Posts Categorized: Historic Buildings



Weeks State Park, New Hampshire

Weeks State Park - John Wingate Weeks Estate on the summit of Mt. Prospect in Lancaster, New Hampshire USA. The Mount Prospect Tower was built by John W. Weeks in 1912 and is still in operation today.
Weeks State Park – Lancaster, New Hampshire 
 

Weeks State Park, New Hampshire – Weeks State Park is a 420-acre, more or less, property on Mt. Prospect in Lancaster, New Hampshire. The main attraction of the park is the historical Weeks Estate on the summit. Built in 1912 for John Wingate Weeks (1860-1926), the main house is built of fieldstone and stucco.

Born in Lancaster on April 11, 1860, John Wingate Weeks was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. He was a leading conservationist, congressman, senator, and secretary of war but is best known for the Weeks Act of 1911. The Weeks Act authorized the Federal Government to purchase private land in the eastern United States and maintain the land as national forests. He is the reason why we have the White Mountain National Forest.

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Russell-Colbath House, Passaconaway

The Russell-Colbath homestead along the Kancamagus Highway in Albany, New Hampshire. Located in the White Mountain National Forest, this historic homestead was built in the early 1830s, likely around 1832. When the Swift River Railroad (1906-1916) moved into the area, the Passaconaway settlement became the center of logging operations, and the railroad took over most of the settlement. It is the only original structure remaining from the Passaconaway settlement.
Russell-Colbath Homestead – Passaconaway, New Hampshire
 

Russell-Colbath House, Passaconaway – The Russell-Colbath House is a 19th-century historic house along the Kancamagus Highway in an area known as Passaconaway in Albany, New Hampshire. Albany was first chartered in 1766 under the name Burton and then renamed Albany in 1833. This old house holds the fascinating story of Ruth Priscilla Russell: the grand old lady of Passaconaway.

In the early 1800s, Austin George moved his family to Passaconaway. But tough times would force the George family to abandon the homestead and move to Bartlett in 1815. Their homestead was located just to the east of where the Russell-Colbath House now stands. What became of the George's dwellings is not completely clear. Because of its close proximity to the Russell dwelling and the George family connection, the Russell house is also referred to as the George House.

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Middle Sister Groundhouse, Albany

Middle Sister Groundhouse (fire tower) on Middle Sister Mountain in Albany, New Hampshire.
Middle Sister Tower – Albany, New Hampshire
 

Middle Sister Groundhouse, New Hampshire – The Middle Sister Groundhouse is a fire lookout tower located on Middle Sister Mountain, along Middle Sister Trail, near Mount Chocorua, in Albany, New Hampshire. According to the Forest Fire Lookout Association it was in operation from 1927-1948. A groundhouse fire tower differs from a typical fire tower in that the lookout cabin is built on the ground, not atop of a tower.

Today, the foundation remains intact and some odds and ends linked to the groundhouse can be found at the site. And a Forest Service radio repeater is inside the foundation, which can be seen in the above image. You can see what this fire tower looked like when it was still in operation here.

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Greenleaf Hut, Mount Lafayette

Greenleaf Hut with Mount Lafayette in the background in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire.
Greenleaf Hut – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Greenleaf Hut, Mount Lafayette – Some love' em and some hate' em! I have listened to some very heated debates over the years as to why the huts should or should not exist. Personally, I believe they offer travelers an excellent opportunity to explore the mountain region. And they do make make great photo subjects.

One of the more picturesque huts in the White Mountains hut system is the Greenleaf Hut on the side of Mount Lafayette. The hut opened in July 1930 (+/-) and was named in honor of Colonel Charles Henry Greenleaf, who ran the Profile House in Franconia Notch.

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Russell-Colbath Homestead, White Mountains

The Russell-Colbath Historic Homestead site located along the Kancamagus Highway (route 112), which is one of New England's scenic byways in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. This homestead was part of the Passaconaway settlement along the Swift River Logging Railroad. This was a logging railroad that operated from 1906 - 1916.
Russell-Colbath House – Albany, New Hampshire
 

Russell-Colbath Historic Homestead, Albany – The Russell Colbath house is a 19th century homestead located at the Passaconaway Historic Site along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway (Route 112) in Albany, New Hampshire. The homestead has walking trails, flower gardens, and an interesting graveyard.

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Fabyan Guard Station, White Mountains

The Fabyan Guard Station - Built in 1923 by Clifford Graham along the old Jefferson Turnpike (now Old Cherry Mountain Road) in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. It's the last remaining guard station in the White Mountain National Forest. The cabin was built using spruce logs from the surrounding area.
Fabyan Guard Station – White Mountains, New Hampshire.
 

Fabyan Guard Station, White Mountains – Built in 1923 by Clifford L. Graham, the Fabyan Guard Station is a 16 by 20 foot one room log cabin located along old Cherry Mountain Road (the old Jefferson Turnpike) in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Graham would eventually become Supervisor of the White Mountain National Forest.

Built of spruce logs from the surrounding area, the Fabyan Guard Station was the first administrative building built by Forest Service on White Mountain National Forest land. And today, it is the last remaining guard station in the White Mountain National Forest. According to Forest Service, in 1923, it cost $75.00 to build this cabin. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in May 2018.

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Robert Frost Homestead

Robert Frost Homestead in Franconia, New Hampshire, which is part of the White Mountains region. This is an excellent homestead to bring children to. From the rusted mailbox to the chairs on the porch, nothing represents rural america better than this classic New England homestead. The Robert Frost Homestead is a great spot to visit if you are looking to kill some time during your visit to the White Mountains region of New Hampshire.
Robert Frost Homestead – Franconia, New Hampshire USA
 

Robert Frost Homestead, Franconia, New Hampshire – From the rusted mailbox to the chairs on the porch, nothing represents rural america better than this classic New England homestead. The Robert Frost Homestead is a great spot to visit if you are looking to kill some time during your visit to the White Mountains region of New Hampshire.

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