SANDOWN — It is springtime in New Hampshire and time for the Sandown Historical Society and Museum to open the depot for visitors. The Society is busy getting ready for the warm weather when visitors to the Museum can stop by and browse through artifacts telling the story of life in Sandown over the years since the Town’s incorporation in 1756.

The Museum is housed in the train depot built by the Worchester Nashua and Portland Railroad in 1874. There are displays in the Men’s Waiting Room and Operator’s Bay showing how important the railroad was to the Town and how trains of the turn-of-the-century operated. The Women’s Waiting Room shows off artifacts and displays depicting life in Sandown and how its residents lived and worked.

Visitors can also tour the grounds and explore the former Maine Central flanger cars built in 1914 and used to clear snow from between the rails, the hand powered velocipede or walk among the flowers and, perhaps, sit on the intimate patio and enjoy a cup of coffee while resting in the warm sun. The restored track motorcar will be available for short rides on the track in front of the depot. Longer three-hour rides on the motorcar in Wolfeboro are also available.

The Historical Society will host an Open House on Sat., May 24 to welcome new visitors as well as visitors returning for more “atmosphere”. The Museum will be open 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The Depot is located at 6 Depot Road, Sandown.

The Sandown Historical Society and Museum will host a fundraiser dinner on May 17 at the Sandown Recreation building, located at 25 Pheasant Run Drive. The menu will be an Italian dinner with pasta, sausage, rolls, desert and drinks. Dinner will be served 5:00-7:00 p.m. and tickets may be reserved in advance, or a limited number at the door. The cost is $10.00 per adult, $5.00 for ages 5-12, and under age 5 are free. There is a family maximum of $30.00. Tickets should be reserved by calling 887-5922, or email at sanhs@comcast.net.

Proceeds from the dinner will be used to continue the preservation of artifacts relative to the history of Sandown and allow the Society to “tell the story” of life in the town over the years.

The Sandown Historical Society and Museum is a non-profit organization registered in the State of New Hampshire.

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