2017 Freedom Tiles (under construction)


tile backsplashThe first Freedom tile was produced by the Freedom Club of New Hampshire in 1955.  It featured an illustration by John Holmgren, nationally known illustrator, whose summer home was in Freedom for nearly sixty years.  In 1970 a second tile came out with another Holmgren drawing, and the tradition of an annual tile took hold.  Thirty-five more have been created from drawings by many local artists, chosen by competition each year.  Only a few residents have a complete collection, however.  These souvenirs have been cemented into fireplace fronts, kitchen back splashes and bathroom walls; others have been framed and hung.  They have been given as gifts, stored in original boxes, lost, found in antique shops and flea markets as far away as Florida.  [Excerpted from “Sketches of Freedom 1970-2000: A collection of the annual Freedom Club of New Hampshire tiles with historical notes” by Carol Foord, (c) Freedom Historical Society, 2000.]

In 2016 the Freedom Old Home Week committee took over production of tiles, and proceeds from tile sales go towards the running of various family-oriented Freedom Old Home Week events.

Nancy Essex tile artistNancy Essex, Artist for Our 2016 Tile

The 2016 collectible tile was revealed on Ducky Day. The artist for this design is Freedom’s professional artist Nancy Essex. Nancy splits her time in Freedom with time also spent in Tyler, TX but clearly Freedom is the place where she is inspired to paint. She is a water colorist specializing in landscapes, florals and still lifes. She is a juried artist and member of the Mount Washington Valley Art Association. Nancy’s watercolors were featured at an Artisan’s night at the Freedom Village Store last fall. Her tile is a wonderful drawing of one of Freedom’s Register of Historic Places, sketched specifically to be a tile. Nancy started her love of art very young in life sketching in pencil and then progressing to pen and ink drawings. The tile design, done in black and white, draws on her skills from her early days as an artist. Many residents have collected these tiles for years. Please check out the Sketches of Freedom Facebook page to see examples of several residents’ tile displays. If you are a collector, please consider submitting a picture of how you display your collection.

List of Tile Designs and Artists

  • 1970  Freedom Crossroads, by John Holmgren (1961)
  • 1971  Freedom Post Office, by Elizabeth Acton
  • 1972  Store and Post Office, by John Holmgren (c. 1940)
  • 1973  Freedom Public Library, by Barbara Dutton
  • 1974  Church, Village School and Bandstand, by Peg Scully
  • 1975  Freedom Village Store, by Edward S. Leonard
  • 1976  Freedom Town Seal, by A. Elizabeth Priebe
  • 1976  Ball Field, by John Holmgren (c. 1940)
  • 1976  Old Grist Mill, by Elizabeth Acton
  • 1976  Bicentennial Celebration, drawing from photograph by Bruce Bedford
  • 1977  Beach Pavilion, by Peg Scully
  • 1978  Elm Tree Inn, by Ed Leonard
  • 1979  Village Square, by Elizabeth Acton (1974)
  • 1980  E. I. Towle Store, by Elizabeth Acton
  • 1981  Merrow-Milliken House, by John Holmgren (c. 1945)
  • 1982  Harmony Tea Shop, by Elizabeth Acton
  • 1983  First Christian Church, by Elizabeth Acton
  • 1984  Towledge, by Elizabeth Acton
  • 1985  Freedom Village Store, by Peg Scully
  • 1986  Freedom Historical Society, by Alice Macy Miller
  • 1987  Loon Lake, by Alice Macy Miller
  • 1988  Picket Fence Painting, by Peg Scully
  • 1989  Village Panorama, by Peg Scully
  • 1990  Nason’s Store, by Fred Kimball
  • 1991  Village Square, by Dawn Marion
  • 1992  Eldridge House, by Peg Scully
  • 1993  Freedom Tanning Company, by Peg Scully
  • 1994  Old Mill, 1930, by Peg Scully
  • 1995  Elm Street, by Don Bossi
  • 1996  Freedom Village School, by Peg Scully
  • 1997  Fowler House, c. 1890, by Don Bossi
  • 1998  Old Home Week, 100 Years, by Peg Scully
  • 1999  The Drake House, c. 1890, by Don Bossi
  • 2000  The Thomas Andrews House, by Don Bossi
  • 2000  Freedom Cornet Band, by Donn DeVita (1975)
  • 2001  Drake House, Town Hall, First Christian Church, Federal House, by Peg Scully
  • 2002  Dr. A. O. Morrow House “Elmhurst” by Alice Macy Muller
  • 2003  Leroy Goss Home (a Sears Roebuck mail order house circa 1900), by Don Bossi
  • 2004  First Christian Church, by Ed Boyer
  • 2005  Freedom Public Library
  • 2006  Christian Church & School House, by Don Bossi
  • 2007  Scarboro Road, by  Peg Scully
  • 2008  Loon Lake, by Michele Keenan
  • 2009  Sugar Shack (Mayhew), by Hillary Johnson
  • 2010  Freedom Farm Stand, by Michele Keenan
  • 2011  Shawtown School District #8 (1832-1882), A Tribute to its Civil War Soldiers and Their Wives
  • 2012  Village Bandstand, by Peg Scully
  • 2013  Ossipee Lake, by Nancy McClare
  • 2014  Freedom Town Hall, 1889, 125 years
  • 2015  Freedom Town Forest, Celebrating 10 Years, by Peg Scully
  • 2016  Freedom NH Roller Shed, by Nancy Essex


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2017 Dates to Remember

Ducky Day: June 24
Old Home Week: July 28 to Aug 6
Parade: July 29

Future Old Home Week Dates

Ducky Day: June 30
Old Home Week: Aug 3 to Aug 12

Ducky Day: June 29
Old Home Week: Aug 2 to Aug 11

Ducky Day: June 27
Old Home Week: Jul 31 to Aug 9

Ducky Day: June 26
Old Home Week: Jul 30 to Aug 8

Ducky Day: June 25
Old Home Week: Jul 29 to Aug 7

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