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Franconia in Grafton County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

A Bit of History

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, August 14, 2014
1. A Bit of History Marker
Inscription.
The land you see as you stand here all lies within the township of Lincoln, granted on January 31, 1764 to James Avery and others and named after Henry Clinton, ninth Earl of Lincoln. The original grant contained 32,456 acres. Settlers did not begin to arrive until after the American Revolution. The Gazetteer of New Hampshire published in 1856 had this to say about the grant. "Many portions of the town seem to have been designed by Nature as a residence for creatures of habits different from those of men."

About a mile south of this spot David Guernsey one of the first settlers built a blockhouse, a two story affair with the second story projecting 8 feet over the first. In 1812 settlers were able to defend themselves in this building during an Indian attack. In 1892 when the blockhouse was torn down arrowheads were found in the logs.

One half mile to the north of here once stood Knights Tavern, built in 1846 and open to travelers for several years. Near the same location in 1848 the first Flume House was built where visitors could eat and sleep for $1.50 per day. Across the road stood a small white chapel built in 1853. In 1871 the Flume House and Chapel burned. The hotel was rebuilt in 1872. For many years the Flume Houses attended to the needs of thousands of visitors who came by stagecoach and wagon to see the wonders

A Bit of History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, August 14, 2014
2. A Bit of History Marker
of the Flume. The second Flume House burned to the ground in June of 1918 and was never rebuilt.
 
Location. 44° 5.827′ N, 71° 40.844′ W. Marker is in Franconia, New Hampshire, in Grafton County. Marker is on U.S. 3. Touch for map. Marker is in Franconia Notch State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Franconia NH 03580, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Franconia Notch State Park (a few steps from this marker); Eastern Brook Trout (a few steps from this marker); The Flume (within shouting distance of this marker); Franconia Range (within shouting distance of this marker); Betty and Barney Hill Incident (approx. 0.8 miles away); Clark's Bridge (approx. 3.2 miles away); Quinten E. Mulleavey (approx. 3.2 miles away); Borasaurus (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franconia.
 
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Franconia Notch Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, August 14, 2014
3. Franconia Notch Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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