Stories from the History of
Derry, Londonderry, & Windham,
by Richard Holmes
Nutfield Rambles is an exciting, easy-to-read celebration of the history of the Nutfield towns of Derry, Londonderry and Windham, New Hampshire. Rick Holmes has long been considered the area’s master-storyteller and here are some of his best, most interesting tales.
"If you have a question about Derry history, historian Richard Holmes is the man to ask. For years Richard has regaled our readers with fascinating tales of Derry's past, from the story of Robert Frost at Pinkerton Academy to the history of the H.P. Hood farm. If there's an interesting story out there, chances are Rick has it." -- Marc Fortier, Editor, Derry News
"Derry town historian Richard Holmes is a wealth of information on all things Derry; whether it's the planting of the first potato in America or the rancor and deceit that led up to Derry's secession from Londonderry, he's the man to turn to for an engaging conversation about times past." -- Leslie O’Donnell, Editor, Nutfield Publishing
About the Author
Richard Holmes was born on September 6, 1945, in Derry, New Hampshire. He is the son of the late John B. and Marjorie Andrews Holmes. He attended the local schools in Sandown, New Hampshire and graduated from Sanborn Seminary (1963). He received a bachelor’s degree in Education from Keene State College in 1963 and his master’s degree in history from Rivier College in 1980. He served with the U.S. Army in Viet Nam (1969–1970) as a medic with a combat battalion.
In 1970 he married Carol Martineau and the couple moved to Derry. They are proud to be the parents of John B. Holmes III and Leah K. Gonzalez, and grandparents to Jacob Holmes and Christopher Gonzalez.
Since 1985 Richard has been a member of the Derry Heritage Commission and its chairman since 1995. In 2003 he founded the Derry Museum of History. Since 2004 he has been a regular columnist for the Derry News and a frequent contributor to the Nutfield News, the Lawrence Eagle Tribune and the Manchester Union Leader.
In 2007, Richard Holmes received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.
Nutfield Rambles is his fifth published volume on local history. He is a trustee of the Frost Farm state historical site in Derry.
ISBN 978-1-931807-64-7, $22.00 History, 382 pages, illustrations, index, 6x9 tradepaper.
To order, send check for $25 ($22 + $3 s&h) to:
Richard Holmes, 33 Hillside Ave., Derry, NH 03038