skip to main navigation
skip to main content

Dover Library Home

Dover Public Library Logo


Gage Dow House

Dr Dow house.jpg

30 Silver Street

This house was built circa 1723 and was the residence of Captain John Gage during the American Revolution. Gage's wife, Judith, had a sister Rebecca who kept a school here for a good many years. She was known as "Marm Becky." After Captain Gage, Thomas Footman who had previously been the town janitor acquired the house and operated it as a tavern. In 1802, Dr. Jabez Dow returned to Dover to practice medicine: he had studied here earlier under Dr. Jacob Kittredge. Dow acquired the house and practiced here until his death in 1839. He was one of the founders, in 1808, of the Strafford Medical Society, and in 1818 was elected a Fellow of the N.H. Medical Society. He was the best-known surgeon in Dover and the surrounding towns for 30 years.
    From the 1987 Heritage Walk Tour Booklet.


This historical essay is provided free to all readers as an educational service. It may not be reproduced on any website, list, bulletin board, or in print without the permission of the Dover Public Library. Links to the Dover Public Library homepage or a specific article's URL are permissible.