FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2018
New NH Historical Highway Marker: Webster Stagecoach Stop and Store, Danville
The N.H. Division of Historical Resources is pleased to announce that a New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker has been installed in Danville to highlight the history of the Webster Stagecoach Stop and Store.
The marker reads:
“This small building, built ca. 1820, served as a stopover for a stagecoach route that passed through Danville. Passengers could buy refreshments while the horses rested and carriages were repaired. Early customer accounts remain intact, written on interior walls. Nathaniel Webster, third cousin to Daniel Webster and the town’s first U.S. postmaster, ran the post office from this building. The stagecoach stop’s history illustrates the importance of 19th century stagecoach culture, not only for travel but also for commerce and mail delivery.”
The building was originally located on the other side of what is now Route 111A. It was moved and rehabilitated with the help of grants from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and from the N.H. Division of Historical Resources’ Moose Plate grant program.
The marker was proposed by the Danville Heritage Commissioner and was unveiled at the town’s recent Old Home Days celebration.
Any municipality, agency, organization or individual wishing to propose a historical highway marker to commemorate significant New Hampshire places, persons or events must submit a petition of support signed by at least 20 New Hampshire residents. They must also draft the text of the marker and provide footnotes and copies of supporting documentation, as well as a suggested location for marker placement.
New Hampshire’s historical highway markers illustrate the depth and complexity of our history and the people who made it, from the last Revolutionary War soldier to contemporary sports figures to poets and painters who used New Hampshire for inspiration; from 18th-century meeting houses to stone arch bridges to long-lost villages; from factories and cemeteries to sites where international history was made.
An interactive map of all of the state’s historical highway markers is available at the N.H. Division of Historical Resources’ website, nh.gov/nhdhr.
The New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker program is jointly managed by the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and N.H. Department of Transportation.