”TOYMAKER-COLLECTOR-NATURALIST” Henry Clinton Fall (1862-1939).
As a young school boy attending Belknap Grammar School Henry was a collector and builder of model boats and trains, a collector of stamps/postmarks, and a fascination with butterflies and beetles. He would graduate with the Dover High School class of 1880 and become one of America’s foremost naturalists.
On display in the Hale House, are some of the original model boats and several steam engine trains that have survived all these years and donated to the Woodman for young and old to enjoy. The exhibit features an original Belknap Grammar School spelling exam from 1876, an original hand bell and photos of the school located on the corner of Belknap and Silver Streets, Henry’s restored and framed original DHS 1880 diploma, the original High School hand school bell, front door key, and 1880 graduation program.