Stone tower on route 2 in New Hampshire
Don’t you just love it when you’re driving along and you look up and somebody has built something that makes you just go Hmmmm? Well this is one of those things, a stone tower on the side of route 2 which is New Hampshire’s presidential highway. (and no signs or identification to figure out what it is)
In Jefferson New Hampshire and about halfway between Lancaster and Gorham you will find yourself in some really pretty countryside. Route 2 is a simple two-lane road that meanders its way south of Mount Waumbek and Jericho Mountain State Park.To the South you have Mt. Washington in the White Mountains as route to cut this way between the two areas.
If you use a GPS coördinates are: 44°22’17” N 71°24’27” W. If you prefer a map find Lancaster New Hampshire and travel east on Route 2 until you see Route 115. Just East of that on the south side of 2 you will find Carter’s stone tower.
James Richard Carter who back in the late 1800s was a paper company mogul, build a vacation estate up in Jefferson New Hampshire (he also built an estate in Jackson New Hampshire).
The 1800’s was when the rich started to build vacation homes and venues like the Bretton Woods and Mt. Washington hotels for the well-to-do to get away from the city during the hot summer’s. After finishing the house and grounds he is reported to have built this rock tower which he may have called “Carter’s tower of foolishness”.
The building that is still standing today has a series of inside stairs to the top of the tower where panoramic view of the surrounding country can be seen. Apparently there may have been a practical application for this tower. A railroad line was nearby and since in those days trains were fired by coal sparks and fires were a common occurrence along train lines.So the tower may have been for a fire watch to protect the nearby estate.
Next week I’m going to explore right in the neighborhood of Carter’s tower so that you can see so much more is in this area to explore. (two churches, lots of pews and no waiting).
also it’s only a short drive over to 93 and down to Franconia Notch and by following this link you can explore the wonderful sites in Franconia Notch State Park.
Have a great fall foliage day!
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