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Cathedral Woods: 1900

Cathedral Woods: 1900

New Hampshire circa 1900. "Cathedral Woods, North Conway, White Mountains." Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

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Future Resident

When I originally saw this image on here two years ago, it prompted me into doing some research about North Conway since I have always wanted to live in the New England area. I found the history and landscape of North Conway so appealing that I hope to move there in the next couple of years. Thanks, Dave!

One of Henry James' favorite spots

The woods of North Conway was the home of at least one of Henry James's heroines in one of his earliest novels, "Roderick Hudson." He spent "a splendid summer" there in 1865 with his good friend Oliver Wendell Holmes, and the delightful Minnie Temple, his cousin who would serve as the model of so many of his strong young women. I'm so glad to have a chance to see these woods, with the fine tall trees growing so thickly together. His descriptions of that "dark woodland" now make more sense.

Look out for Rambo!

He skulks around in woods like this.

Plenty of woods remain

There was a much greater percentage of cleared land in 1900 than there is today, here in New Hampshire. If you like woods (and rocks) come see us.

Whose woods these are

I think I know.
His house in in the village, though.
He will not mind us stopping here
to see ... a lady and her beau!

(with apologies to Robert Frost)

What's wrong with me?

All I can think of is: "Lions and tigers and bears. Oh, my!"

The chaperones

He may only have eyes for her but those two folks in back are probably keeping their eyes on him.


Someday maybe I'll get to visit these woods.

I'm a Lumberjack

I cut down trees. I skip and jump.
I like to press wild flowers.
I put on women's clothing
And hang around in bars.

In the footsteps of Thoreau.

I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, and then take my daily constitutional with a lovely lass.

Just In Time...

for Valentine's Day. The gentleman walking with the lady looks as though he only has eyes for her. How sweet!

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