As we continue to learn more about White Mountain history, we often turn up interesting information that doesn’t quite fit elsewhere on this website. Sometimes, we have only a little information. These pages will pass this information along. Hopefully, viewers can provide additional details about some of these subjects. A response form is at the bottom of these pages. If you have researched a particular subject, or if you have information that you think would be of interest to others, please let us know. All contributions will be properly credited to the author.
Indian “Altar” on Mt. Lafayette?
Is there a stone altar on Mt. Lafayette that might be hundreds of years old? Mid-nineteenth travel guides indicate that perhaps there is. Reproduced below is a page from the 1850 Tripp and Osgood “Guide To The White Mountains”. It describes the “altar” and speculates on its purpose. It also notes that it is “located on a most inaccessible point of the mountain”. The same reference is repeated in later editions of the Tripp and Osgood guides as well as those published by Edson Eastman. Its location, or even if it exists today, is unknown. If you find it, send us a photo.
First Christian Science Church in NH
Mary Baker Eddy’s first church in New Hampshire was in the White Mountains, at Fabyans, a short distance from the Cherry Mountain Road. It was called The White Mountain Church and was dedicated on Aug. 7, 1898. Services were held until 1913, serving Christian Scientists summering in the White Mountains. The church was dismantled in 1913.
When visiting the mountains in 1888, Mrs. Eddy stayed at the White Mountain House, at the intersection of the Cherry Mountain Road and what is today Route 302. She held informal service that summer at the Fabyan House. The White Mountain House was then owned by Royal Rounsevel and he donated the land the church was built on. (Rounsevel had been in the logging business and in 1875 sold land and a sawmill to J.E. Henry that gave him his start in large scale logging.) When the church was dismantled, the Mother Church erected a bronze plaque on a large piece of granite, at the site. The original corner stone was buried adjacent to the marker. Neither can be found today, possibly having been moved when Route 302 was re-aligned.
One can speculate about the reason for the first Christian Science Church in New Hampshire having been built at Fabyans. Was there a family connection that brought her to the area? The official Fabyan House photographer was Peter Eddy, and he advertised that his business was established in 1888, the year that she first visited the area. Mary Baker Eddy’s third husband was Asa Gilbert Eddy but we have not, as yet, been able to document the relationship, if any, between Asa Eddy and Peter Eddy. However, it seems logical that there is one. Can you document the relationship or correct us in this assumption?
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Both photos courtesy Twin Mountain Historical Society