Park Hill Meetinghouse in Westmoreland, New Hampshire.

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The Park Hill Meetinghouse is a historic meeting house on Park Hill in Westmoreland, New Hampshire. The two story timber frame building was built in 1764, but has been moved twice and extensively altered. It was originally built without a steeple, and was moved once in 1779 and again in 1824 to its present location. At the time of the second move, the main chamber was enlarged, and the tower and portico were added, based on the designs of Elias Carter used in other area meeting houses. In 1853 its exterior was restyled in the popular Greek Revival style.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It is now owned by the Westmoreland Park Hill Meetinghouse and Historical Society.

One of my all time favorite places…

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Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway New Hampshire… Conveniently, right next to a Ben&Jerry’s. The owner of the Ben&Jerry’s is a really nice guy…

Returning from a run down the Valley Line.

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Conway Scenic Railroad GP7, 573, returns from a trip down the Valley.
Ex-Maine Central unit acquired from Guilford Rail System. Typically referred to as “Mr. Miller’s Engine”, 573 was the preferred power for the Maine Central business train by the president of the Maine Central Railroad, E. Spencer Miller. 573 led the last business train through Crawford Notch (St. Johnsbury to Portland) shortly before Guilford closed the line in 1984. When Guilford acquired the Delaware and Hudson Railway in 1984, 573 became Delaware & Hudson 573. In 1988 when Guilford sold the D&H, they kept 573 and assigned it to Springfield Terminal and renumbered it 27. 573’s first season at the Conway Scenic (1996) was operated as number 27. Today 573 is the typical motive power for Valley Train excursions.

A summer day at the Blow-Me-Down Mill in Cornish New Hampshire.

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Blow-Me-Down Farm was owned by Charles Beaman, an attorney from New York City.

It was Charles Beaman who in 1885, convinced Augustus Saint-Gaudens to summer in Cornish that year. Beaman rented Saint-Gaudens an old Federal-Style house on the Hill opposite the farm. Saint-Gaudens’ arrival in Cornish sparked the beginning of the Cornish Art Colony.

The Blow-Me-Down Farm is owned by the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, a non-profit organization founded in 1919. The Saint-Gaudens Memorial is now looking for proposals by organizations and individuals for possible uses of the property.