Historical Documents & Books

  • History of the town of Mason, N. H. from the first grant in 1749, to the year 1858. By John B. Hill. Published 1858. This book is available on-line from Open Library both as a PDF scan (26 MB) of the original and in much more compact (1 MB) text and ebook formats created by automated character recognition software. The latter contains a number of typographical errors.
  • Memoir of the Rev. Ebenezer Hill, pastor of the Congregational church, in Mason, N.H., from November, 1790, to May, 1854. Published 1858. This book is also available on-line from Open Library, but is also included in J.B. Hill’s History listed above.
  • Proceedings of the centennial celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Mason, N.H., August 26, 1868. Prepared for publication under the direction of the Committee of Arrangements by J.B. Hill. Published 1870. You can download a copy in a variety of formats, including PDF, from Internet Archive (http://archive.org/details/proceedingsofcen00hill), or borrow it from the Mason Public Library.
  • In commemoration of the two hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Mason, N.H., 1768-1968. By Mason Bicentennial Book Committee. Published 1968. This book is at the Mason Public Library. Also, you can purchase copies from the Mason Historical Society.
  • The history of Bode and his statue. In 2008 on the Mason town green, the statue of Bode was dedicated to Elizabeth Orton “Twig” Jones (1910-2005), a renowned illustrator and author of children’s books and former Mason resident. Crafted by Mason resident Liz Fletcher, the statue depicts Bode, the first recorded colonial inhabitant of the land that is now recognized as the town of Mason. The document recounts the 2008 statue dedication ceremony with remarks from Mason resident Charles Moser, pictures of the dedication speakers, a chronology by Liz Fletcher of the making of the statue, historical details on Bode, and a list of contributors to the project. Contributors to the document include Charles Moser, Liz Fletcher, members of the Mason Historical Society, Garth Fletcher, and others as noted.