New Hampshire Resources

Web pages of interest:

 America's Stonehenge (Mystery Hill)

GRANITView Mapping 

Great mapping tool that allows user to customize maps with different layers; sorry, but it only covers New Hampshire!

New Hampshire Archeological Society

New Hampshire County Registries of Deeds

Many of NH deeds are digitized and available to view online. If you prefer to vi the registries in person, directions are available on the website.

New Hampshire Historical Society Museum, Concord, NH

New Hampshire SCRAP

New Hampshire’s public archaeology program; find out information about upcoming field schools and training opportunities.

New Hampshire State Archives

Find information about NH archival holdings or read all 40 volumes of the “NH State Papers”.

Stone Structures of Northeastern United States

Interesting interpretations on stones structures in the New England area

 

Stone Sites in New Hampshire

 

NEARA cannot give out addresses to many of the private sites in our archives, but here are some links to sites open to the public in New Hampshire that you may enjoy:

 

America’s Stonehenge:

Who built this unusual site? Take a tour and decide for yourself.

 

Endicott Rock State Park:

Covered in Native American cupules and initialed by colonial explorers,
the smallest of New Hampshire’s state parks figures prominently in the border
battle between New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

 

Indian Mortar Lot Franklin, NH:

Located on the corner of Dearbon and Central Streets in Franklin, NH this small park contains an Indian mortar stone used by Native peoples to grind their corn in past centuries. Also look for the fish petroglyph on another boulder in the park.

 

Madison Boulder:

Designated as a national landmark, this glacial erratic is purported to be the largest one in New England.

 

New England Waterfalls:

Supplement to New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades and Waterfalls (2nd Edition). Countryman Press, 2010. Look for the remains of stone sites around waterfalls while you enjoy the scenery.

 

Pawtuckaway State Park:

One of the natural wonders of New England, the boulder field of glacial erratics wedged inside this extinct volcanic caldera must be seen to be appreciated.

 

Recommended Reading:

History of New Hampshire:

Old books on town histories are a great source of information about early sites in New Hampshire. The following books on New Hampshire history are available online through Google Books. You may read them online or download them as PDF files or to your e-reader.

 

The History of New-Hampshire: History, 1614-1715: Volume I, Second Edition. Belknap, Jeremy. Bradford and Reid: Boston, 1813.

 

The History of New Hampshire Volume III. Belknap, Jeremy. Belknap and Young: Boston, MA, 1792.

 

History of Concord New Hampshire from the Original Grant in Seventeen Hundred and Twenty – Five to the Opening of the Twentieth Century. Lyford, James, Ed. Rumford Press: Concord, NH, 1903.

 

Facts Relating to the Early History of Chester, N.H., from the Settlement in 1720 until the Formation of the State Constitution in 1784. Bell, Charles. Parker Lyon: Concord, NH, 1863.

 

The History of Manchester, Formerly Derryfield, in New Hampshire: Including that of Ancient Amoskeag. Potter, Chandler Eastman. Manchester, NH: C. E. Potter1856.

 

The History of New Boston New Hampshire. Cogswell, Eliot Colby. Rand, Avery, and Cornhill: Boston, 1864.

 

The History of Salisbury, New Hampshire: From Date of Settlement to the Present Time. Dearborn, John Jacob. William E. Moore: Manchester, NH, 1890.

Geology:

 

Roadside Geology of Vermont and New Hampshire. Van Diver, Bradford. Mountain Press Publishing Company: Missoula, MT, 1986.

Out of print, but buy it on Amazon if you see it!

 

History/Archaeology:

 

The Archeology of New Hampshire: Exploring 10,000 Years in the Granite State. Starbuck David R. Lebanon, NH: UPNE, 2006.

A great introduction to 10,000 years of New Hampshire archaeological history.

 

The Indian Heritage of New Hampshire and Northern New England. Piotrowski, Thaddeus M., Ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2002.

A collection of historic and modern essays exploring the history of the Indians of New Hampshire as seen through the eyes of archaeologists, historians, and early European settlers in the state.

 

A Time Before New Hampshire. Caduto, Michael. Lebanon NH: UPNE, 2003.

A great book describing the natural history of New Hampshire and the lives of its earliest people.

 

Research:

 

Abandoned New England: Its Hidden Ruins and Where to Find Them. Robinson, William. New York Graphic Society: Boston, 1986.

When you find something in the woods and aren’t sure what it is, Robinson may know. Out of print, but buy it on Amazon.

 

Interpreting Land Records. Wilson, Donald. John Wiley and Sons: Hoboken, NJ, 2006.

If you delve into land records, let this book be your guide. Many examples from the text are drawn from NH deeds.

Mountain New England: Life Past and Present. Robinson. Little Brown and Company: Boston, Toronto, and London, 1988.

Many historic accounts of abandoned New England hilltop towns. Out of print, but available on Amazon.

Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England. Wessels, Tom. Countryman Press: Woodstock, VT, 1997.

A must have book if you spend any time walking in the woods.

 

 

Stone Sites:

 

America’s Stonehenge Deciphered. Gage, Mary. Mary Gage and James Gage: 2006.

Mary puts on her interpretive hat and gives a different view of the famous hill in Salem, NH.

 

America’s Stonehenge: The Mystery Hill Story from Ice Age to Stone Age. Goudsward, David, Stone, Robert. Branden Books: Boston, 2003.

Co-authored by Bob Stone, NEARA founding father and owner of Mystery Hill.