North Country Nomenclature

North Country nomenclature is a mix of history, legend and imagination. It’s an anchor to way things were and perceived a few centuries ago. It’s part of the character of the land.

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From Landaff to LA

  LISBON, NH – Who knows what the future would have held for Harry Chandler were it not for a college dare and a vat of starch. Maybe he would have found another reason to leave New Hampshire and head west to southern California. Chandler’s future was set when, as a Dartmouth College student, he…

It Was Like Old Home Day …

   FRANCONIA July 2, 2011     Today was the annual Franconia-Easton-Sugar Hill Old Home Day, continuing a century old tradition of New Hampshire towns calling back to their communities those who left, for whatever reason, to rekindle friendships and maybe, just maybe, draw them back. A photographer friend of mine, always looking for a new…

Former Paperboy Grows Up; Receives Boston Post Cane

   BETHLEHEM – More than 80 years after delivering the old Boston Post newspaper, Richmond Trainor took delivery of the Boston Post cane Saturday morning, receiving the tribute established by the paper to honor a long life. Trainor, 95, has waited a couple of years for this honor; he missed being feted as the town’s…

Awaiting the End of the World

(First published in 1997) SUGAR HILL In the midst of a hard-scrabble life, followers of a Vermont man more than a century ago patiently awaited the end of the world. The man was William Miller – army captain, deputy sheriff, farmer, prophet. His followers, called Millerites, numbered in the thousands and believed with him that…

The Old Man Rocks On

Reprinted from the May 9, 2003 edition of The Union Leader on the occasion of the 8th anniversary of the fall of the Old Man of the Mountain.     FRANCONIA – The man had waited until Monday to come down from Littleton to Franconia Notch, partly to avoid the crowd of the curious on Sunday…