The Ice House Museum

The Ice House Museum Come enjoy a stroll back to a simpler time and enjoy our local history. We are open during the summer roughly from Memorial Day to Columbus Day
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A NEW ADDITION....On Saturday, September 26th, a picture perfect New Hampshire Fall day, the Merrill Family (pictured) d...
10/02/2020

A NEW ADDITION....On Saturday, September 26th, a picture perfect New Hampshire Fall day, the Merrill Family (pictured) delivered a 1917 Ford Model T to the WFK Ice House Museum in New London, as a donation and tribute to their parents’ long-time friend and the man whose collection is housed at the museum, William F. Kidder, Sr. Russ Merrill and his wife, Ada were members of the PAL (Profile Automobile League) of which Kidder was a founding member. The Merrills brought this Model T to many of the club meets joining Bill Kidder and his wife, Petie and Bud and Ade Lauridsen, long-time New London residents and close friends of the Kidders.
When Russ Merrill passed away, his family decided that a great way to honor their father would be to donate the 1917 T to the Ice House Museum, adding to an already impressive collection of early Fords. “One of the things that make this car so special is that it is a right-hand drive model” said Pete Lauridsen of Lauridsen Auto Body in New London.
The three children of the Merrills, Dean, Lisa and Geoffrey, along with other family members, made the trek up from the Seacoast with the Model T in tow. The family spent a few hours looking around the museum and reminiscing and commented about how terrific the collection was.
Not only does the collection include many pre and post Model T Fords, among other models; but also houses thousands of items of local historical interest and examples of Yankee Ingenuity, a favorite topic of Kidder’s. The museum, founded after his death, lives true to its slogan “Preserving Local Treasures since 2005” and is recognized as one of the Sunapee Region’s best kept secrets.
Annually, the museum offers several events open to the public including, Old Ford Day, Antique Tractor and One Lunger Day and a Cracker Barrel event on varying topics. The museum is located at 91 Pleasant Street in New London and is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-4:00 and Saturdays from 9:00-2:00. More information can be found on their website wfkicehouse.org and Facebook.

Pictured with the 1917 Model T are the Merrill family members and in the back, Ben Cochran, the museum’s “Head Tinker” and Pete Lauridsen, son of Bud Lauridsen and member of the museum board.

05/21/2020

Just wanted to let folks know that while we typically open Memorial Day weekend, this year has been anything but typical so far. We will be delaying our opening until sometime in future. We will post here as soon as we have an opening date. We can't wait to be back open and see everyone and have life get back closer to normal.

Orangina and Andre Montandon are probably our first Swiss visitors to the Ice House, but certainly the first driving a v...
10/10/2019

Orangina and Andre Montandon are probably our first Swiss visitors to the Ice House, but certainly the first driving a vehicle registered in Switzerland. The 1980s Citroen van is named 'The Blue Mosquito' and they are travelling the world in it. Most recently Canada and the US. They have a most delightful blog at

https://moustiquebleuaunouveaumonde.jimdo.com

It is in french, but Google translate works great. (Go in the blog, right click, and select translate.)

Their travels certainly make me envious. One of the advantages in driving 'The Blue Mosquito' is that it makes it so easy to meet people. In that respect it works like Baxter, my Son's big Bernice Mountain Dog. (RIP)

Storm Connors

Thanks so much to all that came out for the event today.
10/06/2019

Thanks so much to all that came out for the event today.

Thanks to all who attended last night's event and made it such a great one. There will be more in the future!
06/27/2019

Thanks to all who attended last night's event and made it such a great one. There will be more in the future!

01/16/2019
Muster Field Farm Museum

A date change to be aware of.

Ice Day has been postponed due to the coming snowstorm. Therefore, Ice Day 2019 will be on February 3, 2019.

Happy New Year from all of us at The Ice House!
01/01/2019

Happy New Year from all of us at The Ice House!

05/30/2018

The Ice House is looking for a few new people to join our group of Greeters. As the title suggests, you would greet visitors to the museum, have them sign our guest book and get them started looking around. We have 2-3 hour shifts Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-4 and Saturdays from 9-2. Some people prefer to work as a pair and others alone. You are also welcome to become a cobwebber and evict some of the local fauna that find our nooks and crannies to their liking. Let us know if you have a few hours to offer. Take a stroll down memory lane by poking around the museum. Greet some folks visiting the area and some you just haven't seen in a while.

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines!  We're official open for the season.  Come visit Saturdays 9-2 and Tuesdays an...
05/26/2018

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines! We're official open for the season. Come visit Saturdays 9-2 and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-4.

The Ice House sends our deepest condolences to all of Kittie's family and friends. New London has lost a true treasure i...
05/04/2018

The Ice House sends our deepest condolences to all of Kittie's family and friends. New London has lost a true treasure in Kittie. She made a deep impact on our community in many ways and she will be greatly missed.

It is with extraordinary sadness that I must tell you that Kittie Wilson, Our Precious Loon Lady, who had an incredible zest for life passed away May 3. Kittie really enjoyed doing the weekly “All Things Pleasant”.

What started out as a communication among a few friends on the Lake, turned into a weekly column about nature and what is good in the world eventually reaching thousands all over the world. She loved getting your feedback, both my email and in person. I had thirty unbelievable years of marital bliss with her.

There will be a memorial service followed by a Grand Reception, May 18. I hope that those of you who don’t live in the UK or South Africa or some other far flung place might be able join us at this upbeat event.

Sincerely,

Kittie’s beloved husband, John Wilson

Kittie Wilson, Our Precious Loon Lady

Kittie Wilson, Our Precious Loon Lady, died on May 3, with her loving husband by her side after putting up a very vigorous fight against a very aggressive cancer. A memorial service to celebrate Kittie’s zest for the world of nature and her exceptional ability to convey that to others will be held at the First Baptist Church in New London, Friday, May 18 at 2:00PM. A grand reception will be held following the service at The Lake Sunapee Country Club.

Kittie was born July 7, 1949 in Bangor Maine to Patricia Duncan Moore and William Burnett Moore. She lived most of her life in New Hampshire. After graduating from Epsom High School, Kittie attended Plymouth State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and also her Master’s Degree in Education. She also received a teaching certificate for advanced studies in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Connecticut.

Kittie spent her entire career of 31 years in the Kearsarge Regional School District, where she taught the third grade for fifteen years and then developed the well-known and respected Mindstretch Program which she taught in all of the district’s elementary schools for the next 16 years. In 1993, she received the Krista McAullife Award as the State’s best teacher which included a year’s sabbatical, a time which she used to teach and demonstrate the Mindstretch program at 85 different schools throughout the state.

Kittie had a passion for the outdoors and all things in nature. In retirement she worked very hard to maintain the quality and neighborliness of Pleasant Lake. This lead to her passion for protecting loons, a threatened species in New Hampshire. She became an avid and very talented photographer of nature, but particularly of loon and loon behavior. She received the Loon Preservation Committee’s Spirit of the Loon Award and the EPA’s Meritorious Lifetime Achievement Award for all of her endeavors to protect loons. She was a noted speaker about loon behavior throughout the state.

Kittie is survived by her loving husband John of 29 years, her brother Michael Moore and his family, her sister Karen Johnson and her family, her step-son Jeb Wilson and Aberfeldy and Macallan.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Loon Preservation Committee, PO Box 604, Moultonborough, NH 03254, but Kittie also loved flowers. There never were too many.

04/14/2018
1925 Model T Ford at Work

Here's a fun video that Storm Connors found and passed on.

A video I produced to celebrate my Dad's birthday this year, he would have been 88. He always enjoyed demonstrating the vintage iron in action. I am not quit...

A cool shot of the Town Info booth when it was still in use.
04/02/2018

A cool shot of the Town Info booth when it was still in use.

If you're looking for something to do tomorrow morning, this is a great event!
01/20/2018

If you're looking for something to do tomorrow morning, this is a great event!

Ice Day is this weekend!

Come down to the ice at Horse Beach on Kezar Lake in North Sutton, NH at 9:00 a.m. to see the ice cutting & loading, then follow the trucks to Muster Field Farm Museum down the road for warm soups, baked goods & warm beverages in the Schoolhouse and watch volunteers load the ice into the Ice House. (The event is free, food is for sale.)

A perfect way to spend a January Sunday morning in NH!

Merry Christmas to all those that celebrate and a very happy New Year to all.
12/25/2017

Merry Christmas to all those that celebrate and a very happy New Year to all.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! May it be a great day with family, friends and lots to be thankful for.
11/23/2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all! May it be a great day with family, friends and lots to be thankful for.

Join us for Thursday's Child one week from tonight.  Great food for great causes!
10/19/2017

Join us for Thursday's Child one week from tonight. Great food for great causes!

09/23/2017

One lungers

As some people have asked, here's a little better picture of the mural while it was in the wall as well as a blurb on th...
09/06/2017

As some people have asked, here's a little better picture of the mural while it was in the wall as well as a blurb on the history and symbolism behind it.

09/06/2017
Mural Move

We are lucky enough to have on long term loan the Francis Merritt mural that was removed from the 1941 Building by Brian Dumais. Here's a little video that gives a quick glimpse into some of what it took to pull this off on moving day. We can't say thank enough to Brian for saving this important piece of local history! Many thanks to NIck Brady for putting the video together.

The Ice House is beyond honored to have had such a close association with Bud and Ade throughout the years!  We can't im...
06/12/2017

The Ice House is beyond honored to have had such a close association with Bud and Ade throughout the years! We can't imagine a more fitting couple to receive the Third of a Century Award from the New London Service Organization.

A very special day in the village for a very special couple. The New London Service Organization awarded Ade Lauridsen the third of a century award at the Meeting House.
Wonderful tribute and many great stories about Ade and Bud and how very much they have given to the community- and had fun doing it!
NLHS is but just one of the organizations in town that benefited from their leadership.
Bravo!

Remembering all the people who made the ultimate sacrifice for their friends, family and country.
05/29/2017

Remembering all the people who made the ultimate sacrifice for their friends, family and country.

04/26/2017
Ade Lauridsen

A great portrait of an even greater local woman!

Thanks to all that made the event on Saturday such a great one!  Great weather and great turnout.  And fun was had by al...
09/26/2016

Thanks to all that made the event on Saturday such a great one! Great weather and great turnout. And fun was had by all.

Little engine project.
07/05/2016

Little engine project.

Great thanks to all those who sacrificed to make this country what it is! Have a great Memorial Day.
05/30/2016

Great thanks to all those who sacrificed to make this country what it is! Have a great Memorial Day.

The Ice House Museum's cover photo
05/30/2016

The Ice House Museum's cover photo

It's a sure sign of summer when we open for the year.  We're here Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-4 and Saturdays 9-2.  Come en...
05/30/2016

It's a sure sign of summer when we open for the year. We're here Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-4 and Saturdays 9-2. Come enjoy a look at some of New London's history.

Photo By Ed Thomas Photography

Here's wishing all that celebrate a very Merry Christmas from all of us at The Ice House.  Thanks for making it another ...
12/24/2015

Here's wishing all that celebrate a very Merry Christmas from all of us at The Ice House. Thanks for making it another great year for us!

Don't forget about the New London Historical Society's Holiday Open House tomorrow!
12/05/2015

Don't forget about the New London Historical Society's Holiday Open House tomorrow!

Holiday Open House, Sunday December 6, 11:30am-3:30 pm

Join us to explore and experience the holiday season of yesteryear. You will hear the clang of the Blacksmith hammer, holiday tunes, bell of the town crier before announcing special programs in the village.

The shoppers to the general store will be delight by the smell of cured meats cooking atop the wood stove, mixed with the aroma of baked goods available for purchase. Also available on the store counter and shelves are premium handmade items that will add charm to your home or a unique gift for others.

A stop at the Scytheville House visitors will enjoy the sights and smells of home circa 1850 with the hearthside cooking, gingerbread cookies and simple decorations.

Visits include an opportunity for children to create a gift quality handmade craft while adults enjoy the buffet of hot and cold seasonal foods. Take a seat in the school house to enjoy the reading of children stories.

The Silent Auction is a must see for unique and distinctive gifts for those on their list.
This year there are over 60 items thanks to the generosity of local business and supporters. There are theatre tickets, dinning packages, cocktail cruise on Pleasant Lake, several beautiful handcrafted items from cloth and yarn, and distinctive signed art.

We are delighted to have the following local music groups with us during the day as well. Listen and enjoy the holiday sounds from Exit 13 Tuba Quartet, The Lowe Profiles, Kearsarge Regional Elementary School Tone Chime Choir, Kearsarge Regional High School Men’s and Women’s Select Choruses, Sunapee Singers and Nicole Densmore on Flute.

Attend this event and see where hustle and bustle was about visiting shops and friends in the village you called home. For further details visit our website: www.newlondonhistoricalsociety.com.

This annual event is a tradition for area residents and their families. Cost for attending this season $8.00 (members $6.00), children 12 and under FREE. The New London Historical Society historical village and museum is located on 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London, NH. Founded

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all from all of us at The Ice House.
11/26/2015

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all from all of us at The Ice House.

Happy Veterans Day to all that have served our country. We're forever grateful!
11/11/2015

Happy Veterans Day to all that have served our country. We're forever grateful!

The Ice House Museum's cover photo
11/08/2015

The Ice House Museum's cover photo

Here's an old invite to PAL's Frostbite Run which used to happen in New London right around this time.  Certainly don't ...
11/06/2015

Here's an old invite to PAL's Frostbite Run which used to happen in New London right around this time. Certainly don't have to worry about frostbite today!

Address

91 Pleasant St
New London, NH
03257

General information

Our hours are: Tuesday 9am-4pm Thursday 9am-4pm Saturday 9am-2pm We are open seasonally from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Admission is free and donations are appreciated!

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(603) 526-9394

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Looking for something to do tomorrow (thursday 9/10)?? Come let me give you a tour 9-11:30 or Barb Wiggin can do it in the afternoon. Lots of cool antique autos, gadgets, what's its.....
Billy Kidder aug 1963 in a 36 ford
Just a few of the cars at the ice house museum today.
Billy Kidder in a 1936 Ford pathon main street New London july 1963 by the Trampoline center now the farmstand