Village Railroad Square:
The big white building is
the Odd Fellows Hall
, which has a stage and movie theatre.
Next door to that is Hellen Hayes
also operated The Elmcrest
during the 1930's. That building is still standing and is
located almost opposite the present day Villager Motel, It
has been vacant for years. I recall watching
butcher cattle in
the barn there in the 1960's.
Hellen, being an ambitious
person also operated a restaurant, The
, located on Main Street where Lydia Lansing
building (above) I believe was GK Howards Hardware Store
became a grocery store operated by Mr Wimpy
Harold and Edith Jacobson
The building was razed in the late 1990's and the land is owned
by the Hodgkins, who live next door.
Next to the
store is The Garland,
an Inn built by Eben Garland. It also housed a
drug store and jewelry store.
It was sold to the
1920 for use as a private residence. It is still owned by
the Hodgkins family. (photo above, right)
The top picture was taken from the
vicinity of the Railroad Depot building, Rail tracks are just to
the left of this picture.
Union Congregational Church on Albany Ave.
This Card says "Easter Greetings" and the backside is dated 1906.
The White Mountains: a handbook for travellers : a guide to the peaks ...
By Moses Foster Sweetser
Published June 1918 with prior printings beginning in 1891
Bartlett Village Rail Station as it appeared in 1922. Dianne Dudley
Osborne sent the information below about the white building in the
"It was our home from
1948 to when it burned in the mid 1960's. My Dad David A. Dudley bought the
home from Mr. Grimmer and his wife. This family where directly related to my
Great Great Grandfather Simeon Stewart who lived on Kearsarge Street. Both
families came from St. Stephens, New Brunswick Canada in the late 1890's
with their families and most of them are buried in Garland's cemetery. They
had ties to the Railroad and logging industry. In the picture what you
see is the home which was right next door to Sacred Heart Church (later
renamed St. Joseph the Worker) and you can see part of the school that was
directly behind both buildings. Our home had many rooms with a spiral
staircase to the attic. We believe that many railroad workers roomed there.
When we were children our parents sold eggs from the house and my father had
two cows and pigs. Of course, we were always called out of school to bring
one of them home. When the school windows were open you could hear them.
Farming was a very important and necessary way of life and alot of families
had to do both work a full time job and run their family homesteads.
Mr. Grimmer and Simeon Stewart were children raised by Mr. Jesse Grimmer
from Grimmer Mountain in St. Stephens. Jesse is buried on the the back side
of markers in the church in St. Stephen. His family were member of the
original Loyalist from Ireland who are listed on the Tax List of 1815 in St.
Stephens. This names on this list are found in the Olde Burying Grounds in
This card scanned
from the Michael Bannon collection.
This Book has remarkable descriptions of the Bartlett area and all of the
White Mountains. You will find the origination of place names,
mountain names origins and recollections of storys and events.
I have it opened to the pages about the Bartlett area, visible at left.
Maine Central Railroad Yard in Bartlett
Contributed by Clayton Smith, April 2011:
There are places in the Bartlett area that without being shared will be forgotten and disappear.
I have heard of two places in the experimental forest that my uncles, cousins, and other local old timers went to for hunting. Hearing stories of hikes to these places, and good times spent with fathers teaching their sons the honored traditions of self sufficiency, hunting, fishing, survival, and becoming a man.
One was the Hermit's Shelter.
The details of the story of the hermit are fuzzy. I've heard slightly different accounts. But, here's what I've heard:
"There was a hermit who lived in the upper Bear Notch area sometime in the early nineteen hundreds up to possibly the World War Two era who lived off of the land. He was self sufficient, and by definition, lived like a hermit. He poached game as he needed food and perhaps hides to use and sell. The game wardens of the day (or whatever tile they had, maybe a special task of the CCCs?) searched for his cabin/home/camp, found it and burned it to get rid of him. He then being a stubborn man with Yankee ingenuity relocated his base to a shelter which could not be burned; a massive boulder with the potential of hospitality for one. This boulder had a crack which ran vertical through the ceiling, enough to put a chimney for a wood stove. The ending of what I know of the history of the hermit"
Sounding somewhat as a treasure story one would tell their children before bedtime, mention of a buried keg of silver dollars has rung in my ears for many years. Who knows?
The other place is Pert's camp:
"Pert's camp was a hunting camp with a more solid history. Not there anymore due to being burned, some say that they could recognize the remains if they could get in the area again."
Yes, there is more to these stories. I forget my bank account number, phone numbers, and even names of people I met days before, but I remember every detail of these stories as they were told. If you have any stories about these type of places, or perhaps info missing to my stories, for the heritage of Bartlett please share.
The Garland Inn on Albany Avenue. Now the residence of The Hodgkins.
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Bits 'n Pieces
Upper Bartlett Village Page 3
This postcard is labeled "Maple Cottage"...