Sell’s restraunt  updates 

1st photo: Sell’s Restaurant being built at Sell’s Corner in 1946. The Restaurant was built by the 5 Sell boys. (Lester,Gordie, Henry, Forrest (Bob) & George). 

There were 2 apartment above the restaurant. Henry & Gordon lived there for a period of time throughout their lives with their families.

Henry A. Sell (father of the 5 boys) owned the land that was part of his 32 acre farm house, store & gas station (Sell’s Shell) from 1924 when Henry A. Sell moved his family from Manchester to Auburn. Henry A. Sell was a baker and owned his own shop in Manchester before moving into Auburn..

He sold the land to his son Lester in 1946.

Lester sold the land and restaurant to his brother George Sell in 8/26/1953. 

George sold the restaurant to his her Brother and Sister-In-Law, Henry & Doris aka Dotty. 11/2/1956 for $16,000.00, 

Henry sold the restaurant to Matthew Magdiasz 10/23/1961 for $30,000.00 

photo #2 The original Sell’s Restaurant as of November 2015

The restaurant has been called different things over the past 69 years: Alicia’s, Holiday’s, Good Times and now Auburn Tavern

This information the best of my knowledge



Sell’s Corner

Sell’s Restaurant & store located at Sell’s Corner at the intersection of Old Candia Road (the bumpy cement road) & Hooksett Road in the early 1960’s – Auburn Tavern as of today November 6, 2015 I know the photo is sideways, however it shows the gas pump that was once in the parking lot of Sell’s Store & Restaurant. This building was built by Lester Sell and his 4 brothers. The brothers took turns running the store& restaurant for decades. Lester’s brothers were, George, Henry, Forrest (Bob) & Gordon. Several of the Sell boys were bakers as their father Henry A. Sell was. All of the Sell boys lived near/at Sell’s Corner and raised their families there as well. This is what the inside of Sell’s Restaurant looked like in the early
This old farm house was once a part of Sell’s Corner. Where exit #2 for State Highway #101 is today.
This is the old Farm house that the Sell Family lived in while the 5 boys were young men. in the 1930 & 1940’s
Henry A & Maude (Kinney) Sell had a total of 8 boys.
Lester, Alfred, Walter, Henry, Forrest, Gordon, Russell & George
3 passed away before they reached 2 years and 2 months old. (measles – pneumonia) (Alfred, Walter & Russell)
This old farm house used to stand where the ON ramp to the 101 highway is today.
This farm house also had a store and a gas pump on the property. (SELL’S SHELL gas station) Yesterday and today… (Photo’s courtesy of the Sell Family)

A Visit With Abe

I would like to thank the 45 people who attended this event

Steve Wood has been portraying Abraham Lincoln in New Hampshire and Vermont for the past 20 years and on Thursday, October 22, 2015 in front of 45 people, he visited the town of Auburn, NH.

Wood was doing what he loves best, being Abraham Lincoln for an hour or so; telling funny stories and well as historical facts about his younger years and visits to New Hampshire.

The stories that Woods told of Abraham Lincoln mainly took place in the year 1860 and were directly related to Lincoln’s visits to The Granite State.

His son, Robert Y. Lincoln, went to Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter and traveling to NH was a way for him to visit his son and be on the campaign trail at the same time. Lincoln spoke at different locations throughout New Hampshire including in March 1860 at the town hall in Exeter, train station in Dover, Phoenix Hall on Main Street in Concord and Amoskeag Manufacturing Mills in Manchester.

His speeches, including the one at Phoenix Hall, mainly focused on how he wanted slavery to come to an end and how “all men should be free”.

In 1860, Lincoln secured the Republican Party presidential nomination and then, in 1863, became the 16th president of the United States at the age of 53. Slavery was tearing the country apart and Lincoln led through the Civil War—the country’s bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis.  Lincoln’s mission was to preserve the Union, strengthened the federal government, abolished slavery and modernized the economy.

Lincoln’s most famous address was only three minutes long and took place November 19, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania:
“Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war testing whether that nation of any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.  We are met on a great battlefield of war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.  But in the larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us. That for the honored dead we take increased devotion to the cause for which they gave last full measure of devotion: that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that this government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.” 
Some of the men from Auburn, NH that left their homes and their beloved families had fallen in battle and disease were:
NH 2nd Regiment & Company: John Chase, Felix Hackney, John Wood
NH 4th Regiment & Company:  Henry L. Griffin
NH 7th Regiment Y Company: Thornton Hazen
NH 9th Regiment & Company:  Thornton D. Miller, Moses Reed, Charles Shaw
NH 10th Regiment & Company:  Joseph L. Davis, Charles H. Grant, Henry C. Moore, Frank Shannon
NH 15th Regiment & Company:  Willis H. Brown, Frank Woods & Jesse Woods
NH 28th Regiment & Company:  Charles W. Pingree

I would like to thank the 45 people who attended this event

Explore Our New Exhibitions 

The New Hampshire Historical Society is opening to the public two new exhibitions on Friday, November 6, continuing a long tradition of sharing the state’s history through our rich and diverse museum and library collections. Assembled beginning in 1823, the objects, documents, and photographs that make up the collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society are the best available tools for revealing the changing history of a state and its people to contemporary Americans. 

What do objects that have been saved by people over 200 years tell us about a state and its changing values? We all shape meaning from the things around us, just as our ancestors did

Discovering New Hampshire investigates five prominent themes of the state’s history through iconic New Hampshire objects. The first of these themes explores New Hampshire’s identity and the symbols that are at the heart of that identity, from the Old Man of the Mountain to the U.S.S. New Hampshire. The second looks at the ties that bind our communities together, whether those are ties of family, church, civic group, factory, or town. Another theme examines the citizen soldiers, both men and women, who throughout New Hampshire’s history have answered the call to defend their country, a tradition dating back to the minutemen of the colonial era. The state’s political heritage shapes another theme, covering town meetings to presidential primaries. And finally, a fifth theme delves into our relationship with the New Hampshire landscape and how people have explored and enjoyed the state’s natural wonders over the years, whether on walking trails through the Flume or riding the Cog railway to the top of Mount Washington.


From an Abenaki dugout canoe to an early snowmobile, this exhibition shares the history of New Hampshire’s people, places, and events through images and artifacts you can’t see anywhere else.


The second new exhibition, Remembrance and Reality: Landscape Paintings of New Hampshire, explores the changing importance of the landscape in New Hampshire’s history and tells the story of how the state’s natural beauty has attracted and inspired artists, writers, tourists, and entrepreneurs.


New Hampshire’s mountains, seaside, and bucolic rural landscapes have had a profound impact on shaping our views of the state for people both living here and visiting New Hampshire. By carefully selecting what images to capture in their paintings, artists shared their ideas about what should be celebrated and commemorated. The paintings they created enriched people’s sensibilities and enhanced an appreciation of the landscape.


The paintings in this exhibition reveal stories and meanings of New Hampshire, of the 19th-century artists who depicted it, of changing aesthetic and cultural values, and of the consumers, who acquired, owned, and cherished this artwork. Through a selection of 17 diverse landscape paintings the exhibition explores America’s changing values and taste for art through the work of a diverse group of 19th-century painters who chose the scenery of New Hampshire as their subject.


Both exhibitions are open to the public beginning Friday, November 6, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. and during the Society’s regular hours thereafter, Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Admission is $7 per person with children under the age of 18 admitted for free. Members are admitted at no charge. For more about membership benefits and to become a member, visit

A Moment in History” from New Hampshire Historical Society.

The 1826 Willey Landslide in Crawford Notch

The tragic deaths of the Willey family, who perished in August 1826 while attempting to flee from a massive landslide in Crawford Notch, established their homestead as one of the earliest tourist attractions in the White Mountains.

In the fall of 1825, Samuel Willey Jr. of Bartlett moved his wife, five children, and two hired men into a small house just west of what at the time was called simply the notch, deep in the White Mountains. The notch, later known as Crawford’s Notch, was a narrow eight-mile-long pass through the mountains, frequented by travelers attempting to cross the rugged mountain range.

Willey was convinced to move to the area by Abel Crawford, who promoted the location as an ideal stopping place for travelers. As early innkeepers in the area, the Crawfords and Willeys were the first of many to make their livings by providing for travelers’ needs in the White Mountains, but it was a lonely existence for these settlers. The Willeys lived on the west side of Crawford Notch, six miles from their nearest neighbors and in the shadow of a ring of mountains that would later bear the names Crawford, Webster, Willard, and Willey.

Crawford Notch, oil on canvas, by Thomas Hill (1829-1908), c. 1870. Although painted long after the tragedy, this monumental painting represents the area as it probably looked before the landslide. It is currently on display at the Society, hanging in the grand stairway.

The dryness of the summer of 1826 left New Hampshire in a drought that loosened tree roots and weakened the holds of rocks on the mountain hillsides. Earlier that summer, after a heavy rain in June, the Willeys heard a noise and looked out to see a huge landslide beginning on a nearby mountain. Although the landslide did not pose any danger to them, they considered relocating all the same. Reassurances from Abel Crawford convinced them to stay, but they built a cave-like shelter above the house to offer protection from future slides.

On the night of August 28, a powerful thunderstorm caused numerous debris slides throughout the region. The Saco River, which had its origins in the Notch, rose 20 feet overnight, washing out 23 of the area’s 26 bridges. The flooding and landslides carried off livestock, set buildings afloat, and obliterated much of the road through the notch.

The rainstorm also set off a massive avalanche that flowed three miles down what is now called Mount Willey, with the Willey homestead directly in its path. The damage that the region sustained from the storm was so extensive that two days passed before anyone could reach the vicinity to check on the Willey family. Searchers found the house unharmed because of its location in front of a huge granite ledge that divided the slide, causing it to bypass the house. Inside, they found rumpled beds and the family Bible open on the table.

Only later did they discover the bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Willey, two children, and both hired men some distance from the house and crushed in the wreckage left behind by the mudslide. The shelter Willey had constructed to protect his family was completely destroyed. Rescuers surmised that the family evacuated their home to escape the landslide, although it is unclear whether or not any of them ever reached the shelter. Ironically, if they had remained in the house, they would have survived.

As news of the tragedy spread, the fact that the family perished while their house survived fascinated people nationwide. More and more visitors came to view the site, bringing about a rapid expansion of the tourist industry in the White Mountains. The undamaged house continued to attract tourists until it burned in 1899. Nathaniel Hawthorne immortalized the Willey family in literature in his story “The Ambitious Guest.” In art, the Willey legend created a new awareness of the raw majesty of untamed nature in the White Mountains.

Almost immediately after the disaster, the Willeys’s sad tale became embellished with mysterious and supernatural overtones. Among the most popular stories to emerge from the tragedy was an account by Samuel Willey’s brother claiming that Samuel returned to him in a dream to detail the family’s demise. A great deal of speculation also arose over the fate of the three missing children and whether or not they actually perished in the slide, since their bodies were never found. One local legend suggested that the children survived the mudslide, but, traumatized by the death of their family, they fled into the mountains where they became as wild as animals. The story of how the family was destroyed despite attempting to escape the landslide is enough to give anyone the willies, and there is some speculation, at least locally, that the phrase “to have the willies,” comes from this disaster, although the source of this expression has never been documented.

Although the Willey House no longer exists, its site is today part of Crawford Notch State Park, and evidence of the landslide remains on the forested mountainside above. Scientists describe it as the first New England debris flow reported in geological literature.

To learn more about the Willey family, check out Eric Purchase’s Out of Nowhere: Disaster and Tourism in the White Mountains (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999) and Collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society, volume 3 (1832), which has two articles about this event, J. B. Moore’s “Account of the Storm and Avalanches at the White Mountains in 1826” and Thomas C. Upham’s “Reflections on the Destruction of the Willey Family, in the Notch of the White Mountains.”

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October Event

A Visit with Abraham Lincoln  –  Oct. 22, 2015    7:00 pm

Auburn Safety Complex – 55 Eaton Hill Road


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<span “font-size:=”” 14.0pt;font-family:”helvetica”,”sans-serif””=””>A Visit with Abraham Lincoln with Stephen Woods of Claremont, NH
Our program will be an <span “font-size:=”” 14.0pt;font-family:”helvetica”,”sans-serif””=””>In-character presentation as Abraham Lincoln(approx. 30 min.) followed by an out-of-character question-and-answer session.

Matching Lincoln’s height and beard, Steve Wood bears enough of a resemblance to our 16th president to make heads turn even when not wearing black trousers, vest, frock coat, and stovepipe hat. His first-person historical interpretation, “A Visit with Abraham Lincoln,” includes anecdotes from Lincoln’s visit to NH, stories of his early life, campaign debates with Stephen Douglas, and the Civil War that followed his election to the Presidency.

Steve has been featured in New Hampshire Magazine, on WMUR (NH) Chronicle, WCVB (Boston) Chronicle and New Hampshire Public Radio’s Front Porch and The Exchange. His presentation was broadcast over the Granite State Distance Learning Network in February of 2007. He was named as the Editor’s Pick for “Best Lincoln Look-Alike” in New Hampshire Magazine’s “Best of NH” issue in July 2002.