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May 20, 2015

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Discovering New England Stone Walls At Gilmanton Historical Society May 26

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Kevin Gardner presents “Discovering New England Stone Walls” at the Gilmanton Historical Society, Old Town Hall in Gilmanton Iron Works, Tuesday, May 26, 7:30 pm.


Gilmanton Historical Society opens their 2015 summer program series with a presentation by Kevin Gardner, who explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, how and why they were built, and how they changed over time.  During the program, Kevin will build a miniature wall on a tabletop, using small stones from a five-gallon bucket.    


The program is free and open to the public; donations to support the work of the Society are gratefully received.   Refreshments and social hour begins at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 26, at Old Town Hall in Gilmanton Iron Works.  The program begins promptly at 7:30.


The Society’s Museum, in the basement of Old Town Hall,  is open at 7 pm before the program.  The Museum is open for summer hours, May to September, every Saturday 10 am to noon except July 4th and Old Home Day (August 8).  


Kevin Gardner is a writer, teacher, tradesman and life-long resident of Hopkinton.  He has been a stone-wall builder for forty years and is the author of The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls, as well as poetry, songs and essays.  For 25 years he has been a performance critic, feature writer, and producer for NH Public Radio.  His presentation is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. 


The Society’s summer series is presented on the 4th Tuesday of each month, May through September.  June 23, Darryl Thompson presents The Shaker Legacy.  July 23 features a walking tour of Gilmanton Iron Works Village.  History of Lower Gilmanton will be the program on August 26.  The final program of the season, September 22, is Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire.  For details pick up a brochure at the Town Office and review the Society’s exhibit on Thomas Cogswell, Gilmanton’s Revolutionary War hero.   Or check the Society’s website,  There is a link on the Town website.


The Gilmanton Historical Society offers a number of publications on the history of the Town.  They are available at all Society programs, at the Town Clerk’s Office, and at the Brick House in Gilmanton Corners.   The Society’s Museum, at Old Town Hall is open Saturdays from 10 am until noon, and at 7 pm before each of the summer programs.



Gilmanton Land Trust Completes Sale Of Conserved Fields On Route 107

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Alicia and Ryan Smith, and their son Colton, pose with their Jersey cow, Lilly, at their farm in Gilmanton.  The Smiths have purchased the spectacular fields abutting Route 107, and will use them to produce hay for their farm animals.


The Gilmanton Land Trust Board is delighted to announce that the fields abutting Route 107, with views to the northwest over Loon Pond, have been sold to Ryan and Alicia Smith of Hammer Down Farm in Gilmanton.


The fields are protected from development by a conservation easement held by Five Rivers Conservation Trust, a regional land trust based in Concord, which holds easements on  several other properties in Gilmanton.  The Smiths will use the fields for agricultural purposes, under the terms of the easement.  They will also maintain the views, long enjoyed by travelers along 107 in accordance with an additional conservation easement held by the Gilmanton Conservation Commission for this limited purpose.  Future plans include timber stand improvement on the wooded sections, including removal of invasive vegetation, and possible maple production.


The Smiths plan to use the fields for hay to feed their growing herd of beef cattle.  Their farm, on Griffin Road, also produces eggs, rabbits and pigs for meat.  One Jersey cow will provide milk for their growing family.  Ryan Smith grew up in Gilmanton, close to his farm.  He is familiar with the area and appreciates the special rural/agricultural character of the Town.  Ryan, a skilled carpenter, and Alicia built their home and the farm buildings, thus the name Hammer Down Farm.  Gilmanton Land Trust is proud to welcome them as partners in helping to save some of the Town’s greatest views as well as its important agricultural resources.


Sale of the 107 fields is the final step in the Gilmanton Land Trust’s Gilmanton’s Greatest Views for Everyone Forever campaign, to conserve four tracts of agricultural land in town, including spectacular views from Frisky Hill, a parcel on Meetinghouse Road with extensive frontage on Meetinghouse Pond and a flax retting pond, (used to prepare flax for making linen in the early 19th century), and a field on Loon Pond Road.  Gilmanton’s Conservation Commission manages the tracts on Frisky Hill and Meetinghouse Road, which are owned by the Town subject to the conservation easement restrictions.



Gilmanton Resident Graduated From Nichols College


Kimberly Alberico, from Gilmanton, and a major in General Business, graduated with a BSBA cum laude.


Nichols College is a four-year private, not-for-profit, coeducational institution offering associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees as well as certificate programs.






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