Exploring Mad Tom’s Notch
I don’t know about all of you but when I go through the Gazetteer and I read the different road names, I look for things like this. Mad Toms Notch… Come on, you all are wondering, aren’t you? First…
- Who is this Tom?
- and why the heck is he mad?
- Was he angry?
- Or was he as mad as the hatter in Alice in Wonderland?
Before I get you all excited by these interesting questions. I did find Mad Tom’s Notch But I never found out WHY he was mad? Was it was anger management issues or did he wear strange hats on his head.
We never did find this out for sure. BUT! As we drove along we did find a tombstone on the side of the road that may give us a clue.
The tombstone said Johnnie M. Son of J.T. & J. Howard crushed by a load of lumber here, Sept 27th 1887 aged 13 years. Now whether this has anything to do with Tom being mad, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just a sad post script to life that they sometimes end to soon.
Lisa found the Notch road between Danby and Manchester VT along Route 7 and it led up into the Green mountains that run north to south between Route 7 on the western edge and route 100 on the eastern side.
Did you bring your passport?
Well we were making our way to Mad Tom’s Notch when we entered Peru, Vermont.
We hadn’t had lunch so we stopped at the little general store and we saw that we really didn’t need our passports. Good thing because mine was at home…
The route up…
Getting ourselves onto Mad tom Notch road was pretty easy and the pavement soon gave way to a dirt road and just so you know I was in a grand marquis with 4 doors and not 4X4. So when I tell you what ever you are driving is ok, you can bet that you have little to worry about.
Let me temper that by saying you can follow the notch road up to the top and the road near the top gets a bit rough. I’m not sure how much farther the road goes but I was getting nervous.
We arrived at a dirt parking lot and I was glad to turn around because it looks like the road turns into the Appalachian Trail, I bolded those letters for a reason. The AT is the trail that goes from Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.
My car was not going any further so I turned it around and you should be safe going this far if you don’t try to take your car on the AT as well.
So we headed back down in the late afternoon sunshine and just enjoyed the bright colors. We ended up on NF21 and that will be a story for another day, when I have to time to write it up.
So we had dinner in Manchester a college town down the road and made plans to visit the home of Todd Lincoln (Hildene) the next day. But! I already wrote an article on that so click here for my story about the road to Hildene.Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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