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Abbot-Downing
Historical Society

 Meeting Notice

The August Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, the 10th at 6:30 pm.

The location is Johnny Prescott Oil Co., 122 Airport Road in Concord.

Note the new later meeting time

Items to be discussed include The Hillsborough Living History Event and the Hopkinton Fair.  

We hope to see many of you at the meeting.

The Oldest
Remaining Coach?


This coach which is in the Yarmouth County Museum in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia is probably the oldest surviving Concord Coach built by the Abbot & Downing Companies. It has the only known example of a makers tag reading “Downing & Abbot” . Both jump seats are marked with the serial number “XXXI”, 31 in Roman numerals. The coach has been repaired in several areas where it suffered damage in the many years it was in use. It was used on a run from Yarmouth to Tusket, a distance of about a dozen miles. The first runs were in the 1860s and it remained in service until 1923, more that 60 years.


Concord Coach #XIV
Built by L. Downing & Sons in 1850 in Concord, NH. A nine passenger mail coach in beautiful restored condition.