The wind whistled mournfully around the hotel as the story was being told, and the
Monument to Lizzie Bourne on Mt. Washington, pre-1900
hearers involuntarily clustered nearer one another and waited the next gloomy reminiscence. It came from an elderly gentleman who wouldn’t vouch for its truthfulness, but who was ready to swear that the friend who told it to him was an eye-witness and could be relied upon always. Continue reading
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Tagged death, ghost, haunted, monument, Mount, mountain, Mt, New Hampshire, NH, snow, snowstorm, storm, story, tale, Tip Top House, Washington
The Daily Herald newspaper of Provo Utah printed an interesting blurb on 19 February 1954:
BOSCAWEN, N.H. (UP) — James Lee, chief state research biologist, asked to identify a bird shot by a hunter, replied: “It’s a coot, a distinct species It’s tame and, when cooked, tasted like an old rubber boot.”
Not being a bird-watcher, I became curious about exactly what a coot was. I’d heard my grandfather use the term in a different way, i.e.,”Oh, he is just an old coot, don’t pay attention to him!” Continue reading
1981 stock photograph of Richard Backus.
Richard Clark Backus, was the son of a physician, born in the small town of Goffstown, New Hampshire. He attended local Goffstown schools, graduating from Goffstown High School in 1963. Wikipedia reports that he attended Harvard University. The “Soap Opera Book: Who’s Who in Daytime Drama (1992) includes this description: Height 5’9-1/2, brown eyes, brown hair; Education: Harvard College B.A.; Interests: theater, writing ; Awards: Critic’s Poll Award, Theatre World Award…” [Editor's Note, a 1992 interviewer erroneously states he is a Yale grad, go figure]. Continue reading
In this postcard being called “The Old Homestead Inn,” Boscawen NH, was first known as Carter’s Tavern, later the The Kettle & Crane
Taverns, inns, and houses of entertainment were an integral part of early colonial America society. They were not only a resting place for travelers, but also an important gathering place where local and national news could be gained and shared. Whether you traveled on foot, horseback, by oxen-drawn cart or later by horse-drawn stagecoach, the sign of an inn was often a welcome sight for the weary or thirsty. Licenses to provide liquor were purchased of the town by the inn owners. Mail packets were left at these places to be picked up at a later date by the intended recipient.
These essential stopping-off places dotted the trails, post roads, toll-roads, turnpikes and highways of New Hampshire. Stage-coach routes developed, with Boscawen being one of the important locations for those traveling both south-north and west-east within the state. The advent of the railroad rang the death knoll for many of these small hostels. Continue reading
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Tagged Boscawen, Carters Tavern, Crane, hospitality, inn, Kettle, Kettle and Crane, NH, tavern, Winthrop Carter