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Winchester's early history was determined by two natural resources: the Ashuelot River and the Pisgah forest. The river was a source of water, power, and transportation for early settlers. The vast old-growth trees in the area known as Pisgah naturally led to sawmills, pail and box shops, and wood flour production. With industrialization in the 19th century and the coming of the railroad, Winchester became an ideal place for factories. The addition of two woolen mills and a cotton mill created jobs that drew immigrants to the area. By the turn of the 20th century, Winchester was a bustling, up-to-date place boasting 23 stores and almost as many schools. Townspeople had two banks and four churches to serve them, and the fertile valley kept them fed. The 1900s were less kind to Winchester as the mills closed one by one. Today, it is the rural landscape, the rich history, the recreational opportunities, and life in a place "where everybody knows your name" that induce nearly 5,000 people to proudly call Winchester home.
ISBN: 9780738592657
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Hampshire
Series: Images of America
Images: 201
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Carol Lamprey Poole is curator of the Sheridan House Museum and a former writer and editor for the Return of the Winchester Star. Dorothy Doolittle Farnan, a lifelong resident of Winchester, was the assistant librarian at Conant Library for many years and the founding curator of the Sheridan House Museum. Most of the pictures included here come from the collections of the Conant Library and the Winchester Historical Society.
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