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In 1784, Jeremy Belknap observed that in 1763

the conquest of Canada, gave peace to the frontiers of New Hampshire, after a turbulent scene of fifteen years; in which, with very little intermission they had been distressed by the enemy [Native Americans] . . . The joy was heightened by this consideration, that the country of Canada, being subdued could no longer be a source of terror and distress.

Following the Peace of Paris, which brought to a close what was commonly known in the colonies as the French and Indian War, there was a growing desire to expand settlement in New England.  Tension between the royal governors of New Hampshire and New York spawned a new effort to grant town charters, especially for those seeking to settle in the western part New Hampshire and what is now Vermont.  In the initial flurry of charters, 13 were granted to towns within New Hampshire’s present-day borders.  One such charter, recorded in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on July 15, 1763 established the township of Plymouth.

In partnership with the Plymouth Historical Society, students in Plymouth State University’s Public History course planned and designed a tour of selected historical sites to celebrate the town’s 250th Anniversary.  The students chose locations that reflect on four historic themes: work, leisure, religion, and justice.  Each of these themes explores two locations in Plymouth, unraveling tales that allow us to engage with the past, and to understand how it changed over time, in order to gain a sense of where we are going as individuals, as a community and as a region.  The project seeks to create a sense of history and, hopefully, of belonging

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