The Old Man’s Little Brother: a Rock Profile in Milton, New Hampshire

"The Old Man's Little Brother," located on Branch Hill, Milton NH. Found in book: Barefoot Days and Sundown Songs, by Raymond Hughes, illustrated with photographs by W.R. Spinney, Concord NH 1922.

“The Old Man’s Little Brother,” from Barefoot Days and Sundown Songs, by Raymond Huse, illustrated with photographs by W.R. Spinney, Concord NH 1922. Internet Archive.

New Hampshire’s Old Man may have fallen, but his younger brother still smiles upon the land. He has kept a lower, more reclusive profile. He was never keen on having people stare at him all day.

He sits in a quiet, wooded location on Branch Hill in Milton, NH.  The road used to be a busy stagecoach route, but with the advent of the railroad and the straightening of highways, it is now lonely. The profile is famous only to the local residents who put a photograph of “Sonny Jim,” as THEY call him, on the cover of their 2014 Town Report.

I am told that he is visible from the road — Branch Hill Road — about 100 feet from the turnoff at Applebee Road.  Once on Branch Hill Road, look for the “Land Share” sign, and just beyond it, on the left-hand side, you will see the profile from the road. Continue reading