|Londonderry Old Home Day 1920|
Although Nutfield was settled in 1718 by Scots Irish Presbyterians from Ulster, Northern Ireland, it was chartered as “Londonderry” on 21 June 1722. Later, the town was divided into Derry, Windham and parts of other towns such as Manchester (Derryfield), Hudson and Salem.
To celebrate, there will be 290th birthday party for Londonderry on the town common on 23 June 2012, being organized currently by Deb Paul of the Londonderry Times. She plans an old fashioned gathering, similar to what would have been celebrated in colonial times when the Scots Irish lived here. There are plans for Scottish and Irish traditional dancing demonstrations, bag pipers, and children’s games such as the 3 legged races, sack races, and frog jumping contests with prizes. There will be a cake raffle (birthday cakes?) and a cow patty contest. The Londonderry fire department will put on an old fashioned fireman’s muster, and hopefully there will be a display of Highland Games. Local organizations such as the Historical Society will be selling Londonderry themed gifts.
A video of Londonderry history is being planned to help celebrate the 290th birthday.
Stay tuned here for more information in the future… but in the meantime “Save the Date!”
Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo