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The "Squire" is spotted out and about?

A man clearly resembling, and purporting, in fact to be, Holderness founding father Samuel Livermore has reportedly recently been making the rounds, putting in appearances at various community events leading up to the big 250th anniversary celebration, scheduled for Aug. 5 – 8, in Holderness. Here, he is participating in the recent, very patriotic, Fourth of July Parade in Ashland (originally part of “New” Holderness, until it split off in 1868). (Marcia Morris) (click for larger version)
July 20, 2011
Note to our readers: In an effort to uncover the truth about increasingly prevalent rumors that the illustrious Holderness founding father, Samuel Livermore, a.k.a. "the Squire," has been recently spotted at various locations around town, the Record Enterprise has dispatched several senior investigative correspondents to ferret out the facts.

HOLDERNESS—Could it be?

Official historical documents suggest that he died way back in 1803, age 67, and is buried hereabouts in Trinity Chapel across from the Holderness School, once the site of his spectacular manse estate. And yet, oddly enough, in recent weeks, there are those who would swear that the "extinguished" founding father, former Congressman (1798-1753), New Hampshire Attorney General and Chief Justice (1782-1790), and an original New Hampshire ratifier of the "Law of the Land" (U.S. Constitution), Samuel Livermore (known locally as "the Squire"), has been attending various community events and putting in appearances around town.

If the prominent, legendary Holderness first citizen deems it appropriate at this time to come back "home" from the great beyond, who could blame him? As the thriving town that he helped establish, way back in 1761, prepares for a festive 250th anniversary celebration, everyone who is anyone is planning to attend the big gala celebration.

While reports of the Squire's spectacular reappearances cannot be independently confirmed, the Record Enterprise was able to track down a reasonable facsimile of the gentleman himself, and obtained these comments.

"I am really looking forward to all of the festivities scheduled for Holderness250," said Livermore. "It will be very illuminating for modern day folks to get a sense of how hard life was for frontier pioneers in these parts back in 1761. Do you have any idea how long it took for the hewing of a log into a usable timber to construct a cabin? Why, it could take an entire day to complete just one."

This skill, along with others, such as construction of a settler's wall by Scott King of King Stone

Masons, will be demonstrated during the Aug. 5-8 Holderness 250th celebration.

King will be on hand to construct a settler's wall at Holderness Common Aug. 5-8. A third generation mason in these parts, King will start from scratch just west of the town's bandstand, build a pillar of stones — no cement — then continue the wall eastward for several feet. He says he may need help from those with an eye to what fits where.

King says his demonstration will resemble the wall he and others constructed on the Mall in Washington as part of the Smithsonian's American Crafts exhibit in 2001.

Other crafts to be demonstrated include a birch bark canoe, brown split ash baskets, Indian jewelry, covered bridge construction, and many more.

Other Holderness250 events include a Steve Schuch Free Concert at Kikwood Gardens at the Squam Lakes Science center from 1 – 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, followed by a Street Dance with Postage Due at the Little Church Theater from 7 – 10 p.m. that evening.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, there will be a living history Abenaki Indian encampment at Curry Place, with crafters and food vendors as well. At 9:30 a.m., the Mattatuck Fife and Drum Band will parade by boat from Cotton Cove to Squam Boat Livery to kick off the Grand Parade which kicks off at 10 a.m. From Shepard Hill Rod to the Squam Lake Natural Science Center on Route 113. Admission to the Science Center is free to Holderness residents on Aug. 6!

Then there will be the Vintage Boat Flotilla from Cotton Cove to Perkins Cove on Little Squam. In water, public viewing of the boats after the water parade will take place at Perkins Cabins and Golden Shores via Perkins Lane.

And this is just the beginning...Stay tuned to the pages of the Record Enterprise for more details next week, or check out the Web site at www.Holderness250.org. And keep those eyes peeled for the Squire!

Martin Lord Osman
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