Woods of the Past #3 – Ethan Allen Crawford

Image of The Rosebrook Farm courtesy of WhiteMountainHistory.org and Dartmouth College Library. Ethan Allen Crawford, known as the “Mountain Giant”, is the stuff legends are made of. He is one of my favorite woodsman for many reasons. As a young boy, he and the rest of his family, were among the first homesteaders in Crawford … Continue reading Woods of the Past #3 – Ethan Allen Crawford

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Woods of the Past #2 – Rev. William Blaxton, a New England Pioneer

In my last post I mentioned the founder of Providence, Roger Williams. However he was not the first European to settle in Rhode Island.  That title belongs to Rev. William Blaxton. William Blaxton was an Anglican Priest who was frustrated with the established Church of England. This resulted in him leaving England and serving as … Continue reading Woods of the Past #2 – Rev. William Blaxton, a New England Pioneer

Woods of the Past #1 – Intro

Many people think of pre-colonial New England as an “untouched” wilderness; however the various Native American people who lived here were excellent farmers and land managers. Primary sources tell us, when the first Europeans began to arrive, they found acres upon acres of land cleared for agricultural purposes and paths through the woods, which were routinely … Continue reading Woods of the Past #1 – Intro

Fall Foliage Camping Trip – The Willey’s – Part 1

As we drove south through the notch, heavy rain and dime sized hail were pounding the exterior of the jeep. Visibility was down to almost nothing but to my right, I could still see the historic marker where the Willey house used to stand. I remember visiting the area in my childhood and learning about … Continue reading Fall Foliage Camping Trip – The Willey’s – Part 1