Friday, May 06, 2011
Thursday, May 05, 2011
History of Enfield, NH
The town was incorporated in 1761 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth. First named Enfield by settlers from Enfield, Connecticut, the town was renamed Relhan in 1766 to honor Dr. Anthony Relhan (ca. 1715-1776). The doctor was a promoter of sea-bathing as a curative, making Brighton, England, a fashionable resort. Following the American Revolution, the New Hampshire town was renamed Enfield in 1784. 
The first European settlers in town were Jonathan Paddleford and family who arrived, after the successful conclusion of the French and Indian War, between 1765 and 1772.
On the southwest shore of Mascoma Lake is Enfield Shaker Village, once a utopian religious community of Shakers, renowned for simple and functional architecture and furniture. Established in 1793 and called Chosen Vale, the village was subdivided into several "Families", with men and women leading pious, celibate and industrious lives. Although the genders shared dormitories, like Enfield's Great Stone Dwelling built between 1837-1841, the sexes used separate doors and stairways. They practiced ecstatic singing and dancing, an expression of their worship, which earned them the appellation: Shaking Quakers, or Shakers.
Several trades operated at the village, from agriculture and packaging of seeds, to manufacture of brooms, brushes, spinning-wheels, and furniture. To speed delivery of products to the railroad across Mascoma Lake, in 1849 the community erected Shaker Bridge.
The Shaker movement crested in the 1840s, with 19 "societies" scattered from Maine to Kentucky and west to Indiana. But growing employment opportunities created by the Industrial Revolution, as near as the mill town of Lebanon, enticed away potential and practicing church members. Others grew disaffected with celibacy, self-abnegation, and communal ownership of property. Indeed, Mary Marshall Dyer, once a member of the Enfield church, became an outspoken Anti-Shaker. Eventually the village would close and, in 1927, be sold to the La Salette Brotherhood of Montreal, a Catholic order noted for its Christmas display. In 1986, Enfield Shaker Village was established as a museum.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
When asked when the best time to visit waterfalls in NH, Matt Goodwin of Re: The best time to visit waterfalls
The best time to view waterfalls in new Hampshire tend to be in the Spring during mud season but even after that they can be very nice (and not so muddy).
The mountains will still have snow melt that contributes to many of the waterfalls in the state.
What we do is watch the northern NH webcams, like The Balsams Webcam. This can be a good indication of the amount of snow in Northern NH. We wait until the snow cover is gone and the tail end of the mud season before we go.
Have fun with the waterfalls!
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
This is the famous Old Man of the Mountains (aka Old Stone Face) that looked down on Profile Lake in Franconia Notch, New Hampshire for thousands of years. The great stone face came crashing to the valley floor on May 3, 2003 after a very tough winter. The photo was shot on Kodak Ektachrome film, by the way. You can read more about it the photo (and why it's important to shoot things when you see them!) on my: Travel Photography Blog . Read what Daniel Webster had to say about the Old Man (scroll to bottom of page). Copyright 2008 Jeff Wignall, all rights reserved.
Today, May 3rd, is the eighter anniversary of the falling of the iconic Man of the Mountain. So iconic was the stone formation on the side of a cliff in Franconia, used on everything from our state highway signs to our state quarter and license plates, that many NHites worried that the state had lost its identity. Now, eight years later, it is evident that the Old Man lives on in the hearts of NHites. We can never forget you, Old Man!
Monday, May 02, 2011
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Skiing Dodge's Drop on Mt Washington on April 30, 2011 with pretty ideal conditions
Photo credit to Chris Malvey
While Spring is in full force in New Hampshire, it is still a perfect time to hit the slopes. There's nothing like Spring Skiing!