FREMONT —The always exciting Fremont Historical Museum, located at 8 Beede Road (across from the Fremont Safety Complex on Route 107), will be open for the 2022 season on Sundays, July 10, August 14, September 11 and October 9, beginning from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Admission is always free.
The city of Fremont, which was incorporated on June 22, 1764, is now 258 years old in 2022. The city was originally a part of Exeter dating back to 1638 when that city was created. The Fremont section of old Exeter was first settled in the 1720s. When “Brintwood” now Brentwood split from Exeter in 1742, the western part of Brentwood split off in June 1764 and became the new town of Poplin. Poplin’s name was changed ninety years later on July 8, 1854 to Fremont. Why the town was originally called Poplin remains a mystery. Poplin is still a popular type of woven fabric founded in Avignon, France, dating back to the 1400s. The first known people with the name Poplin in America came from England in the 1770s and settled in Maryland . They gradually spread to North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri and Oklahoma where many Poplin families are still found.
The museum is packed with over fifty-five interesting exhibits depicting various events like the four riots that took place in the city, including America’s first mast tree riot in April 1734 and the first Civil War riot in New -England on July 4th. , 1861 and the FOURTH riot of the Civil War in the United States. We had the St. Patrick’s Day riot in 1874; and the riot of 1757 when local citizens literally chased the British army out of town, fearing for their lives, when they came to arrest John Kenniston for allegedly deserting during the French and Indian War. Come see the wreckage of the B-52 plane explosion that crashed on Spruce Swamp in 1959; check out the now famous girl group of the 1960s and 1970s called The Shagg’s; and how New England’s most famous eccentric, Lord Timothy Dexter, lived in Poplin in the 1780s. These and many other fascinating exhibits are on display at the museum to help visitors learn all about the impressive heritage from Fremont – Old Poplin…truly one of the most historic and colorful towns in southeastern New Hampshire.
The 1100-page hardcover “History of Fremont, NH – Olde Poplin 1764-2004” is also available for purchase from the Museum for only $35.00 for anyone wanting to learn even more about our wonderful city. There are also over 600 photographs and illustrations in this city history book.
For questions or more historical information about Fremont and surrounding towns, call local historian Matthew E. Thomas at 603-895-4032.