WINDHAM — It’s a birthday like no other for area communities once calling their land “Nutfield” and Windham is one of the originals.
Windham kicked off its 300th anniversary last weekend, honoring the original Nutfield settlement and the area’s first settlers, who arrived here in April 1719 to call this area home.
With the official 300th anniversary of the original Nutfield settlement now underway, those original lands that became Derry, Londonderry, Windham and the Derryfield portion of Manchester have birthday activities, historical events, and special tributes planned to celebrate the rich history of the area while helping communities look toward the future.
Town Moderator Peter Griffin spoke in front of Town Hall to officially start the weekend’s festivities, giving a bit of a history lesson about those first settlers and what they faced once arriving on new soil. The kickoff also included information about the 300th commemorative coin. Descendants of Windham’s notable Armstrong family took part in a time capsule ceremony and then First Regiment members shot a cannon.
The weekend included the 36th annual Strawberry Festival and Book Fair that included a historical flair with demonstrations and guest speakers. The weekend rounded out with a charity road race, community church services, tours of the Armstrong town museum and the ringing of the chimes at Searles School and Chapel.