“Old Home Crawford” Farm
The Old Home Crawford Farm is known by photographers as the Guildhall grist mill.
*Note* This is a trip for the last week in Sept to the first day or two of Oct. Stay up with my fall foliage reports to see what the fall foliage is doing to know the better days.
On the Vermont, New Hampshire border is a beautiful little grist mill. It’s well up into the northern edge of the White Mountains so plan for a long day of travel if you are driving from Massachusetts or points further away.
Getting there, Guildhall VT.
I traveled up into the White Mountains on Route 93 and then I got off 93 in Littleton and traveled on 116 to Lancaster and then up 3 or you could go up 102 which parallels 3 for a short distance.
The Guildhall grist mill is just off Route 102 on Granby road. Now Granby rd is between Lancaster in the south and Northumberland to the north.
You turn west onto Granby road. At the corner, there is a small plaque buried in the weeds that talks about the family farm where it’s located. A little way past the corner you will see a small pond on your right.
The Gristmill is on private property but there is enough room by the road to pull over and be out of the way. I hope you will enjoy the view from the split rail fence and I would suggest backing up enough to include the old wooden fence in your shot as a compositional part of the shot.
A chance to give back
Depending on when you visit you may have an opportunity to give back to a local farmer. Once you are leaving you will travel up the road and to turn around you will have to turn into a driveway a short way up the road. If you are lucky they will have their farm stand up and running. When I went by there was a cash box out and honesty was the hope for the day.
Not done yet?
You could continue up the road and through the hills. I found several streams with small rapids So if you brought your knee-high boots you can wander out into the stream and set your tripod up for some slow exposures.
This Granby road is also a great road to travel to East Burke Vermont. I found several places along this route that will provide those nice dirt roads surrounded by fall colors.
Also, there is a garage along the way that is covered entirely with license plates. Many of the plates used to be on the owners, father blacksmith shop in Granby but now he has them and many more on his garage.
I think this would be a great stop because you just never know what you will find on the back roads on New England. Here is a map of its location.
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