We are fortunate to have in our collection many artifacts passed along by Candia residents of the 19th through the 21st centries; furniture, glass and china, musical instruments, paintings, books and documents, tools and items of everyday life through the generations.
One of the oldest pieces of furniture is an 18th century chest of drawers brought here by Mehitable Jewett Hill when she came to Candia with her husband Jethro, from Stratham in 1765. Also remarkable are extensive colections of 19th century cobbler's and cooper's tools. The diary of Deacon John Fitts depicts everyday life in rural Candia from 1832 to 1868. Recently uncovered is a chilling letter by Candia's native son, New Hampshire Governer Frederick Smyth, penciled in 1863 on the battleground of Gettysburg, where he had traveled to aid the wounded.
Many fine examples of art and handiwork can be found, including several portraits by J. Bailey Moore. The horns and drums of the Candia Cornet Band are reminders of both solemn moments and joyous celebrations. Maps, newspapers and photographs help document the history of Candia. Table linens, bedding, clothing and accessories help us envision a part of their everyday life. Spinning wheels, kitchen utensils, hand forged tools, coopers and cobblers equipment all tell us a story of how the early townspeople of Candia lived day by day. The town’s original telephone switchboard helps bring us into this century.