Welcome to the north country and the tiny town of Landaff, New Hampshire. Landaff was where my grandparents called home. It covers a mere 28 miles, and the 2010 census recorded 415 residents.
I went to many dinners, plays, and my grandparents’ 50th anniversary at this Grange Hall. It was the center of the community.
“In Essentials, Unity; In Non-Essentials, Liberty; In All Things, Charity.”
Right next to the Grange/Town Hall is the Church which includes a WWII memorial roll that lists my three uncles that served in WWII.
It is always bittersweet go come back home for a visit.
- Landaff was first chartered by the King of England in 1764 after the French and Indian War but then was granted to Dartmouth College in 1770 with the goal of creating a settlement and the promotion of “learning and religion”. In 1791, Dartmouth College begrudgingly relinquished all claims to Landaff and focused on constructing a college further south along the Connecticut River.
- Landaff was part of Vermont – twice!
- From the 1820s to the Civil War, small industry flourished with 6 bobbin mills along Mill Brook, starch mills, sawmills and at one time 4 post offices.
- The Order of Patrons of Husbandry, commonly known as the Grange, was founded in 1867 by seven men, one of whom was the Superintendent of Propagating Gardens in the Department of Agriculture.
- There are 23 Granges within 25 miles of my home.
- The 152nd Annual Convention of the National Grange is being hosted by the Northeast Region in Stowe, Vermont November 13 – 17, 2018
Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors for June 14, 2018.