Ashland was originally part of the Town of Holderness. The township of Holderness was granted by the royal governor to a group of proprietors in 1751. But because of the French and Indian Wars, the proprietors were unable to settle the township in the time required by the grant. So the township was regranted under the name of New Holderness in 1761. (The "New" was dropped from the name in 1816.) Factories spurred the growth of a village along the river. In 1849, the Boston, Concord and Montreal Railroad connected the village to national markets. Commerce flourished in the village, as stores were established to serve the mill workers. The village developed its own institutions. The interest of the industrial and commercial villagers diverged from those of the farmers in the rest of the town. So, in 1868, the southwest corner of Holderness was incorporated as the new town of Ashland.
Library Local History Room The Library's Local History Room offers a collection of materials of interest to the local historian, genealogist, and individual interested in New Hampshire and Ashland history. Included in the collection are city and town histories, biographies of famous N.H. people, books by N.H. authors, N.H. government, Ashland history and genealogies of Ashland families. We also have Ashland Town Reports, photos, postcards, local historical newspapers, Ashland High School Yearbooks, and Ashland memorabilia.
Historical Newspapers at the Ashland Town Library Plymouth Record: 1888-1897, 1899-1910, 1912-1915, 1917-1919, 1923 & 1924, 1926-1928, 1930-1934 Ashland Item: 1891-1893, 1896-1899 Newspapers are available for use inside the library. Because of the fragile paper and bindings of the old newspapers, we are unable to put them in the photocopier.
Green Grove Cemetery & Old Cemeteries in Ashland: