DescriptionWater power from nearby Beaver Brook and linen-making skills brought by 18th-century Scot-Irish immigrants combined to make Derry a prosperous linen manufacturing center. Its quality cloth was widely imitated.
The art of weaving sustained Derry well into the 20th century. When the textile industry moved to the Southern states, manufacturing shifted to shoes and palm leaf hats. The city's present economy is based mainly on services and such manufactured products as printed circuit boards and giftware. Derry was the boyhood home of Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard Jr., the first American in space.
Four miles east on Island Pond Road from the junction of SR 28 and the SR 28 bypass in Ballard State Forest is the Taylor Up-and-Down Sawmill, a mechanized version of the old two-man vertical pit saw. Last operated in 1865, the water-powered mill is demonstrated periodically during the summer; it can be viewed from the outside at other times. Contact the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Rd. in Portsmouth, for the demonstration schedule; phone (603) 431-6774.
Visitor InfoGreater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce 29 W. Broadway DERRY, NH 03038. Phone:(603)432-8205
Things to SeeRobert Frost Farm