Garrison House in the Spotlight

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An Editorial

Hampton Union, Friday, August 12, 2011

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]
A painting of one of Seabrook's oldest settlements, a Garrison house. The Historical Society has planned a presentation on the topic on Monday, Aug. 15. [Courtesy image]

SEABROOK -- The old Garrison, or Bound House was built in 1636, on the southwest corner of Small's Ave and Route 1. Local Artist Caroline Augusta Perkins painted the oldest house in the Seabrook-Hampton area before Peleg Small demolished the building in 1879. This year will mark its 375th anniversary and to commemorate this event, it will be featured in the annual Old Home Day slide show.

On Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. slides of old photographs and paintings will be shown of the earliest settlement in Seabrook on Route One between Rocks Road and Pine Street. In addition to the Garrison House, the home of Edward Gove, who rebelled against the British Crown and spent three years in the Tower of London, the Janvrin House (1680) on Pine Street and the Old South Meeting House (1763), built as a Presbyterian Church and serving as the Town Hall from 1768-1954, will be spotlighted.

This area was one of several small villages within the town of Seabrook. It had a school, courthouse, gristmill, small family graveyard (Chase, Gove and Janvrin), farms, the first town pound, boat builders and sea captains. Later on there were barbecue stands, a filling station, lodging cabins for tourists, a large gladiolus farm, antique shop, Seabrook's first library, a Baptist church parsonage, Perry's Tropical Nut House and the OUAM Hall (dance hall, post office, general store).

Members of the Bragg, Brown, Chase, Corey, Dow, Gove, Felch, Janvrin, Locke, Perkins, Rowe, Sanborn and Small families inhabited this small village.

The program will be held at the Seabrook Recreation Center (air conditioned) Monday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. A donation of $5 for adults and free for children three and under will be collected at the door to help defray the cost of this program.

Go & Do
What: Presentation of slides of old photographs and
paintings of the earliest settlement in Seabrook
When: Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Where: Seabrook Recreation Center
Cost: Donation of $5. for adults, kids, 3 & under, free.
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