Weare, New Hampshire is a rural community at the western edge of New Hampshire's Merrimack Valley. Residents of Weare have long made an effort to preserve their illustrious history. Josiah G. Dearborn and Abner P. Collins each began collecting historical facts and family records about 1850, but a town history was not yet written. After years of waiting, a meeting was held at the town-house, March 1, 1882, to take measures to prepare and publish one.
Weare's early settlers, as has been told, resided in log cabins. They procured their food by tilling the land, hunting and fishing. They were crude farmers. At first they could not plow their fields, by reason of the stumps and logs. They dug the soil and hoed in their seed with a clumsy hoe, made by the common blacksmith. But often farm products were scarce. Game from the woods and fish from the ponds, streams and Amoskeag falls were then a great help. In time, Weare developed a more sophisticated agriculture-based economy, though today the community is primarily residential in nature.
Weare is home to Clinton Grove Academy, the first Quaker seminary in New Hampshire. Moses Cartland, who was headmaster for fourteen years, founded the school in 1834. Cartland named the village in which the Academy stands "Clinton Grove" in honor of DeWitt Clinton, chief sponsor of the Erie Canal. The original Academy served as a private high school. Students came from as far away as Ontario, Nova Scotia, Minnesota and Texas.
In 1872, the Academy complex burned and classes were continued in the Quaker meetinghouse across the common until 1874, when the current building was completed. From 1877 to 1938, the Academy building served as a Weare district school. The building was also used as a meeting place for Girl Scouts and a women's organization. In 1934, during the occasion of the one-hundredth anniversary celebration of the Academy's founding, a bronze plaque was set in the boulder in the schoolyard with an inscription written by John Greenleaf Whittier about his cousin, Moses Cartland.
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