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                          Stage Coach Travel
In 1834, Concord was the hub for stage lines.  At least eight lines left from Concord, heading north, south, east, and west.  One of these lines went to Conway, and from there service was available through Crawford Notch to Littleton and Vermont.  Service was also available from Concord or Conway to Portland and also from Portland to Littleton.  A line from Concord ran north to Plymouth, and from there to Haverhill, a route later followed by the railroads.  A stage line provided service from Haverhill to Lancaster.

In the White Mountain region, daily service was unknown; two or three days a week was much more likely.  Heavy snows or rainstorms often delayed scheduled service. 

Closely related to stage travel would be the subject of taverns.  The early travel journals often tell of poor food, poor accommodations and very rough travel.  They also tell of taverns where the food was good, the service friendly, and the accommodations acceptable or better.

 Stage coach travel in the White Mountains would be a fertile and interesting field for additional research.

                        Stage Coach Photos
 


                             Plymouth & Franconia Stage

Suggested Reading:

Little has been written  on Stage Coach travel in New Hampshire.  The best source is "On The Road North of Boston" by Donna-Belle Garvin and James Garvin.

In addition, many of  early travel journals describe stage coach travel.
  Many early Almanacs have Stage route information, as well as distances between stops and the names of taverns at which the stage was scheduled to stop.

In 1833. J.R. Goodno of Boston, published a map of New Hampshire that shows all the Stage Coach routes operating at that time.
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