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Plainfield, New Hampshire

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The Town of Plainfield is the northernmost town in Sullivan County in the State of New Hampshire. Plainfield is bordered on the north by the Grafton county towns of Lebanon and Enfield, on the east by the Sullivan County town of Grantham, on the south by the Sullivan County towns of Croydon and and Cornish and on the west by the Connecticut River and the state of Vermont.

The town of Plainfield has two major population centers -- Plainfield Village on the west and Meriden Village on the east. The location of Plainfield Village was dictated by ample flat land. Meriden's location was decided by Benjamin Kimball's will and the legacy of his son, Daniel, to establish an academy (now Kimball Union Academy).

Cornerstones

Below is a list of Community Cornerstones identified by Plainfield town residents in responses on the recent Plainfield Master Plan Survey.
  • Blow-Me-Down Grange
  • Cemeteries
  • Churches
  • Community Members and Community Participation
  • Connecticut River & Sumner's Falls
  • Conservation Lands
  • Corey Taber Field
  • Corn Roast, Meriden
  • Covered Bridges
  • Cultural Sites
  • Farms, agriculture
  • French's Ledges
  • Historic houses and town buildings
  • Historical Society Building
  • July 4 Parade
  • Kimball Union Academy
  • Library, Meriden
  • Library, Plainfield
  • Local family businesses
  • Maxfield Parrish Stage Set
  • Meriden Bird Sanctuary
  • Meriden Grange
  • Meriden Village
  • Open spaces, nature, natural beauty
  • Outdoor activities, general
  • Plainfield Elementary School
  • Plainfield recreation programs
  • Plainfield Village
  • River Road
  • Roads (rural, scenic
  • Rural Character and environment
  • Swimming holes
  • Town Hall, Meriden
  • Town Hall, Plainfield
  • Town Meeting
  • Trails
  • View of Mt. Ascutney from 12A
  • Views, general scenic
  • Water Sources (wetlands, brooks, aquifers)
  • Wildlife
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Clubs and Organizations

The Plainfield Historical Society
The Plainfield Historical Society was organized in 1978 for the purpose of promoting interest in the history of the Town of Plainfield. To that end the Society strives to collect, acquire, and preserve artifacts relating to the Town, encourages the preservation of historic structures, and disseminates information relating directly or indirectly to the history of the Town.

The Plainfield Chimers
The Plainfield Chimers are a group of dedicated people who have been playing Hand Bells for at least 12 years. They are affiliated with the Plainfield Community Baptist Church. Playing in Church and for other organizations is what they enjoy doing.

The Plainfield Yankee Doodlers
Early in 1982, a group of local residents organized a marching band for the annual Fourth of July parade -- it has evolved into a pennywhistle band. The Plainfield Yankee Doodlers marched in the town's Fourth of July parade -- the aggregation is likely to include a baby or two and an assortment of youngsters with small drums, tambourines, or flags. Informality, family participation, and a sense of good humor are important elements to the music.

The Plainfield Service Memorial Committee
Thank you for supporting The Plainfield Service Memorial to honor those who have given service to our country! The Service Memorial Dedication took place July 4th 2008

The Plainfield Trail Blazers
A volunteer-based trail group prividing recreational, educational, health fitness, social and alternative transportation opportunities to Plainfield's residents on an organized trail system, which encompasses the diversity of landscape and land use in this rural community. Trail maps are available at the libraries and the town office.

Meriden Bird Club
In 1919 the Meriden Bird Club was organized. Its objectives were: "The increase and protection of our local wild birds, the stimulation of interest in bird life, and the gradual establishment of a model bird sanctuary." The club was the first of its kind in America.

Meriden Grange
Meriden Grange is a community service oriented, family fraternal organization and has served the Meriden community for over a century. Meriden Grange No. 151 is located at 18 Bean Rd. (next to Meriden Library) not far from Rt. 120. Our meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm. Meriden Grange was founded in 1890, the current hall was built in 1910 by local townspeople. We are in the process of being listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The hall has a tin ceiling, and advertising backdrop. The Grange is a family organization, open to men and women over 13 years of age and children under 13 are welcome to come to our meetings. The Grange is a fraternal organization like the Elks, Lions and Masons. Meriden Grange is an active and vibrant organization within the Plainfield/Meriden community. Our organization has served the community by giving dictionaries to the town's 3rd grade classes, knitting hats and mittens for school children, donating lap robes for nursing homes, hosting senior lunches and helping other organizations in Plainfield and the Upper Valley. The hall is available for use by groups or individuals on a monetary donation basis. We always welcome new members and encourage you to contact Pam Kimball, President at (603) 298-8805 or Laura Ward, Secretary (603) 675-5506.

The Grafton County Fish & Game Association
The Grafton County Fish and Game Association, a non-profit, membership organization, has served the local community as a venue for the shooting sports since 1920. Their facilities include a clubhouse, a 50' indoor smallbore range, a 50 yard pistol range, a 100 yard rifle range, archery range, skeet field, 2 trap fields and a 5-stand course. In addition to providing a safe, convenient location for members to shoot, they also host a variety of events that are open to the general public.

Blow-Me-Down Snowriders of Plainfield and Cornish
Our club is the Blow-Me- Down Snowriders of Plainfield and Cornish. We at present have one hundred plus members that are members of Plainfield/ Cornish. Our trail systems run through out both towns and connecting to the surrounding Towns. We have over fifty miles of trail systems in the area. Our mission is to keep the sport of snowmobiling alive and in doing this to work as close as we can with all our landowners and within our town Government. We promote safety on the trails and become involved in teaching snowmobile safety to all we can. We strongly feel that working closely with not only our landowners however with all forms of our town government that we can keep this growing sport alive and safe and at the same time to educate all on the sport. We are doing trail work, building bridges and policing our trail systems and protecting the landowners rights as much as we can and doing all of this in a full time commitment to ensure that our trail systems are not only safe, but respected by all users, either on horse, bike or foot. We want to ensure that those that follow us in later years will be able to enjoy and respect what has been granted to us to pass upon and to enjoy.

Blow-Me-Down Grange
photo of the grange Blow-Me-Down Grange No. 234, located in Plainfield Village, meets monthly under the leadership of Merylene Simonds, Master. The Grange used to be just for folks related to agriculture, but, like everything else, it is more diversified now and anyone can join. The historic, brick, 1839 building was restored in 2001 and is available to use for weddings, meetings and parties. For information about hall usage and policies as well as making reservations, please contact Mildred Ingham at (603)709-7049. In 1839, the Union Congregational Church Society bought a half acre of land from Jeremiah Dow on the east side of the main street in Plainfield Village. Colonel Charles Eggleston, a local resident famous for the building of brick structures, built their meeting house. This fifty-foot by forty-foot structure was also known as Old South Church, but is now best known as the Blow-Me-Down Grange. The 1839 building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Meriden Art Association
The Meriden Art Association, an informal group of local artists, is welcoming new members. For information, call 469-3492.

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Farms and Businesses

BUSINESSES IN AND AROUND THE TOWN OF PLAINFIELD, NH
If you have a business located in the Town of Plainfield and would like to have your business listed in this online directory, please e-mail the information to the webmaster at webmaster@plainfieldnh.org and copy the town administrator, Steve Halleran, at plainfield.ta@plainfieldnh.org, or, bring copy of the business information to the town office. If your business has a web page that you would like us to list in the directory, or other information that needs updating, please let us know.
The list is alphabetized by business category. Each category has a menu bar across the top. You may jump to different sections of the page by clicking on a letter pair.
  • A to B Accounting, Appraisers, Auctioneer, Automobile Repair . . .
  • C to E Camp, Carpentry, Catering, Child Care, Computer, Construction . . .
  • F to G Farms, Fine Art, General Stores, Graphic Design. . .
  • H to M Landscaping, Logging . . .
  • N to S Painting, Real Estate, Restaurant, Sales, Surveying . . .
  • T to Z Tax Preparation, Welding . . .

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Area Churches

PLAINFIELD

Plainfield Community Baptist Church
Rt. 12A in Plainfield Village
Sunday School 10:00 A.M.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. morning worship
Suellen Leugers, pastor, 675-6510

Christ Community Church
Rt. 12A (across from the Plainfield Fire Department)
Bible Fellowship & Sunday School 9:00 a.m.
Sunday morning worship 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Fireside Fellowship 6:00 p.m.
Friday Aliens Youth Night (Teens) 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Brian Sayers, pastor/teacher, 675-5673

Plainfield Seventh-day Adventist Church
1050 Route 12A in Plainfield Village
Saturday: Sabbath School -- 9:45 a.m.
Saturday: Worship Service -- 11:15 a.m.
Wednesday: Prayer Meeting 7:00 p.m.

MERIDEN

Meriden Congregational Church
An Open and Affirming Congregation of the
United Church of Christ
Main Street, Meriden
Sunday 10:00 a.m. morning worship
Nursery & Church school provided
Revs. John & Susan Gregory Davis, co-pastors, 469-3235

First Baptist Church of Meriden
Main Street, Meriden
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m. morning worship, nursery available
Bible study and prayer meeting Wednesday evenings 7:00 p.m.
Dewey Jones, pastor 469-3376

Singing Hills
Located on Stage Rd, across from the Town Highway Garage, Singing Hills Christian Fellowship serves the New England area as a center for Christian conferences, retreats and camps

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