A cloudy afternoon in Harrisville New Hampshire.


First known as Twitchell’s Mills, a combination sawmill and gristmill was built here in 1774. Harrisville township was formed in 1870 from lands ceded by Marlborough, Dublin, Hancock, Nelson, and Roxbury. The Manchester & Keene Railroad opened in 1878, helping it prosper as a textile mill town. It was named for Milan Harris, whose stone and brick Cheshire Mills operated until 1970, but look virtually unchanged since the mid-19th century.

Today, the Cheshire Mills are protected as part of the Harrisville Historic District, a National Historic Landmark which includes the center of town. With its red brick buildings and mills reflected in Harrisville Pond and canal, the village is frequently photographed as an iconic example of picturesque old New England. The Harrisville Rural District includes the southern part of the town near the Dublin border.

Summer afternoon at the Blow-Me-Down Mill in Cornish New Hampshire

With the help of George Fletcher Babb, another architect associated with McKim, Mead & White, he built a gristmill, hiring Benjamin Small of Plainfield as miller. The turbines, purchased from John Tyler in nearby Claremont, were augmented in 1892 by Ernest English of Hartland, Vermont, with a dynamo in the mill and motor in the Beaman barn, producing electricity for the house, casino, and barn.

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle New Hampshire

The only lighthouse on the mainland of New Hampshire, Portsmouth Harbor Light (also known as Fort Point Light, New Castle Light, and Fort Constitution Light) was constructed in 1877 on the grounds of Fort Constitution, a Revolutionary War fortification.