Merrimack 275th Anniversary Planning Committee

On April 2, 1746, Governor Benning Wentworth signed a charter establishing that the land from Pennichuck Brook to the Souhegan River became the Town of Merrymac. At that time fewer than 50 families lived here. Pawtucket, Nashaway and Pennacook people camped along the banks of the Merrimack and Souhegan rivers. The Pennacooks were greatest in numbers, and their chief, Passaconaway, was the ruler of all the tribes in the Merrimack Valley.

On April 2, 2021, the Town of Merrimack will commemorate its 275th Anniversary. A committee has been formed to develop plans to celebrate this momentous occasion.

The committee currently consists of the following individuals:
Chip Pollard, Heritage Commission
Anita Creager, Heritage Commission
John Lastowka, Merrimack Historical Society
Bob L’Heureux, At Large Member
Charles Mower, At Large Member
Laurie Rothhaus, At Large Member
Barbara Healey, Town Council
Yvette Couser, Director - Merrimack Public Library
Paul Micali, Assistant Town Manager/Finance Director
Matt Casparius, Director of Parks & Recreation

For questions, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 603-882-1046 or email Parks & Recreation Director Matt Casparius.

Latest Update - 2/11/21

The Town of Merrimack has begun the search for the oldest resident to become the new Boston Post Cane holder. Our last Cane holder, Nellie Granger (age 97) passed away on December 17, 2018. The Boston Post Cane tradition started in 1909, when the Boston Post newspaper delivered the gold-headed ebony canes to 700 towns in New England and requested the canes be presented to the oldest citizen in town and passed on to the next oldest when he or she dies. This year is a momentous one because the Town is celebrating its 275th anniversary in April. The cane will be awarded in conjunction with this celebration. To qualify as the oldest resident, one must be a physical resident of Merrimack and have resided in Merrimack for at least 25 years. If you qualify or know someone who does, send a nomination form to: Town of Merrimack, ATTN: Boston Post Cane, 6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack, NH 03054. Nomination forms are available at or at Town Hall. Please contact the Town Manager’s office with questions at 603-424-2331 or The Town will be accepting nominations until Friday, March 12, 2021. Thank you for your help in locating our next holder of the Boston Post Cane.

The Committee is now currently working to create a recipe book featuring family recipes that have been handed down through the years.Want to get your family favorites included? Just complete the following information and send it to Feel free to also include a photo of the family member that gave you the recipe. The deadline for submitting your recipe is March 15, 2021. Your submission should include the following information:
From the Kitchen of:
Given to me by:
How many servings?