Located at the end of a small gravel road in the rural central
NH town of Canterbury (Pop. 2,000) Olde House Smoke House began
in 1969 as a service for local farmers. Charley Fox and his wife
Carolyn, having returned to the US from Madrid, Spain, purchased
a large colonial farmhouse and began a small farming operation.
With the idea of smoking his own pork, and maybe neighbors pork
as well, Charley hand picked stones from his own fields and built
a smokehouse capable of smoking 400 lbs. at a time. Using his
own hand mixed cures and a special blend of hardwoods and oak
from trees on the farm, Charley created superior tasting hams
and bacon. With well over a million pounds of pork smoked, the
original recipe is still used today...
In 1974 Yankee Magazine wrote an article on building your own
smokehouse and featured the Fox smokehouse. Calls began coming
in throughout the northeast requesting ham and bacon, and so came
the idea to offer smoked items to the non-farm community. The
Product line grew slowly throughout the years and in 1978, Olde
House Smoke House became a USDA. inspected facility with just
a handful of items available for mail order. In 1992 Charley's
son Matthew joined him, and with the added help came more product.
Today, Olde House offers a full line of country smoked products,
including ham, bacon, sausages, cheese, fish, beef jerky and a
variety of jams and maple syrup. The original cure is still carefully
mixed by hand, insuring the quality customers have come to expect.
Items may be purchased at our retail location in Canterbury or
sent directly throughout the USA.
In Yankee Magazine's book entitled "The Forgotten Arts"
you can still read about Olde House, although the art of curing
and smoking is not something we have forgotten. If you get a chance,
come and get lost on the back roads of Canterbury, you'll be sure
to find us.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Matthew and Sarah Fox