Dug Well at Colonel Lewis B. Smith Homestead – Sandwich, New Hampshire
Abandoned Dug Wells, White Mountains – Today’s blog article focuses on a keyword. I chose one search term, abandoned dug wells, and searched my image archive for imagery that represents this subject matter. These keyword searches help identify the subjects I need more coverage of. As a photographer, creating an image of an abandoned dug well that is visually interesting can be a challenge.
The White Mountains of New Hampshire are littered with abandoned eighteenth and nineteenth century homesteads. And many of these homesteads had a water source, the dug well. These wells were dug by hand to just below the water table and were lined with stones or other material to keep it from collapsing. If you find a dug well in the middle of the forest, there is a good chance you are in the area of an old homestead.
Site of The Bemis Granite Quarry – Sawyer River, Hart’s Location
The Abandoned Bemis Granite Quarry – I recently photographed the forgotten Bemis Granite Quarry in Harts Location, New Hampshire. This quarry, located along the Sawyer River (above), is small when compared to other quarries, such as the Redstone Granite Quarry, but the history attached to it is intriguing.
When most people hear mention of the Sawyer River Valley, they automatically associate it with the Sawyer River Railroad and the village of Livermore. But before the logging railroad took over the Sawyer River Valley in the 1870s Dr. Samuel Bemis quarried granite from land, which he owned at the time, along the Sawyer River during the 1860s to build his granite mansion in Hart’s Location.
Sawmill – Livermore, New Hampshire
Village of Livermore, New Hampshire – Incorporated by the state of New Hampshire in 1876, Livermore was a logging town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was located along the Sawyer River Railroad in the White Mountains. Both the railroad and town were owned by the Saunders family. At its peak, the population of Livermore was around 150-200 people, but as time progressed more and more people left the town. The town of Livermore was officially dissolved in 1951.
The history of Livermore has been very well documented over the years, so instead of repeating what can be easily found on the internet I want to take you on a photo tour of one of the more interesting ghost towns in the New Hampshire White Mountains.
Redstone Granite Quarry – Conway, New Hampshire
Redstone Granite Quarry, New Hampshire – The Redstone Granite Quarry is an abandoned quarry at the base of Rattlesnake Mountain in Redstone, New Hampshire (part of the town of Conway). The quarry opened in the late eighteen hundreds, closed in the nineteen forties and at one time employed over three hundred men. The history of the quarry has been well documented, so I will show you the actual quarry site.
The village of Redstone was originally a company town built by the Maine and New Hampshire Granite Co. It had a church, boarding house, housing for employees, post office, railroad station, school, and numerous other buildings. The green and pink granite harvested from the Redstone Quarry can still be found in buildings and monuments throughout New England and beyond.
Elbow Pond – Woodstock, New Hampshire
Elbow Pond Community, Woodstock – A few years ago, I documented the abandoned Elbow Pond cabin community in Woodstock, New Hampshire. This small cabin community was in the area immediately surrounding Elbow Pond. And it shouldn't be confused with the nineteenth and early twentieth-century farming settlements that were once in the area.
Elbow Pond is located at the end of Elbow Pond Road, a seasonal dirt road off Route 118. It is considered to be a mid-sized pond with a maximum depth of around 32 feet. And species of fish found in the pond include chain pickerel, yellow perch, and smallmouth bass.
Possibly a late 1920's / early 1930's Ford – Thornton, New Hampshire
Five Images of Abandoned Vehicles – Over the last few years, I have documented a number of abandoned vehicles in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and today I want to share some of them with you. These forgotten relics make great photo subjects. Personally, I love coming across them in the middle of know where.
If you are a New England outdoor photographer, you should consider adding a few abandoned relics to your image archive. This type of imagery can be used in numerous ways to represent the environment. And some art collectors do like this type of subject matter for their walls.