The Puddledock Press Staff in the early 1990s.

The all volunteer staff of the Puddledock Press outside their storefront office in the Hayward Block on Mechanic Street in the early 1990s.

The first issue of The Puddledock Press.

The very first Puddledock Press, Volume 1, Number 1, was published in December of 1979.

Farmington Town Christmas Party

The Town of Farmington used to have a Town Christmas Party. Here is a 1963 ad from the Farmington News.

Fire trucks outside the Station on Mechanic Street

Mechanic Street Fire Station in its hay day. On the left is the 1942 Seagrave Truck which was given to the town by H.O. Rondeau.

An old group photo hanging in the Puddledock Office.

Back: Ned Parker, Delores Bridge, Mary Cloutman, Henry Johnson; Front: Iola Sabine, Lilliam Emerson

Robert's Drug Store Christmas advertisement in 1906.

Robert's Drug Store was a popular spot in downtown Farmington and sold lots of Farmington post cards.

Old Farmington Town Hall

An old photo of the Farmington Town Hall, which is currently the Recreation Center, as it appeared in an issue of the Farmington News.

Fire Destroys the Trafton Block

The Trafton Block after a fire destroyed it on January 15, 1943. The fire damages totaled $50,000.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Historical Society and Woman's Club Host A Visit with Abraham Lincoln

The public is invited and welcome to attend an engaging evening with Abraham Lincoln!

"A Visit with Abraham Lincoln"
Friday, May 5th
7:00 pm
in the Multipurpose Room
Valley View Community School
presented by 
Steve Wood
Association of Lincoln Presenters
New Hampshire Humanities Council Presenter


Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address." Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.  

Steve Wood, a graduate of the University of Maine, School of Forestry, worked for nearly thirty years with the UNH Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator in Forest Resources, retiring at the end of 2003. He has been researching and presenting Living History programs as Abraham Lincoln since 1995. Steve is a member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, and the NH Storytelling Alliance.




This program is supported by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.



The program is sponsored by the Farmington Historical Society and The Farmington Woman's Club.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Farmington High School Students Debut Their Movie

On Thursday April 20th the students of Farmington School will be debuting their movie "All Things Must Pass".  It is about a group of eclectic students who compete for a film festival while struggling with the daily rigors of high school.  The run time is 75 minutes.  The movie will held in the main gym and doors open at 5:00 PM with the movie starting at 6:00 PM.  The event is free but people are asked to bring food and clothing donations.  Those donations are awarded tickets that can used for food, drink, and raffles.

Movie night is a biannual event that has been afoot for seven years.  Students of both the middle school and high school create and star in their own movie.  Past movies has been about drug use, crime, and range from action, adventure, horror, and science fiction.  Members of the program has been recognized state wide from Mayors, Senators, Governors, and have received several awards including Union Leaders' top 40 under 40, Seacoast top 10 to watch, and Governor's Art award.

The movie trailers for both the high school and middle school movies can be found on the Farmington School District website at www.sau61.org.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The April Edition of the Puddledock is Available Online an in Town

The April edition of the Puddledock Press is out at our distribution sites now or will be very soon.

Visit your local Farmington carrier of the Puddledock and get your issue now.

It also has been posted on the Puddledock Press website and the Farmington Historical Society's Scribd site, and is available for viewing online. You can also find this and past issues in the archives of both Puddledock Press and the Farmington Historical Society websites.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

The March 2017 Puddledock Press is Available in Town and Online

The March edition of the Puddledock Press is out at our distribution sites now or will be very soon.  Visit your local Farmington carrier of the Puddledock and get your issue now.

It also has been posted on the Puddledock Press website and the Farmington Historical Society's Scribd site, and is available for viewing online. It is also available in the archives of both Puddledock Press and the Farmington Historical Society websites.

Please consider advertising in the Puddledock Press.  Your support through advertising helps build connections to the community.    Price. Quality. Community.  That is the commitment the Puddledock Press makes to you. See our Advertising Page for details

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Puddledock Press Announces Town Elections Page as New Online Feature

The Puddledock Press is proud to announce a new online feature.  We have just released our new Town Elections / Candidates Information page.  In an effort to get you the information you need to make informed voting decisions, the Puddledock will issue a series of questions to candidates, and ask candidates running for office to answer them.  We will post all statements or answers to our questions on the new Town Elections page.

This year, our Town Elections will be held on Tuesday, March 14.  Voting wil be at the Town Hall as usual.  The Town Meeting will be held on the following day, Wednesday, March 15th.  The Puddledock Press has posted a series of questions for Candidates to answer, if they so choose, so the voters can get to know them a little better and understand their positions so they may make informed decisions when they vote on March 14.  The Questions are posted below the list of open positions and known candidates.  The answers or statements submitted by the Candidates will be linked to the Candidate's name.  We hope that this service will be of value to our voters and Candidates alike.

If you are a candidate running for any of the offices, please feel free to submit your answers to these questions to PuddledockPress@gmail.com. We will post them for our voters to review.


For Board of Selectman Candidates
  • Why do you want to hold the office you seek?
  • If you are an incumbent, describe one contribution that you made on the Board.
  • If you are a challenger, describe one challenge you see with the present Board. 
  • What is your vision for Farmington's economic future?
  • How do you accommodate those that do not share your vision?
  • What services and resources should a municipality provide for its citizens?
  • What are the first 5 actions you would take, or encourage the board to take, if you were elected?

For Budget Committee Candidates
  • Why do you want to hold the office you seek?
  • If you are an incumbent, describe one contribution that you made on the Board.
  • If you are a challenger, describe one challenge you see with the present Board. 
  • What is your vision for Farmington's economic future?
  • How will you balance an affordable tax rate with the investment needs for Farmington's infrastructure?
  • What are the first 5 actions you would take, or encourage the board to take, if you were elected?

For School Board Candidates
  • Why do you want to hold the office you seek?
  • If you are an incumbent, describe one contribution that you made on the Board.
  • If you are a challenger, describe one challenge you see with the present Board. 
  • What is your vision for Farmington School District?
  • Do you support accreditation for Farmington schools?  Why or why not?
  • What improvements would you make to the education of the children of Farmington?
  • What are the first 5 actions you would take, or encourage the board to take, if you were elected?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The February 2017 Puddledock Press is Now Available Online.

The February edition of the Puddledock Press is out at our distribution sites now or will be very soon.  Visit your local Farmington carrier of the Puddledock and get your issue now.

It also has been posted on the Puddledock Press website and the Farmington Historical Society's Scribd site, and is available for viewing online. It is also available in the archives of both Puddledock Press and the Farmington Historical Society websites.

Please consider advertising in the Puddledock Press.  Your support through advertising helps build connections to the community.    Price. Quality. Community.  That is the commitment the Puddledock Press makes to you. See our Advertising Page for details

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

The January Issue of the Puddledock Press is Online Now

The January edition of the Puddledock Press is out at our distribution sites now or will be very soon.  Visit your local Farmington carrier of the Puddledock and get your issue now.

It also has been posted on the Puddledock Press website and the Farmington Historical Society's Scribd site, and is available for viewing online. It is also available in the archives of both Puddledock Press and the Farmington Historical Society websites.

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