One new attraction that visitors will want to take in is the American Police Motorcycle Museum located on Rte. 3 in Meredith, where Doug Frederick has assembled a large collection of police motorcycles which date back as far as 1917.
The museum, located at the former Burlwood Antique Center, has among its displays a 1948 Indian Police motorcycle outfitted for the Laconia Police Department and a 1940 Chevrolet police sedan outfitted for the Meredith Police Department.
In all 35 motorcycles, many on loan from police departments throughout the Northeast, are on display at the museum, whose mission according to Frederick is to “protect, preserve, and share the history of the early motorcycle policemen and to bring greater understanding of the policeman’s role to the people they serve.”
Frederick says that the museum features an authentic police motorcycle from every decade, a written history as well as a pictorial display showcasing police motorcycles through time. There is also a World War II Jeep and a 1941 Indian motorcycle specifically designed for military use during World War II.
There are also early police motorcycle training films, footage of police motorcycles as early as 1918, and many rare clips from newsreels and early movies. In addition to the movies, hundreds of early still photographs are featured in a slide show for all to enjoy.
Among the items on display is a photograph of Larry Carpenter Sr., the first New Hampshire state trooper to ride a motorcycle on patrol. He lived in Plymouth and owned a summer home on Weirs Boulevard near the Christmas Island Steakhouse.