Author Archives: Janice Brown

New Hampshire Tidbits: Newport’s Elephant Rock and Pike Hill

Elephant Rock in Newport, Sullivan County, New Hampshire is described as a large boulder 35 feet high which is almost a perfect image of a kneeling elephant. It is located on Pike Hill.  It is still a popular curiosity of … Continue reading

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He Kept New Hampshire Beds Warm: Concord’s Louis F. Gillette (1857-1937)

In the early twentieth century most New Hampshire homes did not have central heating, and warming pans were in common use. These devices warmed up the sheets, and also kept the bed warm at least for a few hours, especially … Continue reading

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Faces of the BEAN Family of Brentwood, Deerfield and Derry New Hampshire

The BEAN family arrived early in the colony of New Hampshire. They came from Scotland and made Exeter their home. This story is not an attempt to trace all of the Bean progeny, just that of one John Lyford Bean … Continue reading

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Concord New Hampshire’s Famed Spiritualist, Medium and Clairvoyant: Sophia (Bradley) Woods Craddock (1837-1909)

This story about Mrs. Sophia (Bradley) Craddock (or her preferred “S.B. Craddock”) started with my purchase of a photograph. Shown here to the left, it was taken in Maurice S. Lamprey’s Washington Square studio in Fisherville, New Hampshire. I can’t … Continue reading

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2017 — New Hampshire’s Hourglass Has Turned

The hourglass has turned; the last few sands That marked the Old Year now have slipped away, And in his outstretched hand the New Year holds The future of a twelvemonth’s span. Then hail New Year! We bid thee welcome. … Continue reading

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