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“Winston Churchill”

Found on State Route 12A in Plainfield, New Hampshire

Inscription: “American author of best-selling novels, such as ‘Coniston’, written between 1898-1941 and partly based upon actual experience in New Hampshire politics. His nearby residence, ‘Harlakenden House’, was built in 1898 and burned in 1923. It also served as a summer home for President Woodrow Wilson in 1913, 1914 and 1915.”

Picture of NH Road Marker Winston Churchill Plainsfield, New Hampshire

“Winston Churchill”

“Kimball Union Academy”

Found on State Route 120 in the town of Plainfield in the village of Meriden

Inscription: “This school, known first as Union Academy, was chartered June 16, 1813 ‘to train young men for leadership in the ministry,’ The original building, located about 1,000 feet west of here and dedicated January 9, 1815, was destroyed by fire in 1824. Now known as Kimball Union Academy to honor benefactor Daniel Kimball, traditionally it has afforded a broad education to all who have attended.”

Picture of NH Road Marker Kimball Union Academy Plainsfield

“Kimball Union Academy”

Picture of Kimball Union Academy in Plainsfield New Hampshire

Kimball Union Academy

“The Cornish Colony”

Found on State Route 12A in Cornish, New Hamsphire

Inscription: “The Cornish Colony (1885-1935) was a group of artists, sculptors, writers, journalists, poets, and musicians who joined the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Cornish and found the area a delightful place to live and work. Some prominent members were sculptor Herbert Adams, poet Percy MacKaye, architect Charles A. Platt artist Kenyon Cox, Stephen Parrish and his son Maxfield, and landscape architects Rose Nichols and Ellen Shipman.”

Picture of NH Road Marker The Cornish Colony Cornish

The Cornish Colony

“Blow-Me-Down Mill”

Found on State Route 12A in Cornish, New Hamsphire

Charles Beaman: A New York attorney, Beaman purchased Blow-Me-Down Farm in 1882, and encouraged Saint-Gaudens and other artists to summer in the area, leading to formation of the “Cornish Colony.”

Blow-Me-Down Mill: This mill ground grain for the community and also generated electricity for Blow-Me-Down Farm. It was built in 1891 by Charles Beaman, friend of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens whose home is just up the road.

When the mill closed in 1910, it was the last working grist mill in the area. IN 1984, the mill, pond, and hillside became part of Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

Mill Totals in 1897 (in pounds)

228,894   corn

98,010      bran

60,500      midlings (farina)

16,500       mixed feed

700             toll (grain for the miller in lieu of payment)

What does the name mean? The phrase “Blow-me-down” was commonly used in the 18th century to express surprise. The name appears on a local 1761 map. The reason for its use here is unknown.

Stone Arch Bridge: Built in 1888, the bridge was originally planned by the town as a wooden span. Charles Beaman contributed the difference in cost to construct the bridge of stone. In 1958, this part of Route 12A was raised and straightened, with a culvert extending downstream from the bridge and under the realigned road. As a result, the south side of the bridge is no longer visible. The north side is best viewed from the adjacent hiking trail.

Blow-Me-Down Pond: In winter the pond was used by Beaman and his neighbors for hockey games, skating parties, and for cutting ice to store for the coming summer. the pond was originally much larger. Realignment of Route 12A and accumulation of silt has greatly reduced its size

Picture of Blow-Me-Down Mill Storyboard in Cornish New Hampshire

Blow-Me-Down Mill Storyboard

Picture of Blow-Me-Down Mill in Cornish New Hampshire I

Blow-Me-Down Mill I

Picture of Blow-Me-Down Mill in Cornish New Hampshire II

Blow-Me-Down Mill II

“Cornish-Windsor Bridge”

Found on State Route 12A in Cornish, New Hampshire

Inscription: “Built in 1866 at a cost of $9,000, this is the longest wooden bridge in the United States and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world. The fourth bridge at this site, the 460-foot structure was built by Bela J. Fletcher (1811-1877) of Claremont and James F. Tasker (1826-1903) of Cornish, using a lattice truss patented by architect Ithiel Town in 1820 and 1835. Built as a toll bridge by a private corporation, the span was purchased by the state of New Hampshire in 1936 and made toll-free in 1943.”

Picture of NH Road Marker Cornish-Windsor Bridge Cornish

“Cornish-Windsor Bridge”

Picture of Cornish-Windsor Bridge in Cornish New Hampshire

Cornish-Windsor Bridge

“Colonel John Goffe (1701-1786)”

Found on State Route 3 in Bedford, New Hampshire

Inscription: “This is considered to be the site of Colonel John Goffe’s log dwelling. In 1744 Goffe built a gristmill on Bowman’s Brook, later run by his son, Major John Goffe (1727-1813), and his grandson, Theodore Atkinson Goffe (1769-1860). The stream eventually powered several other mills. In 1939, Dr. George Woodbury (1902-1973), a Goffe descendant, built a mill that is now part of the hotel complex across the road, as told in his book, “John Goffe’s Mill.” Prominent in local history, Colonel Goffe lent his name to neighboring Goffstown and Goffe’s Falls. Four generations of Goffes lie nearby in Bedford’s Old Burying Ground.”

Picture of NH Road Marker Col John Goffe Bedford

“Colonel John Goffe”

Picture of Site of Colonel John Goffe's Log Cabin in Bedford, New Hampshire

Site of Colonel John Goffe’s Log Cabin

“St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union”

Found on Notre Dame Avenue in Manchester, New Hampshire

Inscription: “The first credit union in the U.S. was founded her in 1908, the inspiration of Monsignor Pierre Hevey, the pastor of Sainte-Marie Parish. Monsignor Hevey sought to improve the economic stability and independence of the French-speaking mill workers by giving them a safe and welcoming place to save and borrow money. Until 1913 the credit union was located here in the home of attorney Joseph Boivin, its first president and manager. Initially open just evenings and holidays, the credit union grew to become one of the state’s most stable financial institution.”

Picture of NH Road Marker St. Mary's Bank Credit Union Manchester

“St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union”

Picture of St. Mary's Bank Credit Union in Manchester, New Hampshire

Site of St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union

“Stark Park”

Found on River Road in Manchester, New Hampshire

Inscription: “This 30 acre tract along the Merrimack River was the family farm of Revolutionary War hero General John Stark and his wife Molly. When soldiers were stricken with smallpox at Ticonderoga, the General sent them here to his farm to recover. General Stark returned here at the end of the war. He died in 1822 and is buried in the family plot in the park. The city of Manchester purchased the site from Stark descendants in 1891, and it was dedicated as a public park in 1893.”

Picture of NH Road Marker Stark Park Manchester

“Stark Park”

“John Stark–Revolutionary War Hero”

Found in Stark Park on River Road in Manchester, New Hampshire

Inscription: “In the spring of 1777 the outcome of the American Revolution was very much in question. A large British army in Canada began to move south along the New York side of Lake Champlain as part of a plan to cut off New England from the rest of the colonies.”

“In early July, Fort Ticonderoga in New York was recaptured and nearby Mount Independence in Vermont was evacuated by the Americans. The British were now in need of supplies and stores located in the general depot at Bennington, Vermont. That state had only recently declared its independence and now asked for assistance from New Hampshire against the invading army. With General Stark in command, 1400 men enlisted for 30 days and departed for Bennington from Charlestown, New  Hampshire.”

“Upon their arrival, General Stark was given command of all militia and made plans for battle with the advancing British. O the afternoon of August 16 the battle began and by nightfall the British were in full retreat without the supplies they so badly needed. This victory by General Stark would prove to be critical.”

“As the British regrouped near Saratoga, New York many of the New Hampshire men were sick and their 30 day enlistment had expired. Nearly half of them left for home. On September 19, the day after General Stark left for home to recruit new troops, the British attempted to resume their march south. They were not able to breach the American lines and after several days both forces settle in to strengthen their position.”

“On October 7 the British again attacked and after heavy casualties withdrew behind newly built barricades. Their only hope was to return to Canada. It was this point that General Stark returned with his new brigade and closed off the last escape route. On October 16 the British army of 8000 surrendered. The brilliant victory of General Stark at Bennington had set the stage for success at Saratoga and he had returned in time for the surrender that was the turning point in the Revolution.”

Picture of John Stark Revolutionary War Hero Plaque

John Stark Revolutionary War Hero Plaque

Picture of Statue of Major General John Stark in Manchester, New Hampshire

Statue of Major General John Stark

“Hannah Dustin 1657-1737”

Found on State Route 4 in Penacook, New  Hampshire

Inscription: “Famous symbol of frontier heroism. A victim of an Indian raid in 1697, on Haverhill, Massachusetts, whence she had been taken to a camp site on the nearby island in the river. After killing and later scalping ten Indians, she and the two other captives, Mary Neff and Samuel Lennardson, escaped down the river to safety.”

Picture of NH Road Marker Hannah Dustin Boscawen

“Hannah Dustin 1657-1737”

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