How Hampton Citizens Lived in Colonial Times -- Part 1

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- 1776 -- 1976 -

The American Revolution Bicentennial
Celebration Committee of Hampton

and

The Hampton School District, Hampton, NH

Arthur J. Moody, Chairman
Rev. Dr. Henry J. Stonie, Vice Chairman
Rep. Ednapearl F. Parr, Clerk
Phyllis Tucker, Treasurer
Russell D. Bridle
Harold E. Fernald, Jr.
Margaret S. Lawrence
Mary L. Loughlin
Fred A. White, Jr.
THE HAMPTON SCHOOL BOARD
John F. Woodburn, Chairman
Olga M. Casassa, Vice Chairman
Daniel H. Bryant, Sr.
Dr. Russell J. Call
Irene C. Palmer
Dr. Richard C. Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools

Acknowledgements


Hampton,
A Bicentennial
Community

The American Revolution Bicentennial Celebration Committee of Hampton extends its thanks to the Hampton School District, to the Hampton Municipal Budget Committee and the voters for their support of this project, which is published for the middle-school children of the Town in furtherance of the National Bicentennial theme of "Heritage '76".

Hampton has been recognized as a National Bicentennial Community by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration of the United States Government.

@ Copyright, 1975, by The American Revolution Bicentennial Celebration Committee of Hampton, New Hampshire, P. O. Box 1776, Hampton, N.H. 03842.

(Printed in a limited edition of 2,000 copies
by The News-Journal, Machias, Maine 04654,
Rosemary E. Bachelor, publisher.)

Introduction

Two hundred years ago the people of Hampton became part of the Revolutionary War. It was an exciting time to live in. Most of the people of Hampton were proud to fight for their independence from England, the "mother country" across the sea. Yet, it took courage, bravery and daring to defy the mighty Great Britain. This war brought many hardships to the men, women and children of Hampton and other villages. In the end, the victory made their fight worthwhile. They had won for themselves -- and for us -- freedom and independence. Today, we celebrate the 200th birthday of their struggle for freedom for several reasons. First, we wish to honor those people of 200 years ago who were so brave and so willing to fight for what they believed in. Second, we want the world to know we are proud of what they did. Finally, we want it made clear that we still believe in liberty, equality and justice, and will take time from our busy lives to be grateful for these blessings our forefathers won for us.

As we celebrate our nation's Bicentennial, many of us wonder about these people who lived so long ago in Hampton. We know they had many of the same feelings we do, but realize their lives were different in many ways. This little booklet will give you a glimpse into their lives. We will take a look at the homes they lived in and the family life they shared, comparing what they ate, drank and wore with what we have today. Pretending we are back in their times, we will look at the jobs they had, how they worked and how they traveled from place to place. Yes, we will even follow the children to school and see how they played.

How lucky we are. We can take a look back at those Hampton citizens who lived 200 years ago and fought for our nation's liberty. They, on the other hand, could never have imagined what our life would be like today. Yet, they dreamed of a better life and struggled to make it possible for us.

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