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Thornton Gore Hill Farming Settlement

Remnants of an old hay rake at Thornton Gore in Thornton, New Hampshire.
Old Hay Rake – Thornton Gore, New Hampshire

Thornton Gore Hill Farming Settlement – Many consider Thornton Gore or the "Gore” to be the northern section of Thornton New Hampshire in the area of where Talford and Eastman Brook meet. However, I am currently reading Family Farm by Dick Bradley. And he refers to farms that were located just north of Johnson Brook as being part of the Gore. That area seems to be a little further south of the area today’s historians consider to be the Gore. But because Bradley lived in the Gore, I would have to say his information is accurate.

My work is based on an 1860 map of Thornton by H.F. Walling, a couple of historic resources, and days of field research. And I have focused mainly on the area surrounding Talford and Eastman Brook. This section of Thornton Gore had a bunch of farms, a few mills, a school, two cemeteries, and a church. The 1860 map I am using shows at least twenty-two dwellings in this area.

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Updating The Culture & History Portfolios

Culture & history of the White Mountains. Remnants of an abandoned cellar hole at Thornton Gore in Thornton, New Hampshire during the autumn months. Thornton Gore is the site of an old hill farming community that abandoned during the 19th century. Based on an 1860 historical map of Grafton County this is believed to have been the P.P. Merrill homestead.
Thornton Gore – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Culture & History Portfolios – Every year during the month of December most of my time is spent doing “behind the scenes” work. This work (such as keywording 1000 images in the last two days) is not that exciting, but I need to complete it before the end of the year. This time of year is also when I update the image galleries on my website with new images I shot during 2016.

I am currently in the process of updating my culture and history portfolios. These portfolios showcase my documentary work that focuses on historic preservation in the New Hampshire White Mountains. They are intended to create awareness for the importance of preserving our past. And also to show a side of the White Mountains not often seen.

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Swift River Railroad, New Hampshire

Autumn foliage from the Boulder Loop Trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Boulder Loop Trail has excellent views of the Swift River Valley. During the autumn months is the best time to hike this trail.
Swift River Valley – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Swift River Railroad, New Hampshire – The Swift River Railroad was a logging railroad in the Swift River Valley of the New Hampshire White Mountains. It was operated by the Conway Company and was in operation from 1906-1916. The railroad began in Conway, at the Conway Company’s sawmill, and traveled up the Swift River Valley following the Swift River and much of today’s Kancamagus Scenic Byway. It ended somewhere past Pine Bend Brook, below Mount Kancamagus.

It is hard to envision the Swift River Valley (above) stripped of its timber. But for ten years, this area was heavily logged which is only a part of the history surrounding this valley. To absorb all the history of this valley in one blog article may be overwhelming so I will briefly touch base on two other interesting features of this area.

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Sandwich Notch Hill Farming Community

The Andrew Munsey Place home site cellar hole along Sandwich Notch Road in New Hampshire.
Andrew Munsey Home Site – The Notch Community, New Hampshire

Sandwich Notch Hill Farming Community – Here is blog article number 2 of a two-part series that focuses on Sandwich Notch in New Hampshire. In part 1, I introduced you to the historic Sandwich Notch Road. And today I will be taking you on a visual journey of the abandoned nineteenth century hill farming community that once was in Sandwich Notch (The Notch).

It is hard to imagine that during the early nineteenth century, thirty to forty families lived in Sandwich Notch. A few Notch farms did strive, but the rocky terrain of the Notch was poor for farming, and it is no surprise that by 1860 only eight families lived in the Notch. Many families in the area left their farms and headed West to where farming was said to be better. By the turn of the twentieth century only one person, Moses Hall, lived in the Notch year around. Now a private residence the Hall Place (below) is the only house left on the Notch Road.

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The Abandoned Elbow Pond Community

Elbow Pond during the summer months in Woodstock, New Hampshire. Species of fish in this pond include chain pickerel, yellow perch and smallmouth bass. This area was part of the Gordon Pond Railroad, which was a logging railroad in operation from 1905-1916.
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.

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White Mountains History & Culture

Possibly the hoisting system of an old steam-powered log loader at the end of the Camp 9 spur line of East Branch & Lincoln Railroad (1893 - 1948) in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of the New Hampshire White Mountains. Steam-powered log loaders were used to load logs on to railroad log trucks. This section of railroad was a spur line that started at Camp 9 and ended a short distance after crossing Franconia Brook.
Steam-Powered Log Loader – East Branch & Lincoln Railraod

White Mountains History & Culture – For the past couple of weeks, I have been photographing nineteenth century sites linked to the history and culture of the White Mountains. When photographing these abandoned sites, I am reminded that conservation is not just about protecting a parcel of land for guaranteed future recreation. Conservation is also about the preservation of artifacts and historical sites. Today I want to share with you some interesting traces of the past.

Above is one of my favorite artifacts of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad (1893-1948). It is located at the end of the Camp 9 spur line, close to Franconia Brook, in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. This artifact is possibly the hoisting system of an old steam-powered log loader. And more than likely it was used at the end of the Camp 9 spur line to load logs onto railroad log cars.

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