Dover Public Library
73 Locust St. Dover, NH 03820 (603)516-6050 Mon-Wed 9-8:30,Thur & Fri 9-5:30, & Sat 9-1

Important Dover Historical Dates

1623   Dover is founded

1632  John Tuttle settles on Dover Point. Tuttle's Farm is now America’s oldest continuously family owned and operated farm.

1638   First Parish Church is established

1641   Dover becomes part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

1648   Richard Waldron's sawmill becomes the first industry in Dover

1658   The first schoolmaster is hired at 20 pounds per year

1662   The Quaker women are whipped out of town

1675-1725   Indian Wars

1679   Dover becomes part of New Hampshire province

1680   The Friends Meetinghouse is established

1689   The massacre. The Indians burn the Garrisons at Cochecho, killing
           29 and taking 27 captives to Canada

1713   Newington is made a separate parish

1729   Somersworth is made separate

1731   Pine Hill Cemetery is founded

1732   Oyster River is made separate

1755   Madbury is made separate

1771   Dover becomes the county seat

1773   The first jail is built

1774   The first female school teacher is hired

1776   29 Dover men are killed in the American Revolution

1788     Dover's first hanging. Elisha Thomas was executed for the
            murder of Captain Peter Drown, whom he stabbed in a drunken brawl.

1790   The first post office is established

1790   The first newspaper is established

1792   The Social Library is incorporated

1792   Dover serves as the State Capitol

1794   Piscataqua Bridge is built between Dover and Newington

1795   The first fire department, the Dover Fire Society, is established

1812   The Dover Cotton Factory is incorporated

1814     Production of cloth begins at Mill #1

1817   President James Monroe visits

1824   Sawyer Woolen Mills open

1825   General Lafayette visits

1827   The first calico made in the U.S. is manufactured at Cocheco Mills

1828   The first strike by women in the U.S. occurs at Cocheco Mills

1834   John Quincy Adams visits

1838    The number of ships in Boston from Dover was 97, a number larger than any place east of NY, other than Portland

1841    B&M Railroad comes to Dover

1847   Abolitionist John Hale of Dover is elected to the U.S. Senate

1847   Telegraph office opens

1850     Dover Gas light Company incorporated

1852   The first high school opens

1853   The first gas lights are used

1855   Dover becomes a city. The vote is 498 to 454.

1857   Franklin Pierce visits

1860   Abraham Lincoln visits

1861-1865   Over 800 Dover men serve in the Civil War

1873   Foster's newspaper is begun

1877     Dover Navigation Company organized, owned 10 schooners

1880   Garrison Hill Tower is built

1881   The first telephone

1889   City Hall burns

1896  Dover is devastated by a tremendous flood

1897   Garrison Hill Tower burns

1901   The first automobile

1902   Theodore Roosevelt visits

1904   Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is founded

1905   The Dover Public Library is built

1907   Cocheco Mill #1 burns

1913   Garrison Hill Tower is rebuilt

1917   545 Dover citizens serve in WWI

1933   City Hall burns again

1938   Sherman School is destroyed by a hurricane

1945   2230 Dover citizens serve in WWII

1967   The last passenger train leaves Dover

1973   Dover celebrates its 350th birthday

Visit The Dover Chamber of Commerce web page for a scenic tour of historic Dover.