Highland Lake Grange Was Built to Provide Secondary Education

Formerly known as the "Highland Lake Institute"

By Susan Norris

NB: Most of the quotations in this article come from Ralph Chaffee’s monograph about this building; some are from the school catalog. Anyone who drives through East Andover notes the white church on the hill and may even know that the quaint, white building next door was the Highland Lake Grange. What one may not […]

Rita Norander Remembers Her Father on Armistice Day

Benne LaPlante served in World War I

By Rita Norander
Rita Norander Remembers Her Father on Armistice Day

Each year on Armistice Day, I am especially reminded of my father, Benne LaPlante, and his service to our country during World War I.  (The name Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, so as to honor all veterans who fought in US wars.) When the United States entered World War I in […]

Great-Grandson Writes About the Life of Harold John Huntoon

Family has ties to Andover

By Sean Lecuyer
Great-Grandson Writes About the Life of Harold John Huntoon

Author’s note: Given a choice of writing an autobiography/self reflection essay or a biography for my nonfiction class, I decided I wanted to write about someone else other than myself. I chose my great grandfather, because I knew it would mean a lot to my family, and with being in contact with my aunt Donna […]

Frost Homestead Comes Full Circle Back to a Frost

Home changed hands many times

By Beth Frost
Frost Homestead Comes Full Circle Back to a Frost

This is an update of the article originally written for the Beacon by Tim Frost in October 2012 and reprinted in last month’s issue. Nebessek is an Indian word meaning  “near the little lake.”  The home on Highland Lake that bears the name Nebessek  was where Atherton and Eula Frost raised their three children, Margie, […]

Local Hikers Discover Deserted Pyroligneous Acid Factory

Research uncovers history of an Andover "trail treasure"

By Sooze Hodgson
Local Hikers Discover Deserted Pyroligneous Acid Factory

In mid-October 2020, while out on Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway (SRKG) Trail 10, Anne Hewitt and I decided to detour south towards West Salisbury on the Kearsarge Mountain Road (also known as the Old Lead Mine Road).  After about three miles we came upon this huge stone wall structure in the woods on the west side of […]

Tucker Mountain Road History Provides Background on Landmarks

Home to former scenic view "The Birches"

By Ed Hiller
Tucker Mountain Road History Provides Background on Landmarks

Note: This is a third companion article to the extensive set of articles on East Andover road history written by Rita Norander. In 1788 the Andover Selectmen formally laid out a road two rods (33 feet) wide in East Andover village heading north on the line between lots 33 and 35 in the third range […]

Black Heritage Trail Makes Andover Its Latest Stop

Recognizes home of Winslow Eaves and Richard Potter

Press release
Black Heritage Trail Makes Andover Its Latest Stop

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (BHTNH) announced today further expansion of the Trail into Andover, sparked by a gift of a sculpture of legendary contralto Marian Anderson (1897-1993). Created by the renowned Andover sculptor Winslow Eaves (1922-2003), the sculpture will now become part of BHTNH’s permanent collection and will be on display at […]

Flangers Helped Keep Trains on the Rails in Snow

But they could damage switches and crossings

By Ed Hiller
Flangers Helped Keep Trains on the Rails in Snow

Ice and snow buildup between the rails of a railroad track can cause derailment by causing the flanges on the locomotive and railroad car wheels to ride up and over the rail. Special plow attachments, called flangers, are attached to the snow plow to clear away the ice and snow from that area. To do […]

15 Whistle Posts Have Been Restored Along the Rail Trail

Warned engineers to sound the whistle

By Ed Hiller
15 Whistle Posts Have Been Restored Along the Rail Trail

Whistle posts were positioned at approaches to grade crossing intersections to order the locomotive engineer to sound his whistle as a warning. These posts were positioned one quarter mile before the crossings and on the right side of the track to be visible to the engineer. At a typical speed of 30 miles per hour, […]

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