Mason, NH

Town of Mason

Mason Historical Society

 

Paths of the Patriots
We will certainly never identify all the paths the Patriots took. Below you will find some of the places that echo with their footprints. See Paths of Patriots for more information.

Note: Private residences are only to be viewed from a public way.

Venue Description  
Bennett Place
Brookline Road
1767
Bennett came from Groton and built a sawmill on top of Withee Brook in 1767. Later after the house burned down the Doherty family lived there; a summer camp was built by one of the Doherty boys.  

Blood/Morse House
Morse Road
1769–70
private            

Originally a 4-room 1-story house, built circa 1769-70 by Joseph Blood, who was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775.
The house was enlarged by the Morse family who lived there for three generations.            

 

First Meeting House
1776

Rev. Searle read the Declaration of Independence here. News of the Battle of Lexington arrived at about noon. At a Town Meeting, shortly after the Battle of Lexington, the Town voted that there would be an alarm company and a military company. The alarm company consisted of citizens experienced in bearings arms, from forty to sixty years of age, ready to assemble at any moment.            

 

Mann House and Tavern
Darling Hill Road
1773            

Built in 1773 by Capt. Benjamin Mann, who came to Mason in 1771. From that time until 1800 he was a leader in the community, an ardent patriot and a commanding officer at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Mann went with 27 men of Mason to join the battle. He also stored salt and a stock of ammunition at his tavern.            

 

Mile Slip Farm
Mason Road
1759            

Built by Alexander MacIntosh in 1759. The Mile Slip was a corridor of land a mile wide not part of any town at that time, left over between the eastern boundary of Mason and the western boundary of Hollis.            

 

Swallow House, (Sr.)
Brookline Road
1769–70
private            

Built by Jason Russell, eldest son of Jason Russell of Menotomy who was murdered by the retreating British in April, 1775. Owned by John Russell and then Ben Russell before a long succession of owners.            

 

Swallow House, (Jr.)
Jackson Road
1779
private            

Built in 1779 by the eldest son of Lt. John Swallow, Revolutionary Patriot.            

 

Tarbell Cemetery
Brookline Road
1825
public

Jason Russell, son of Jason Russell killed in 1775, was buried here in 1825 at age 89 years of age.            

      

 

Uncle Sam's House
Valley Road
private            

Built in 1780 by Edward Wilson. Where Samuel Wilson's (Uncle Sam's) parents and brothers lived. Uncle Sam's brothers fought in the Revolutionary War.            

 

Battle of Bunker Hill Memorial
Mason Common, corner of Darling and Merriam Hill Roads
public            

The memorial, erected by the Mason Historical Society, is a rectangular stone, granite, about 3 ft. high and 1 1/2 ft. wide with a bronze plague reading: 1775-1975, In honor of Captain Benjamin Mann, and the men who went from Mason to the Battle of Bunker Hill.

 
Heritage Sites
Many sites of historical significance exist within the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area. Below are some that are of interest.
Venue Description  

Mason Historical Society
Capt. Benjamin Mann House
16 Darling Road
1773

The Town of Mason was chartered in 1768 as Number 1, with a little Village Green on the Massachusetts border. Governor Wentworth was the British colonial governor of New Hampshire at the time of the American Revolution. He named the town for Captain John Mason, holder of the original grant of New Hampshire from Charles I. Captain Mason was instrumental in encouraging others to settle in the Souhegan area although he never visited the town he helped develop. A loyalist, in 1775 he was forced to leave New Hampshire.
The Mann House Historical Room, home of the Mason Historical Society, is on the top floor.

 

Pickety Place
248 Nutting Hill Road
Gift shop and restaurant

The house served as the model for the original illustrations for Elizabeth Orton Jones’ beloved children’s book Little Red Riding Hood.  
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