Handle Company View

Downtown Henniker - The 1936 Flood and Aftermath

Handle Company View

Henniker, New Hampshire 03242, United States

Created By: Henniker Historical Society


Location 2 is directly across the river on the inside of the sharp bend in the Contoocook River. The rambling set of buildings in the photo were collectively known, in the 1930s, as the Henniker Handle Company. The Handle Company made turned wood handles for utilitarian products like shaving brushes, knives, tools, and stocking darners.

In March 1936, the raging flood waters inundated the Handle Company property seen on the right in the during photo. The engine room was completely flooded. In the background you can see the yards of the homes downstream at the top of Ramsdell Road.

Today the location is a parking lot for New England College. All that remains of the old buildings is a portion of a concrete foundation.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Downtown Henniker - The 1936 Flood and Aftermath


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