Cart Roads and Wagon Paths Connect a Community

Cart Roads and Wagon Paths Connect a Community (HM26SS)

Location: Albany, NH 03818 Carroll County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 0.339', W 71° 14.469'

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Today a trip to town takes minutes.
For homesteaders, traveling the bumpy 15 miles to Conway by wagon took 3 hours, on a good day.

Trips to the store would not have been casual affairs, but a chance to stock up on supplies.
50 lb. sacks of grain or seed, cloth to sew clothes for the who family, a rare chance to send and receive mail.

The stagecoach connection

The stage was the link with the outside world.
The driver brought these isolated hill farmers newspapers, made purchases for farmers in town, even did their banking.

Families could avoid the 3 hour shopping trip to Conway after Amzi and Eliza Russell began selling supplies at their farm.

Tourists also used the stage to reach the Valley until the 1920s.

The men who drove the stages

They were colorful characters, usually men who also owned a farm or an inn. Jim Shackford, owner of Shackford's Passaconaway House Inn, was typical - a good storyteller, a skilled driver, and able to quickly fix a wheel broken by the rutted road or a frost-heaved stone.

The road remains, the community fades away
As this 1892 map shows, this road was once lined with farms.
Today you can still find clues to the past such as old cellar holes cemeteries, old hotel sites, and stonewalls

scattered about the Forest.
How many traces of the vanished farm landscape can you spot during your stay?
HM NumberHM26SS
Placed ByForest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 320333 N 4874942
Decimal Degrees44.00565000, -71.24115000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 0.339', W 71° 14.469'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 0' 20.34" N, 71° 14' 28.14" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)603
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2055 Passaconaway Rd, Albany NH 03818, US
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