
Nathaniel Webster died in 1897, but his family maintained the store for several years after.
The Portsmouth to Concord run went through Exeter, Kingston, Hampstead, and Chester. Because of its small size, Danville was not a regular stop but just as needed to pick up and drop off mail. The return trip stopped in Deerfield, Nottingham, and Newmarket.
Boarding stops were mostly at taverns, and tickets were purchased by those fairly well off. Most regular folks did not have the money and rode a horse or walked.
The building is now part of the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places. In September 2008, the building was actually moved across the road to its current location in an effort to maintain the integrity of the building and the history.
I do love a good western. 🤠
If you like doors, ride on over to visit our foreman, Norm Frampton at Thursday Doors, September 28, 2017, and check out a corral of doors from all over.