The Village of Zealand in Carroll, New Hampshire

"Zealand and James Everell Henry" Roadmarker in Carroll, New Hampshire

“Zealand and James Everell Henry” Roadmarker in Carroll, New Hampshire

“Zealand and James Everell Henry”

Inscription: “The village of Zealand grew up in 1875 to serve the logging industry. Henry owned 10,000 acres in the heart of the White Mtns., with a 10-mile railroad to move logs from forest to sawmill. The village had a post office, school, store, housing, and charcoal kilns to eke out every bit of forest value. Depending on the season, the logging business employed 80-250 men. By 1885, Henry left the Valley moving on to Lincoln, leaving the area mostly clear cut. From 1886-1903, fires destroyed the valley and village.”

Zealand Valley 1880-1897

Zealand Valley 1880-1897

“Can You Imagine Life in Zealand?”

“In its prime, Zealand was a booming and bustling logging town, with approximately 300 residents from various backgrounds including Canadian, Irish, Polish, Russian and Italian.”

“Along with milled products, charcoal was vital to the local economy. According tot he 1880 Industrial Census, $75,000 worth of charcoal was produced in Zealand Kilns that year.”

“Zealand was more than a logging camp. Though dominated by the large water-powered sawmill, it was a community with a dozen homes, school, general store, post office, boarding house and two railroad stations.”

Picture of Zealand Recreation Area in White Mountain National Forest

Zealand Recreation Area in White Mountain National Forest


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