Matthew Harvey bought the land that would become his farm in July of 1774. The 250-acre parcel that encompasses the Museum site now includes the 1787 Matthew Harvey Homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, vegetable and flower gardens, orchards, conserved woodland overseen by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, a collection of historic buildings dating from 1793 to 1910, and scenic tableland on which musters were held for citizen-soldiers from Sutton and surrounding towns from the late 1700s until 1851.
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Dixville Notch is an unincorporated area in Dixville township of Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. The population of the township, all of whom live in Dixville Notch, was 12 at the 2010 census. The village is known for being one of the first places to declare its results during United States presidential elections and the New Hampshire primary. It is located in the far north of the state, approximately 20 miles (30 km) from Canada.
The village is named for the Dixville Notch mountain pass (or "notch," in White Mountains terminology) about 0.5 miles (800 m) southeast of and 100 feet (30 m) uphill from it, that lies between Dixville Peak and Sanguinary Mountain, and separates the Connecticut River's watershed from that of the Androscoggin. The village, situated at about 1,800 feet (550 m) above sea level at the base of dramatic mountains, is the location of The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel; one of a handful of surviving New Hampshire grand hotels, it is situated on a 15,000-acre (61 km2) plot, accommodating golfing in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Dixville Notch is best known in connection with its longstanding middle-of-the-night vote in the U.S. presidential election, including during the New Hampshire primary (the first primary election in the U.S. presidential nomination process). In a tradition that started in the 1960 election, all the eligible voters in Dixville Notch gather at midnight in the ballroom of The Balsams. The voters cast their ballots and the polls officially are closed one minute later. The results of the Dixville Notch vote in both the New Hampshire primary and the general election are traditionally broadcast around the country immediately afterwards.
For a change, I was in the right place at the right time. After a passing thunderstorm in Burlington, I went down to the fishing pier/boat house to see if their would be something worth shooting. I was pleasantly surprised at how these turned out.
In 1857 the light was upgraded to a fourth-order Fresnel lens. The original 30 feet (9.1 m) tower was replaced by a Victorian style limestone (masonry) dwelling, with a 44 feet (13 m) high light tower in the gable, in 1868. The Fresnel lens from 1857 was moved into the new structure and with a focal plane 51 feet (16 m) above water it was visible for more than 12 miles (19 km). The lighthouse is of the same design as lighthouses at Great Captain Island and Morgan Point in Connecticut; Old Field Point Light and Plum Island in New York; and Block Island North in Rhode Island.
Greens Ledge Light was built to the west of Sheffield in 1900 and was better located to warn ships of the rocks and shoals on the approach to Sheffield Island harbor and Norwalk harbor. Sheffield Island Light was then deactivated in 1902. In 1987 the 118 year old structure was purchased by the Norwalk Seaport Association for renovation and restoration. In 1989 the lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1993 an electric generator was added to the structure. In the fall of that year, a great storm flooded the basement of the building and artifacts were lost or destroyed. In 2002 the Seaport association started ferry service to the island, which is still running. In October 2011 the lighthouse was re-lit by a solar powered system installed to replace the gasoline generator system. The beacon is focused only on the Norwalk side and is not intended for use as navigation.
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Charles Beaman: A New York attorney, Beaman purchased Blow-Me-Down Farm in 1882, and encouraged Saint-Gaudens and other artists to summer in the area, leading to formation of the “Cornish Colony.”
Blow-Me-Down Mill: This mill ground grain for the community and also generated electricity for Blow-Me-Down Farm. It was built in 1891 by Charles Beaman, friend of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens whose home is just up the road.
When the mill closed in 1910, it was the last working grist mill in the area. IN 1984, the mill, pond, and hillside became part of Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.
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