Route 102, Guildhall and Granby Vermont
As you look at the map you may or may not realize that the border of Vermont and New Hampshire is not Route 91. It’s actually Route 5 and the Connecticut River. So there is about 25 miles of Vermont to the east of I-91. This is the eastern side of the NEK (Northeast Kingdom). This is one route you can explore and enjoy.
Follow along Route 102 From Canaan Vermont in the north to where it starts, down to where it ends on Bridge street in Lancaster New Hampshire. But no, there is no covered bridge on this street, sorry, for that, follow Bridge St to Main St and to the right and then a left on Mechanic Street to the Mechanic Street Covered Bridge but that’s another story.
This Route 102 will take you along 50 miles of rolling farmland and scenic views of Vermont and New Hampshire. To the east of the road is the Connecticut River and I’m going to concentrate on Guildhall portion to the south. The big attraction is the Gristmill on the Old Crawford farm. (image below from a past year)
Now I saw this gristmill on Flickr and I was intrigued enough to ask the photographer where it was located, all they would say is, it’s in Guildhall Vermont. I went up there in 2012 looking for it and there are hundreds of side roads so I was searching for a needle in a haystack. I finally stopped at the town hall and when I walked in, you know they sell greeting cards of this very gristmill. They told me to head south and turn on Granby road. (Not such a needle after all)
For those coming up from the south: The farm is just north of Lancaster and if you set your mileage counter to zero, you will travel about 4.8 miles until you hit Granby Rd. if you are coming from the South it’s on the left. If you are coming from the North, it’s on the… Well you can figure that out, right?
There is a brass marker on a large rock at the intersection to let you know you are near. Turn onto Granby Rd and be ready to pull over. You will see a sign for the Old Crawford Farm and just a little further on the right, you will see the fence and pull over. There is a ditch there so don’t pull over too far. (You’ve been warned)
Photographing the Gristmill
I find early morning light can be wonderful especially if the colors are a bright orange. The main vantage points are from down the road as you were approaching it. Then successive shots as you get closer.
To start, I like including the wooden fence that runs up the back side of the mill as a leading line or along the front. Then I walk down the road towards the wooden mill building and shoot it from less of an angle and then from straight on. (As seen below, all are from previous years)
Here you can see the differences from a vertical angle and the horizontal and how the images changes. You are the artist creating the final product. Move your feet and turn the camera to portrait or landscape to make your image come alive.
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