Welcome to the Francis Parnell Murphy Museum and Historical Archive

We’re in the process of building out a consolidated historical digital archive that shares the story, history, contributions and legacy of one of New Hampshire most fascinating self-made men. From a poor, barefoot upbringing in Winchester, New Hampshire…to shoe magnate, multi-millionaire and philanthropist…you’ll discover his road to the state house and lasting legacy.


From Barefoot Boy to Self Made Visionary

This museum and historical archive is dedicated to telling the story of 2 term New Hampshire Governor Francis P. Murphy, founder of WMUR-TV, and co-founder of the McElwain shoe empire and Thom McAn shoes.

Follow us as we approach the launch of our website and more exciting developments!

Get in touch

+1 603.309.3107
25 Spring Street, Newport, NH 03773
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