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In 1826, while local Congregationalists were eracting their church on the south side of Main Street, Samuel Thom built his house on the highest point in Conway Village. Off the corner of his front yard, he also built a store, and over the years he invested heavily in his neighborhood. In 185…

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LOVELL, Maine — The Lovell Historical Society, located at 551 Main St. on the corner of Route 5 and 5a, will be unveiling a new exhibit featuring unidentified photos from the society’s collection on Saturday, Dec. 11.

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The Then & Now of a fortnight ago depicted the heart of the now-vanished village of Brownfield Center. The old postcard shown here was photographed from about the same spot, by the same photographer, and perhaps on the same day, by simply turning his lens in the opposite direction. The v…

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With immigrant families pouring into town to work in the mills, and a new state law forcing the entire town to bear the cost of any new schools within its boundaries, Conway Village built a new grammar school in 1886. It was erected on Main Street beside the village church. For a quarter-cen…

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The idea of making money from a lodging place overlooking the intervale and Mount Washington is hardly new. One building that has enjoyed that view for about 235 years has provided its owners for most of that time with income from renting rooms to people who want to enjoy it with their morni…

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The first bridge Conway voters authorized over the Swift River was built in 1793. It probably wasn’t in this particular spot, and it was low enough that floods frequently damaged it until voters approved a completely new bridge in 1834. That one washed away altogether. In 1869 Jacob Berry bu…

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As in many other backwoods communities, the struggling farmers in the town of Adams, N.H., gravitated toward low-church religious denominations. Like their counterparts in the bony hills of South Conway and Eaton, where flat land was not to be found and soil lay thin between the rocks, the F…

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The scene depicted by the antique postcard here is easy to locate, given a little familiarity with Fryeburg history. The date is more difficult to estimate, but with allowance for a little speculation it might be narrowed down considerably

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There is still a town road in Conway called Old Goshen Road, but it’s just a development road that some think was part of the original route from Center Conway to the heart of South Conway. I remember it as a mere logging road.

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With the opening of the Mount Washington Stage Road in 1861, North Conway and Jackson began sprouting new lodging establishments. Jackson already had the Jackson Falls House and the Forest Vale House, but a third hostelry opened up on the other side of the Ellis River, right beside the narro…

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One of the Indian trails that served Conway settlers as an early roadway ran from Fryeburg, Maine, through Conway Center. Half a mile past that village, the trail veered across a ford in the Saco River near a cabin inhabited by John Dolloff, then climbed the hill past Conway’s first meetingh…

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In the era before automobiles dominated life and landscape, the location of the U.S. Post Office usually identified the center of any town, and sometimes it decided where the center of town would gravitate. That was the case in Berlin, and sometime around 1908 someone snapped a photo of Post…

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In the 1850s, the proprietors of the Grand Trunk Railway helped to engineer a new boom in White Mountain tourism, prompting regional speculators to built grand hotels on both sides of Pinkham Notch, from Conway Village to Gorham.