Welcome Rye Community!

Welcome to Rye Historical Society’s newest addition– our online image catalog!  Because of a generous donation from one of our longtime, loyal members, we are beginning a large photo archival project.  The project includes the organizing and digitizing of a large collection of photographs taken by turn-of-the-twentieth century Rye photographers A.R.H. Foss and Clarence Trefrey.  The online catalog will be searchable and photographs available for re-printing. 

Check back often to learn more about our exciting endeavor!

Also, check out our website www.ryenhhistoricalsociety.org

Published on November 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. As you can probably tell by my name, I’m interested in a little more history of the Sandy Foss Beach that I have seen mentioned. Can you direct me to where I can learn more about where it is and it’s history? I think I might just have to plan a trip there someday just to step foot on it!

  2. Hello Sandy!

    First of all, thank you for your comment! As for your inquiry, here is what our director, Alex Herlihy, had to in response:

    Sandy Beach was the original name of Rye and it was centered on the “middle crescent beach” of what is now the town we know as Rye, NH.

    In the later 1600s, as the people moved inland, the town of Rye grew, but Sandy Beach Road still ran from the center to that original beach.

    The Foss family lived on or near Sandy Beach, and so the name of the beach slowly came to be called Foss Beach, the name we refer to it by today.

    It is the beach located just north of Rye harbor and is the last to fill up in the summer and the most wild and lovely for not being able to see any cars or houses from the beach because of the sea wall.

    Please check back regularly as we add new photos every week!

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