Welcome to the Sunapee Historical Society!  The museum (in Sunapee Harbor) is closed for the 2015 summer season.  We'll reopen on Memorial Day weekend.  Please see our "Upcoming Events" page for information on our fall program and feel free to contact us at sunapeehistory@gmail.com with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you!


The Sunapee Historical Society would like to create a historical library in the original Abbott Library building when the lovely new library is completed later this year.  Consider this and please let us know if you support the idea:

The Old Abbott Library

as Sunapee’s Historical Library and Archive



·        Preservation of historic town photos, documents, records.

·        Collaboration among schools, library, and Sunapee Historical Society.

·        Comfortable space for genealogical and historical research, accessible year-round.

Why there?

·        Is nearly climate-controlled.

·        Would remain a library as stipulated in the original gift.

·        Would preserve a historic building.

·        Would not require additional parking.

Questions?   Please contact:

      Becky Rylander, President, Sunapee Historical Society


Special Link:  Click here for video of a NH Chronicles program that featured the steamboats of Lake Sunapee:

Hint:  Be patient--it may take a few minutes to load


The Sunapee Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the town of Sunapee, New Hampshire, located on the shores of beautiful Lake Sunapee.  From colonial farm community to glorious summer resort mecca in the heyday of the grand hotels with their steamboat service to industrial powerhouse, our town has a rich history that we are proud to present to the public at our museum.

The Sunapee Historical Society Museum is located in the old Flanders-Osborne stable at 74 Main Street in the heart of Sunapee Harbor.  It houses rotating exhibits of items from Sunapee's past:  the grand hotels, the steamboats, industrial and agricultural equipment, and much more. 


At 7pm on every other Thursday evening in the summer, we offer a "cracker barrel' talk--a discussion of some aspect of Sunapee history.  Check the Upcoming Events page for dates and topics.

We also hold quarterly meetings year round that include programs related to Sunapee history.

Admission is free; donations are welcomed and appreciated!

And we're glad to welcome new members.  A membership form is attached below under "Membership."


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