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, […]

The Historical Society is Looking for Identification of Mystery Object

By Larry Chase Andover Historical Society
The Historical Society is Looking for Identification of Mystery Object

What the heck is this, and what was it used for?  It’s about three feet long, one foot maximum width, strong wooden frame with iron straps on the ends, old canvas pieces hand-stitched on wide rawhide, 24-inch-long chains on each end. Previous owner unknown. If you know its purpose, please contact the Andover Historical Society, […]

Valley Road – An Early Driftway in East Andover

Another East Andover road history article

By Ed Hiller

Note:  This is the second companion article to the extensive set of articles on East Andover road history written and published by Rita Norander. Valley Road in East Andover was laid out in 1788 as a private driftway to provide a route to drive livestock to the upland pastures on Tucker Mountain. In 1821, the […]

Restoration of the Granite Mileposts on the Northern Railroad Line

The Northern Railroad became the Rail Trail in 1992

By Ed Hiller
Restoration of the Granite Mileposts on the Northern Railroad Line

The Northern Railroad, constructed in 1847-48, extends 70 miles from Concord, New Hampshire to White River Junction, Vermont.  It was acquired by the Boston & Maine Railroad in 1887.  The last scheduled passenger train on this line was in January 1965, and the last freight train was in May 1982. In 1992 the use of […]

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