Do You Like Old Maps ?
LATE 1800's MAP OF BARTLETT VILLAGE AREA AT LEFT:
We are trying to determine the location of the photograph below.
Original thoughts were that it was taken from somewhere just east of the
present day post office.
But, the steeple with the the bell appears to be a church and we find no
record of a church in that location. However the map at left shows the
"Union Church", next door to the school. Its location matches the
description found in Aileen Carroll's history book "Bartlett New Hampshire,
in the Valley of the Saco".
The Cave Mountain House/Bartlett Hotel was built in 1890 and since it is not
shown on the map we can assume the map is before that time.
But, The St. Josephs Catholic Church IS shown and it was built in 1890.
Nov 2013: We think the mystery is
So, imagine this photograph (below) without the need to place a big hotel in
the scene, (since it had not been built yet) then this viewpoint is taken from just east of the
present day school, with the Union Church on lower main street near the
The first house on the right would be that of Mrs. H.P. Richards, then the
S.H. Mead house and Frank Georges Bartlett House Inn in the background
center? That would match the map.
(The Union Congregational Church was not built until 1896). The church
in the photograph (The Union Church) was moved across the street and converted to a
Scotty Mallett confirms this information,
"According to my father, this used to be a bungalow style church across from the school. The bell tower was removed and what was left was incorporated into the house. Dad says it was Jim Donahues bungalow later to become my mom and Dads first home after they got married. The wrap around porch was added before my parents got it. The house still stands today, it is across from the school and is white in color."
Keep in mind that over the course of 120 years there would have been fires
and other calamities, so some of the building shown may have disappeared
Photograph courtesy of Robert Girouard; The Endicott collection
Chippanock Inn early 1900's. This looks nothing like the picture
Vere Royse and Thomas Chadbourne; Original Grantees of Upper Bartlett and
I recognize Ralph Clemons, Tony Schultze, Tom Kennedy, Cindy Garland,
Michael Chandler, Burkes, Marcouxs, Eliason brothers, Mary Jane Davis (her
Mom was the Principal), Dean Creps,
THIS INFO HAS BEEN UPDATED HERE
f you were in the Bartlett Elementary School sometime
around 1958 you may find yourself in this picture.
Click on it
for a size you can
actually see. Diane Dudley Osborne told me what the event was, but I don't
remember now what she told me. Maybe it was Halloween.
Bits and Pieces
THESE TWO WILL KEEP YOU BUSY FOR A WHILE:
1. High Quality Map of Bartlett (and other places) from the David Rumsey Map Collection; This one shows The Town of Bartlett in 1892 with
many residences identified by occupant name. It shows present day
Cobb Farm Road crossing the river in the area of Sawyers Rock and
joining Rte 302. It shows the location of the
Garland Ridge School on Stony Brook, The Hilltown School on West Side
Road. Take a look and see who lived in your general area before
This link will take you there.
Bartlett Historical Society has a copy of the entire Atlas from which the above map was derived...donated by George Howard of Glen.
2. This 1796 Map shows
Vere Royse and Tho Chadbourne
as the principal owners of the majority of the Upper Bartlett and Harts
Location Area. Click Here to see the 1796 Map. Very good resolution.
Captain Vere Royse
was a soldier and surveyor and at one
time served as surveyor-general of the Province of New Hampshire. He
made charter maps for many White Mountains towns, including Chatham,
Bartlett and Bretton Woods. In 1769 He was
granted 2000 acres near the Saco river between Glen and Bartlett;
This encompassed the area from present Day Harts Location Town Line and
Rogers Crossing. The land was given for his services "during the
late war in North America," but Captain Royse never settled here.
The peak west of Evan Notch and nearby East Royse were named for him.
The name Royse Mountain appeared on Samuel Holland's 1784 map.
was born in Berwick Maine,March 26, 1736, the son of William and Mary
Chadbourne. His Grant of 3000 acres is part
of the area today know as Harts Location. Between 1772 and 1775 Mr
Chadbourne sold his grant to Richard Hart.
Mr Chadbourne was also granted acreage
in Conway in 1773, where he settled and built the first framed house in
that town. He married Hannah Long of Portsmouth in January 1758 and
fathered eight children. He died on March 7, 1810. More Information
can be obtained from the book "Harts Location in Crawford Notch" by
Marion L Varney published in 1997.
MORE OLD MAPS at White Mountain History dot Org:
Also includes The Cartography of the White Mountains
By Adam Jared Apt
Twenty Five Old Maps courtesy of White Mountain
History dot Org.
List of Maps We Have Found:
Map, Bartlett 1892, high resolution, Rumsey Map
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Map, Bartlett, upper village area 1890
|Map, Collection of
25 early maps at WM History.org
Map, Cooks Crossing - 1945 small map
Map, Historic Lodging Establishments, some from 200
Maps of Bartlett with property owners names
Map, historic lodging establishments
Map, historic lodging establishments, Intervale
|Map, Portland &
Map, Sawyer River Railroad
Map, State, 1796 high resolution - Rumsey Map Collection
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