It's always interesting to see pictures from the past that show some of the many landmarks and businesses that once called our communities home. Given the fact that we live in such a historic part of the country, some of these places might be several hundred years old and still standing today. However, as you'll soon see, some were from not too long ago.

Central Avenue in Dover, New Hampshire, is home to an assortment of restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses. One of the larger plazas along that road is home to a Shaw's, Petco, IKKO, and more. You likely haven't stopped to think about what business(es) once set up shop there, and neither did we, until a recent Facebook post by Made of Dover caught our attention.

This is the Giant Store, a one-stop shop on Central Ave that once took up the space where those aforementioned businesses are now. The empty space to the right is where a Hannaford's stands today.

According to the post, the Giant Store closed back in the 70s, but the building and parking lot were still used for, get this, a weekly "Giant Country Fair" on Sundays from 9am-6pm. From several hundred vendors to a food bar, this community event had it all. Who knew that as you've been parking at Shaw's to get your groceries for the week, folks were once strolling around that very lot perusing a huge flea market and enjoying some good grub?

Made in Dover also shared this image of an advertisement for the Fair.

Made in Dover via Facebook
Made in Dover via Facebook

What a blast from the past, and a trip down memory lane for some. Speaking of the past, let's take a look at the 20 most populated towns in New Hampshire, circa 1950. Is your town on this list?

The 20 Most Populated New Hampshire Towns in 1950

The descriptions of each town will also share if and how they rank among the most populated towns today.

These Were New Hampshire's 20 Least Populated Towns Back in 1950

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