Allenstown in Merrimack County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
Robert Frost in Allenstown / Buck Street Mills
Robert Frost in Allentown
In the summer of 1896, aspiring poet Robert Frost (1874-1963) and his wife Elinor spent a belated honeymoon in a rented cottage near the Suncook River in Allenstown. Carl Burell, a high school friend and avid naturalist, was foreman at the Moulton box shop at Buck Street dam. Botany walks with Burell awakened Frost to the natural world, coloring his later writings. Frost recalled these walks in "The Quest of the Orchis" (1901). Burell's 1896 injury in a mill accident inspired Frost's poem, "The Self-Seeker."
Buck Street Mills
A bridge was built at "Buck Street,” by the 1750s. Natural falls were dammed to power saw and grist mills before 1767. The 19th c. added a water powered fulling mill for cleansing wool cloth by 1813, a bedstead shop by 1845, a spoke shop in the 1850s and twine mills. By the 1890s, the dams powered Charles Fisher's axe handle factory and Reuben C. Moulton's box and trunk shop. Then Known as East Pembroke, the area had a post office, store, blacksmith shop, houses and workers' tenements.
Erected 2012 by NH Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources - Div. of Historical Resources. (Marker Number 0230.)
Location. 43° 9.526′ N, 71° Touch for map. Heading south, the marker is just north of Brookside Terrace on the right and Deerfield Road (Large directional sign for Bear Brook State Park) on the left. Marker is in this post office area: Suncook NH 03275, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George M. Lamiette Square (approx. 3 miles away); Suncook Village (approx. 3 miles away); Pembroke Street / Watering Trough (approx. 3.2 miles away); 1790 Milestone (approx. 4.8 miles away); Major Andrew McClary (approx. 5.7 miles away); Andrew Jackson’s Visit (approx. 6.2 miles away); On This Spot Stood the First Congregational Church (approx. 6˝ miles away); Site of Rumford Garrison No. 6 (approx. 6.6 miles away).
More about this marker. The Suncook River and the site of the Buck Street dam mentioned on the marker are a stone's throw to the west of the marker.
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2019, by Douglas Finney of Concord, New Hampshire, USA. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 7, 2019, by Douglas Finney of Concord, New Hampshire, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.