Event Marks Anniversary of Burning of Governor Wentworth Mansion

Governor Wentworth expert Frederick Foley will be at the Libby Museum, Saturday, September 12 to talk about the Libby’s exhibit on the Governor Wentworth mansion and commemorate the anniversary and details of the mansion’s burning .

Foley has spent a lifetime researching Governor WentwLibby Museumorth and he will be at the museum from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday to talk about what happened on that fateful day 95 years ago. Just look for the gentleman in the straw hat. He will also answer questions about the life of the governor and his relationship to our state as well as telling tales about the past of this famous person.

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The Libby Museum and Mr. Foley recently refurbished the Wentowrth exhibit to make it easier to view artifacts which include a roasting spit, a remnant of a Suffolk latch, Colonial nails probably made by a Wolfeboro blacksmith, a fireplace lintel probably imported from Scandanavia or Russia when the house was built, pottery shards from the family collections over the years, a 1769 marked brick from the original construction, brass coins and many other objects. Much of the Wentworth display is on loan to the Libby for the public to see. A poster has been added to the display called “Man and a Mansion”.

Do you know the story behind the naming of Wolfeboro as the “Oldest Summer Resort in America”? It is because of New Hampshire’s Colonial governor, John Wentworth, who built a summer residence on the shores of Lake Wentworth. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Lake Wentworth.

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