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Marking Time

Marking Time: Roadside Markers in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, Part 2

Continuing our explorations in the Lakes Region, we headed to Rochester.  In addition to seeing all the roadside historical markers, we were also taking part in the Five Hikes Challenge sponsored by the  Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. One of the hikes was in Champlin Forest in Rochester. It was nice to take a peaceful walk in the woods, followed by a socially distanced visit with friends, in between drives to markers. READ MORE

Marking Time

Marking Time: Exploring roadside markers on New Hampshire’s Seacoast

My husband and I are both New Hampshire natives but as we traveled throughout the state we continued to be amazed by how much we didn’t know. From the sign in Newmarket we learned that Wentworth Cheswill (1746-1817) was “among Newmarket’s best-educated and most prosperous citizens.” He is considered the first African-American citizen elected to public office in America; his grandfather was the first African-American  to have owned land in New Hampshire. We discovered so many examples of New Hampshire citizens who were the first to do something; of bridges that were unique; of historic events that took place here. At the end of each day trip, we found ourselves anxious to learn more. READ MORE