CHATHAM — The Chatham Historical Society located in the old schoolhouse in Chatham Center will be hosting an ice cream social and stories of old Chatham on Friday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m.

The locally made ice cream will sell for $2 per bowl (with toppings) and will help raise funds for continuing improvements.

The old schoolhouse, which the historical society acquired from the town in May 2018, was recently added to the New Hampshire Registry of Historic Places, being the last kindergarten through grade eight one-room schoolhouse to close in the state.

The building houses historic records, artifacts and photos of Chatham and the Cold River Valley and is open for research on Friday afternoons.

Since the acquisition of the building, the historical society has made numerous improvements: reinforcing structural elements of the building; repairing the chimney; updating the lighting; painting; and recently, restoring water to the building from a historic well across the street in the old parsonage lot. Much of the work has been done with volunteer labor.

The evening’s featured speaker and storyteller will be Frank Eastman, who has lived in Chatham for over 80 years. In addition to years of working on the road crew, Eastman has provided firewood and has served as caretaker of many local properties.

He has been a member of Fryeburg Rescue and the Saco Valley Volunteer Fire Department. He is easily recognized by his truck with “FRANK” welded across the rear window. Expect many funny and dramatic stories of epic storms, wildlife and memorable characters.

“Any story depends on the teller’s perspective,” Jeanne Eastman, president of Chatham Historical Society said. “The history of Chatham that Frank has stored in his memory is a treasure chest of people and events in our town’s past. I expect the evening to be a feast.”

All are welcome. This event will be held at the Chatham Historical Society at 1061 Main Road (113B) in Chatham.

For more information, call (860) 614-1394.

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