The Rye Historical Society is offering wooden plaques to document and adorn your home.
The plaques are made of locally grown select pine, milled by Rand Lumber. They are individually shaped and painted white by a local woodworker. Vinyl letters and numbers, which are crisper and clearer than paint, are applied by Timberline Signs. One of these plaques can be seen on the outside of the Rye Town Museum, 10 Olde Parish Road. Plaques are $85.00 each, and include a one year membership to the Rye Historical Society. Checks should be made payable to The Rye Historical Society.
In the past, plaques were available only for houses built prior to the Civil War, and many of these plaques can still be seen on buildings in Rye. In an effort to document other buildings in town, there is no longer a restriction on the date of the house. However, as was done previously, documentation to substantiate the age of your home must be provided when you order the sign. The Rockingham County Registry of Deeds is available on line at http://www.nhdeeds.com/rockingham/RoHome.html, and the Historical Society is available to guide you. Documentation for houses that have plaques is available at the museum.
Applications for house plaques are available in the Rye Library on the information table and in museum.
Reproduced from RHS' glass-plate negative collection.
Charming little things. Made from vintage photographs.
8x11 reprints from RHS' glass-plate negative collection.
1805 Map of Rye(earliest map known thus far).
1857 Map of Gosport.
Isles of Shoales Historic Map.
Books, Pamphlets, and Journals.
Clarie, Rosemary F. and Thomas C. Clarie. Just Rye Harbor: An Appreciation and History. Peter E. Randall Publisher LLC, 2005.
Clarkson, Stephen. Patriot's Reward. Portsmouth, NH: Peter E. Randall Publisher LLC, 2007.
Cross, Deborah A. Remember When We... Wallis Sands Beach Revisited. Stories and photos complied by Deborah Cross. 2010.
Herlihy, Jessie Haig. Rye and Beyond. Pub. by Rye Historical Society and printed by C.G.C. Portsmouth, NH. (Poetry of a late Historical Society founder).
Karabatsos, Lewis T. Postcard History Series: Rye and Rye Beach. Portsmouth, NH: Arcadia Publishing, 2004.
Parsons, Bruce J. Star Light: Thirty years of photographs of Star Island, Isles of Shoals, Rye, New Hampshire. Portsmouth, NH: Peter E. Randall Publisher LCC, 2004.
Parsons, John L. The Churches of Rye, New Hampshire: 1725-1959.
Parsons, L.B. History of the town of Rye, New Hampshire: From its discovery and settlement to December 31, 1904. Concord, NH: Rumford Printing Co., 1905. (The oldest offical history of Rye complete with genealogy and maps by Langdon B. Parsons).
Rye Historical Society. Summering in Rye: Over a Century by the Sea. Portsmouth, NH: New England Printing. (Former exhibit at the Rye Town Museum).
Rye Historical Society. Recipes from Rye: Collected from the Residence of Col. Thomas J. Parsons. 1985
Valley, Bruce. Rye Harbor: Poems of the New Hampshire Seacoast. Forest Haven Publications, 2010.
Valley, Bruce. Seahawk: Confessions of an Old Hockey Goalie. Portsmouth, NH: Peter E. Randall Publisher LLC, 2009. (Written by Rye native).
Varrell, William M. Images of America: Rye and Rye Beach. Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2002.
Williams, Lois. Religion at the Isles of Shoals: Anglicans, Puritans, Missionaries, UUs(Unitarian Universalists), and UCCs(United Church of Christ). Peter E. Randall Publisher LLC, 2006.
Woosley, Agnes. Too Young to Travel Abroad: Journal of a Year of European Travel in 1856-7. Portsmouth, NH:Peter E. Randall Publisher, 1995. (A journal kept by the grandmother of RHS memner and local historian Louise Tallman).