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History of Old Home Days

In 1899, the first Old Home Days was established in NH by past governor, Frank Rollins. Rollins wrote "“I wish that in the ear of every son and daughter of New Hampshire, in the summer days, might be heard whispered the persuasive words: Come back, come back! Do you not hear the call? What has become of the old home where you were born? Do you not remember it — the old farm back among the hills, with its rambling buildings, its well-sweep casting its long shadows, the row of stiff poplar trees, the lilacs and the willows?” Old Home Days was was formed in hopes to draw the people who had to left their homes for various reasons back home. After the World Wars, it was a way to honor those who served. In 1901, Maine and Vermont hosted their first Old Home Days/Week events and soon after, other states.

Through some research with the Royalton Historical Society, images were found where the first Old Home Picnic was in 1887 and the first Old Home Week was in 1901. The event used to be full of activities lasting a week long. This was a time for people to gather and reconnect with their fellow community members from near and far. This has been a tradition for many communities. 

Activities included: bands, bonfires, parades, poetry, dances, dinners, statement, speeches, and fireworks. 

https://newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/old-home-daysbriefhistory/

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