Too Rural For Guns? Firearms Not Widespread In 18th Century New Hampshire

Feb 13, 2013

As we heard earlier in this series, many rural residents of New Hampshire have a strong connection to guns. But that wasn’t always the case.

Historical photo of Flanders farm in Landaff, New Hampshire.
Credit Department of Agriculture photo, via Wikicommons

Russell Bastedo served as New Hampshire state curator from 1997 to 2009. He recently wrote about the history of firearms in early New Hampshire history in the Peterborough Ledger-Transcript. He tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the role of guns in New Hampshire in the years shortly after American independence.