Mirror Lake – Woodstock, New Hampshire
Forgotten Woodstock, New Hampshire – Chartered in September 1763 by Governor Benning Wentworth, the town of Woodstock was first incorporated as Peeling. The charter, consisting of 25,000 acres, was granted to Eli Demerit and others and was divided into ninety-eight equal shares. In 1771, the land was regranted to Nathaniel Cushman and others and divided into seventy equal shares and renamed Fairfield. Then in 1773, it was regranted as Peeling back to some of the original proprietors. The name was changed to Woodstock in 1840.
Today the mountainous landscape of Woodstock is picture perfect. And the village of North Woodstock gets so much recognition that you would think North Woodstock received its own charter. But it didn’t and is part of the Woodstock charter. Much of the town's history is well known, but some of it has been forgotten. And this blog article focuses on a few of the forgotten historical features of Woodstock.
Moon Light – East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, New Hampshire
Abstract Water Scenes, White Mountains – Most of the easily accessible roadside water scenes in the New Hampshire White Mountains have been photographed from every possible angle. And trying to find a unique perspective can be a tough task for any photographer.
Creating abstract scenes of your favorite brook, river, or waterfall is one way to obtain a unique perspective. Focus on the water bouncing off the rocks, and the lines and curves of the water flowing around the rocks. Each photograph you create will be a little different from the last one.
Memorial Bridge (Cold Brook) – Randolph, New Hampshire
Cold Brook Cascades, White Mountains – Cold Brook begins in King Ravine in the township of Low and Burbank's Grant and empties into the Moose River in Randolph. The 1908 map of the Northern Peaks of the Great Range and their Vicinity by Louis F. Cutter shows eleven marked cascades on Cold Brook. In the present day, the 9th edition of Randolph Paths states there are ten cascades on this brook.
Because of the minor discrepancy on the number of cascades, I based my work on the 1908 Louis Cutter map, which surprisingly is very accurate. I also referred to old A.M.C. White Mountain guidebooks. Out of the eleven cascades on Cold Brook, five of them are named. Two are known, Cold Brook Fall and Mossy Fall and the other three, Secunda Cascade, Tertia Cascade and Quarta Cascade have been forgotten over time.
Snyder Brook Valley From The Inlook Trail – Randolph, New Hampshire
Snyder Brook Waterfalls, White Mountains – Located in the New Hampshire town of Randolph and the township of Low and Burbank's Grant Snyder Brook is a photographer’s and waterfall enthusiasts paradise. The lower portion of Snyder Brook is within the thirty-six acre Snyder Brook Scenic Area, which contains an impressive stand of old growth hemlock and red spruce.
In September of 1875 William G. Nowell, a 19th century trail builder, named Snyder Brook after Charles E. Lowe’s dog (ref: 1915 Appalachia Vol.13). Lowe was also a 19th century trail builder and mountain guide. Lowe and Nowell are credited for building Lowe’s Path in 1875-1876, one of the oldest trails in continuous use in the White Mountains. An 1896 map of Randolph indicates that Snyder Brook was once known as Salmacis Brook.
Pool along Harvard Brook – Lincoln, New Hampshire
Georgiana Falls, New Hampshire – Georgiana Falls is a series of breathtaking cascades on Harvard Brook in Lincoln, New Hampshire. These falls consist of two sections the Lower and Upper Georgiana Falls. There has been confusion on what the proper name of these falls is since the day they were discovered.
According to the “Guide Book to the Franconia Notch and the Pemigewasset Valley” By Frank Oliver Carpenter Georgiana Falls was discovered and named in 1858. Now for the name confusion, a group of Harvard students claimed to have found Upper Georgiana Falls and named them "Harvard Falls" prior to 1858. Carpenter’s book, states that the State Geologist ended the naming issue by naming the brook Harvard Brook and keeping the falls named Georgiana Falls. To this day, the names are still interchanged.
Rollo Fall – Randolph, New Hampshire
Lost Waterfalls, White Mountains – I mentioned in last week’s blog article that I will be spending some time this year photographing forgotten waterfalls in the New Hampshire White Mountains. The reason I will be doing this is because many of these lost waterfalls were discovered and named back in the 19th century.
Much like an abandoned hill farm settlement, lost waterfalls are linked to the history of the White Mountains, and I need to include them in my White Mountains history and culture image collection. I usually find reference to lost waterfalls on old maps and in old history and guide books when researching abandoned settlements in the White Mountains.
Bridesmaid (Noble) Falls – Franconia, New Hampshire
May, White Mountains – Here in the New Hampshire White Mountains warm weather has finally arrived, and lawns are being mowed again. May is a great time to explore and photograph the many waterfalls in the White Mountains. The waterfalls included in this blog article are nothing more than small brooks during most months, but during spring snowmelt and after heavy rains they become interesting photo subjects.
This month, I spent a few days shooting in the Benton, Easton, Franconia and Landaff area of New Hampshire. I have had a great time photographing a few new locations. A photographer with an open mind will enjoy the many photo opportunities in this area. I also spent three days in the northern portion of the state but have yet to edit the imagery from these days.