Concord New Hampshire State House Capitol Building

State Capitol – Part of a series of fine art photographs from around the New England state of New Hampshire from the portfolios of photographer Edward M. Fielding – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/new+hampshire

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE HOUSE

A visit to Concord New Hampshire is not complete without a visit to the impressive New Hampshire State House building and grounds where in 1816 the state settled on the location.

The contest was between Concord, Hopkinton, and Salisbury, the last named town having offered seven thousand dollars for the honor. In the end Concord won, and by 1816 final action had been taken to build there.

Considerable expense was saved the town of Concord by the decision to build the Capitol of granite from what are now the Swenson quarries at the north end of the town, and to have the cutting and shaping and facing of the stones done by the inmates of the prison.

A feature of the new and imposing building thus provided was its huge gold-painted wooden eagle, which was raised to the top of the dome in 1818. Appropriate ceremonies presided over by Governor Plumer were marked by a series of toasts, one of which was, “The American Eagle. May the shadow of his wings protect every acre of our united continent and the lightning of his eye flash terror and defeat through the ranks of our enemies.”

The new building’s actual cost was only approximately $82,000, but it provided adequate quarters of the legislature and committees, the Governor and Council, the Secretary of State, the Treasurer, and the library. Stuart J. Park, the builder, goes down in history as having done an admirable job, and he has a Concord street to the north of the building, Park Street, named in his honor. The first session of the legislature to be held in the new building was in 1819.

The New Hampshire State House, located in Concord at 107 North Main Street, is the state capitol building of New Hampshire. The capitol houses the New Hampshire General Court, Governor and Executive Council. The building was constructed on a block framed by Park Street (named in honor of the architect, Stuart James Park) to the north, Main Street to the east, Capitol Street to the south, and North State Street to the west.

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Prints of this black and white photograph of the New Hampshire State Capital Building are available as prints, framed museum quality artwork, canvas prints and more at – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/state-capital-building-concord-new-hampshire-2015-edward-fielding.html

The current statehouse was designed in 1814, and paid for by the City of Concord. The building was built in 1816–1819 by architect Stuart Park.

The building was built in the Greek Revival style with smooth granite blocks. The entrance is covered by a small projecting portico supported by Doric columns. The balcony above is lined with a balustrade separated by Corinthian columns supporting a pediment. Another balustrade lines the edge of the flat roof.

Lyme Congregational Church, Horse Sheds, The Green, Lyme, Grafton County, NH

Lyme Congregational Church, Horse Sheds, The Green, Lyme, Grafton County, NH

Back in the day before cars, people would either walk, ride a horse or take a carriage to town.   In Lyme, New Hampshire, just past Hanover on Route 10, at the far end of the green lays a fine example of old carriage sheds that many churches used feature.

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The historic horse sheds behind the Congregational Church have been preserved and remain one of the last example of this structure.  The row of twenty-seven sheds standing today is the longest line of contiguous horse sheds in New England, and possibly in the United States.

Bill Ackerly of Lyme said the sheds were built by his great-great-great grandfather. He estimates his family settled in Lyme in the late 1700s.
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The sheds sit on town property, but they are maintained by the Lyme Congregational Church. They rely on private sources of funding for maintenance.

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The First Congregational Church was built c. 1810, at which time the horse sheds behind it were also built; these are believed to be the longest such surviving row in the state.

Subject Headings-  wooden buildings-  stables-  building deterioration-  religions-  storage-  travel-  New Hampshire — Grafton County — LymeNotes-  Significance: This structure built in 1812 at the same time as the church, is one of the few surviving example of a type of outbuilding that was typical of early meeting houses in this area.-  Survey number: HABS NH-76-  Building/structure dates: 1812 Initial Construction

About Lyme, New Hampshire

Lyme is a town along the Connecticut River in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,716 as of the 2010 census,[1] with an estimated population of 1,680 in 2015.[2] Lyme is home to the Chaffee Natural Conservation Area. The Dartmouth Skiway is in the eastern part of town, near the village of Lyme Center. The Appalachian Trail passes through the town’s heavily wooded eastern end.

stable is a building in which livestock, especially horses, are kept. It most commonly means a building that is divided into separate stalls for individual animals. There are many different types of stables in use today; the American-style barn, for instance, is a large barn with a door at each end and individual stalls inside or free-standing stables with top and bottom-opening doors. The term “stable” is also used to describe a group of animals kept by one owner, regardless of housing or location.

Can you solve the mystery of at Saint-Gaudens Historic Site?

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More than a century ago, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his assistants to sealed shut roughly two dozen sculpture molds. The molds were put into storage for safekeeping.

Since then, the molds have passed from the Saint-Gaudens family to the non-profit Saint-Gaudens Memorial to the National Park Service. They also survived a catastrophic studio fire in 1944. Through the years, the identities of many of these sealed molds had been lost. Until now.

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The National Park Service at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish and the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock?s medical center in Lebanon have developed a partnership to non-invasively peek at what these molds contain.

With computed tomography (CT) scanning, normally used for creating an image of the inside of a patient?s body without surgical intervention, radiologists were able to scan the open interior spaces of these molds and then extrapolate the negative space into a positive digital image of what these molds would have been used to cast.

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They also took the additional step of converting these CT scans into stereo lithography which have been used to 3-D print casts of these original Saint-Gaudens works.

One of the scanned mold, after processing was found to be a Saint-Gaudens work previously unknown to art history. Park staff would love public assistance in trying to identify this individual.

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Exploring the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire and Vermont

The Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont has a number of great attractions. Nothing earth shattering on their own, but add them up and they make a great array of interesting and fun natural areas and historic attractions from the many covered bridges including the longest one – the Cornish-Windsor bridge.

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In Hanover, New Hampshire you can find Dartmouth College and many fine restaurants and shops. Across the bridge there is Norwich with the Montshire Science Museum for the kids. Canoeing and Kayaking on the Connecticut River.

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Alpine skiing at the Dartmouth Skiway, Whaleback or Mount Sunapee. Nordic skiing in Hanover or at the Eastman Cross Country center in Grantham.

Over on the Vermont side there is Quechee for the Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Quechee Gorge natural feature, VINS Bird Center, antique mall, distiller, mini-golf, camping. In Woodstock you’ll find the The Woodstock Inn, Billings Farm & Museum, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and a charming villiage of shops and restaurants. A bit down the road is the Long Trail Brewing company.

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South of Woodstock you’ll find the birthplace of Vermont – Windsor with a museum of industry (American Precision Museum), a craft village including cheese shops, distillery, Simon Pierce glass blowers and pottery with demonstrations and the Harpoon Brewery.

Across the river is Cornish, NH with the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

All over the region are great hiking, kayaking, biking and canoeing opportunities as well as just drinking in some great rural country side with apple picking at orchards, fresh dairy, cheese, scenery and more.

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Photographic Trip to the Hersey Farms Historic District of Andover, New Hampshire

Old Abandoned Wooden Barn by Edward Fielding
The Hersey Farm Historic District represents two active farmsteads with outbuildings and landscapes that have changed little since the early 20th century.
In Andover, the Hersey Farm Historic District represents two active farmsteads with outbuildings and landscapes that have changed little since the early 20th century. Much of the land surrounding these farms has recently been protected with a conservation easement.

The Hersey Farms Historic District of Andover, New Hampshire, includes two farmsteads belonging to members of the Hersey family, located on the Franklin Highway (New Hampshire Route 11) in eastern Andover. The older of the two farms, the Guy Hersey Farm, was established c. 1850 by Hiram Fellows, and has been in the Hersey family since 1904. The adjacent James Hersey Farm was established in 1833 by Alfred Weare, and was acquired by Guy Hersey’s son James in 1945. The two farms encompass 325 acres (132 ha), and were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

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I found a variety of interesting compositions of the classic old weathered buildings including the outbuildings, barns, attached farm house.  All in all it is an amazing complex of preserved buildings that make up this once active farm.  In the back fields, cattle or beef cows still graze the fields from the neighboring farm.

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The Guy Hersey Farm, 1088 Franklin Highway, includes 57 acres (23 ha) of land, a c. 1830 farmhouse, and a number of barns and other outbuildings. Although the house predates the establishment of the farm by Hiram Fellows, physical and documentary evidence suggest it was moved to this site from another location. It began as a 1.5 story wood frame house with a side-gable roof. In the 1850s it was enlarged by raising the roof and adding a south wing. A barn dating to c. 1865-80 is connected to the house by a shed extension, and a second barn (c. 1917) is attached to the first. A third barn, dating to c. 1920 and moved to the site by Guy Hersey from another farm, forms an enclosed barnyard with the other two. The most interesting outbuilding is a c. 1890 structure that was initially used as a piggery, but was converted by Hersey into a smithy. Hersey’s property also includes the foundation remnants of an old schoolhouse.

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The farm that was established by Hiram Fellows was probably operated by his father Nathan on a subsistence basis. After several changes of ownership it was acquired by Hersey, who first had a dairy operation. When this became less economically viable, he used the farm to raise cattle, an operation that continues today

The New Old Red Farm Truck

Dodge Farm Truck

Driving along Etna Center Road with my son, I spot something new and great.  My son says “Dad, don’t go off the road!”.  I’m not I assure him, besides I don’t have my camera with me.

Don’t you love when something can still surprise you driving along an old familiar route?  There is an old farm in the town of Etna, basically a section of Hanover, New Hampshire which Dartmouth College resides, that have been a favorite subject of mine over the years.  I’ve photographed their chickens…

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…their old chicken coop…

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…their old John Deere tractor when its parked just right…

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…and their cows…

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But now after seven years of driving by this farm, there is something new to photograph – a cute old vintage red Dodge farm pickup truck parked in the pasture. I’m guessing it is a decorative piece as it seems stuck in a field of deep snow. Perhaps its a wind break for the cows. Maybe its working but is planned for use in the summer. Whatever the case I’ll photograph is long as it stays in such a great spot.

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Austin Corbin’s Covered Bridge

Corbin covered bridge was build over the Sugar River in Newport, New Hampshire to provide access to Austin Corbin II’s mansion just up the lane from the covered bridge.

Corbin Bridge
Corbin Bridge is a covered bridge in Newport, New Hampshire

Corbin was born in Newport in 1827 and attended a one-room schoolhouse. He put himself through Harvard Law School before heading to Iowa where he soon switched from law to more lucrative land speculation and banking.  Later he invested in railroads and made a fortune.

A self-made millionaire, and known as the “Father of the Banking Industry”, a robber baron of the gilded age, Corbin like many of his peers like to hunt and when his Long Island estate ran out of room for his collection of deer, elk, and antelope, Corbin decided to build his own wildlife preserve back in New Hampshire.

This was the industrial age when many New England farmers gave up their hard scrabble farms for a life of toil in the factories, farm land could be snatched up cheap and Corbin ended up buying two mountains full of property to house his private hunting grounds. By 1889 he had acquired between 265-373 deeds. The final cost of the land averaged $5 per acre. That same year, the preserve was registered with the State of New Hampshire as the Blue Mountain Forest Association, a limited membership proprietary hunting club.

Corbin Park American Bison or Buffalo herd
Corbin Park American Bison or Buffalo herd – Newport New Hampshire

The animals which would include deer, elk, wild boar and even a herd of American Bison (saved from the brink of extinction from over zealous buffalo hunters in the west) enclosed by a  36 miles long and 12 feet high, with three feet of underground fencing to keep the boar from tunneling out.  Keep in mind that this as a time of great deforesting of New England where just about every tree was chopped down to make why farms, sheep grazing, paper making and firewood.  Deer were nearly extinct in the region.  Hunting at this point was like the European model, only to be had in private reserves stocked by the wealthy landowners.  White tail deer, now common again in New Hampshire,  had to be imported from Canada.

The Corbin estate in Newport, NH
The Corbin estate in Newport, NH – After making his fortune, Corbin return to his boyhood home, ripped down the old place and built this modest little domicile and then proceeded to build his animal park.

Corbin Park is what the locals call it but the real name is Blue Mountain Forest Association and to this day it is a limited membership proprietary hunting club.   Officially it’s called the Blue Mountain Forest Association, but everybody who knows about it calls it Corbin Park.  It’s near the border with Vermont and it’s huge, though its exact size seems to be something of a mystery. Regardless, at somewhere between 24,000 and 26,000 acres this park is actually bigger than something like 60 percent of New Hampshire towns. Something to the order of 35 members pay big bucks to hunt exotic animals with in the parks 26 miles of chain link fence.

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Corbin’s bison herd in New Hampshire no less! Old postcard image.

The Corbin Covered Bridge is a wooden covered bridge over the North Branch of the Sugar River on Corbin Road, approximately 1 mile west of NH 10 in Newport in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States.

Corbin Covered Bridge Newport, New Hampshire
Corbin Covered Bridge Newport, New Hampshire
  • It is a Town lattice truss bridge
  • Originally built in 1845, destroyed by fire in 1993 and subsequently reconstructed
  • Consists of one span with a total length of 96 feet (29 m).
  • The total width of the bridge is 18 feet (5.5 m), and has a single lane road.
  • The bridge rests on stone abutments.
  • The bridge passes 12 feet (3.7 m) over the water. Its sides are sheathed, the usual means by which the truss elements are protected from the elements.
  • The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 but was removed when destroyed by fire.

 

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More information about Corbin can be found here:   http://eastmanliving.com/2011/11/corbin%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Canimal-garden%E2%80%9D/

Abandoned New Hampshire – Fine art photographs of the forgotten

Abandoned Factory in New Hampshire

Abandoned New Hampshire – All over New Hampshire are relics of the past. Forgotten and abandoned farm equipment, farms, house, barns, sugar shacks, outbuildings, outhouses, cars, cemeteries and sometimes even whole towns.

Left to decay and rot away. Sometimes its a new opportunity that causes people to leave it all behind. Other times is just the convenience, lack of zoning or the lack of the concept of a town landfill and recycling. Sometimes it is a death or a bankruptcy or a stock market downturn.

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View out the back porch – Redneck Landscaping

See the Abandoned Collection here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/abandoned

 

The Abandoned Garage Full of Old Cars

Old abandoned car dealership in Weare New Hampshire
Old abandoned car dealership in Weare New Hampshire – fine art photograph by Edward M. Fielding

This relic from the past sits in front of an old Ford dealership in Weare, New Hampshire.

“I’ve been told the building you see there was built in 1930 and replaced one that burned down. The business was started by Maurice Grant in 1919 in an old grist mill. Later Maurice’s brother Leon took over the business and Maurice went on to become the owner of State Motors in Manchester…it was called “South Weare Garage”, the first Ford dealership in New Hampshire; this dealership was chartered by Henry Ford himself, who visited Weare on more than one occasion.”

The Former Woolen Factory

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The former Hartford Woolen Mill in Newport, New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

This abandoned former woolen mill is now serving as a canvas for the local rural New Hampshire aspiring graffiti artists.

Currently a brownsfield site being monitored by NH Environmental Services.  The 3.8-acre site is the location of an abandoned 19th century woolen mill building approximately 12,000 square feet in size. Several wooden roof beams of the former mill building have rotted, and the building is in a general state of disrepair. The site was most recently owned by the late Christi Ambargis. Ambargis acquired title to the property from the Hartford Woolen Company in January 1960. Ambargis held title to the property until his death in 1996, at which time the property passed to his wife. She renounced and
relinquished any ownership of the property due to considerable tax liens levied against it for non-payment of taxes, and potential liability for the clean-up and remediation of environmental contamination. In 2000, a tax deed certified the town as the site owner.

Ambargis reportedly collected used oil from various sources and stored the material at the site for intended use in a fuel-blending project.

Abandoned Truck in New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding
Abandoned Truck in New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

Abandoned Train Bridge

Old Train Bridge Newport New Hampshire
Old Train Bridge Newport New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

When railroads go bankrupt, their track beds and bridges are usually forfeited and sit idle until the state decides that no new train is coming anytime soon and they are turned into multi-use trails for hiking, skiing, biking, ATVs and snowmobiling.

The old Concord to Claremont Line follows the Sugar River and has an impressive array of steel truss and wooden covered bridges along its section between Newport and Claremont.

The Concord and Claremont Railroad was an American railroad company during the mid-nineteenth century in New Hampshire spanning from Concord to Claremont.  Currently The Claremont and Concord Railroad now operates on a short line between Claremont Junction on the main line to Claremont. 9 miles (14 km) of the line between Claremont and Newport is now the Sugar River Recreational Rail Trail, owned and managed by the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.

Abandoned Farm Equipment

Abandoned farm equipment can be found all over New Hampshire, even in the middle of the woods with trees growing through them.  You look around at the forest and think, how the heck did this get here?  Yet in 40 or 50 years a cleared farm field can revert to forest erasing all traces of the farm save for the stone walls and rusty old farm equipment.

People salvage these old rusty plows and haying equipment for garden ornaments but it can be dangerous trying to pry some of this old stuff from the forest’s grip.  A few years back a guy trying to salvage some old equipment from the woods died.  He got cut in half when the equipment gave way  expectantly and his winch yanked part of a hay baler into his midsection.

Old Abandoned Tractor at Muster Field Farm
Old Abandoned Tractor at Muster Field Farm

Old barns, sheds, and sugar shacks are also commonly found all over rural New Hampshire.

Old Abandoned Shack by Edward M. Fielding
Old Abandoned Shack by Edward M. Fielding

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New Hampshire’s Sugar River Recreational Trail – Newport to Claremont

Old Train Bridge Newport New Hampshire

Sugar River – After moving from central Upper Valley to the Kearasge  Mountain region, just 15 minutes east on I89, a whole new region seems to have opened up to explore.  One of my finds has been the Sugar River Recreation trail which provides a great bike, snowmobile, hiking and ATV trail along an old railroad grade between the New Hampshire cities of Newport and Claremont.

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Last time I was there a team from the Library of Congress was on site documenting a historic steel truss bridge in Newport.  Unfortunately this typically means the bridge is in danger of being removed and indeed it had a bunch of safety cones on it.  The bridge in the above photo is in better shape and ran by the old Hartford Woolen Mill which is now in a state of total disarray and is currently a brownfield site being monitored for oil leakage as the last owner had been using it as a site to store used oil.

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The Sugar River Recreational Trail, this picturesque 9.8-mile path stretches from Newport to the southeastern edge of Claremont along the banks of the Sugar River. This video shows some of the best parts of the trail, bridge crossings over the Sugar River and some time lapse footage of the beautiful fall scenery along the trail.

To reach Claremont proper, you can seamlessly connect to the Bobby Woodman Rail Trail, which meets the Sugar River Trail at Washington Street and heads toward the center of the city.

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The trail has nearly a dozen other bridges, ranging from small wooden plank structures to steel truss bridges that span the Sugar River and its side streams. If the trail inspires you to see more of the region, finish your day by hiking, fishing, boating, camping or just relaxing in one of two nearby state parks. The beach at Mt. Sunapee State Park is a great place for a swim after you get off of the trail, and you can take rented kayaks and canoes for a spin on Lake Sunapee.

Sugar River Trail - A multi-use trail from Newport to Claremont.
Sugar River Trail – A multi-use trail from Newport to Claremont. A former rail road grade that crosses the Sugar River with steel truss and wooden covered bridges.

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New Release! Red Chairs by the Lake

Red Chairs by the Pond by Edward M. Fielding

Red Chairs – A new fine art print by Edward M. Fielding (www.edwardfielding.com) is now available as a canvas print (shown above), museum quality prints, framed and matted in custom sizes and frame choices (100s available) as well as metal, wood, acrylic prints and on products.  Click here to order your print of Red Chairs

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Perfect decor for your lake house, shot in New Hampshire but this relaxing image of two red chairs out by the lake is perfect for any lakeside home or simply for dreaming about sitting by the lake on a warm fall afternoon.

Anderson Pond is a small fifteen acre kettle pond within the residential development of Eastman in Grantham,Springfield and Enfield, New Hampshire. Eutrophic in
nature (fertile with abundant nutrients for plant production),
is becoming a little shallower as each year goes by. As silt builds
up on the bottom, a succession of plant life occurs called a
hydrosphere. What we see now are various water lilies and
pondweeds. As the water becomes even more shallow, reeds will
develop.

Spring brings a plethora of frog song from spring peepers,
bullfrogs, green frogs, leopard frogs and American toads. On
warmer days, painted and snapping turtles may be seen sunning
on the logs or a family of mergansers or mallards might occupy
the pond, sometimes joined by the great blue heron strutting
the shores on the lookout for fish.
Several species of fish inhabit the pond: perch, large and small
mouth bass and even a northern pike or two.

– excerpts from an article about Anderson Pond by Craig McArt and Renée Gustafson