This NH map is missing Nashua
The state of New Hampshire’s Division of Historic Resources has set up a new interactive map that allows people to share photos and a brief description of landmarks like historic homes, town halls, bridges, rural and mountainous landscapes, scenic trails and archaeological sites.
Just think of it as crowdsourcing for history buffs and people who love their communities.
It includes places like the Robert Frost Home in Derry, the New Hampshire Aviation Museum in Manchester and the Cathederal of the Pines in Rindge.
Much as we hate to say it, the map is a little light in the Nashua department. Actually, it’s more than a little light. It’s totally bereft of Nashua icons.
We hope somebody changes that, goes to the website and puts on some of their favorite Nashua-area spots.
We asked around (well, OK, the truth is we asked The Telegraph’s Dean Shalhoup) and came up with a few worthy candidates for submission:
The Abbot-Spalding House, 1 Nashville St., Nashua. Owned by the Nashua Historical Society, it was built by industrialist Daniel Abbot, who is considered The Father of Nashua; In one of its parlors in 1823, a group of businessmen sat down to sign papers to create the Nashua Manufacturing Company, the "mills" that went on to employ generations of Nashuans.
The Isaac Spalding Mansion, 168 Main St., Nashua. Built around 1852, the house was recently brought into full view after nearly 100 years living behind a strip of stores next to the Main Street Methodist Church. Refer to Dean’s Aug. 11 column for more details
The Hunt Building, 6 Main St., Nashua. The city’s Public Library from 1903-71, it was designed by noted Boston architect Ralph Adams Cram and stands as a fine example of turn of the 20th century architecture; now occupied by several small businesses and offices.
The Hills House, Derry Road, Hudson. Built in the 19th century by Albert and Virginia Hills as a summer home; he was a New York City doctor and they owned hundreds of acres of land in that area. Their gift of part of it to the town for Hudson’s first high school resulted in the construction in the early 1950s of Alvirne High – the name comes from blending Albert and Virginia’s names.
The great thing about the "My New Hampshire" map is that the beauty of the nominations is in the eye of the person doing the nominating, and it doesn’t have to be a building, either. Benson’s Park in Hudson (once home to the renowned animal farm) probably belongs on the list, as perhaps does Mine Falls Park and a few other places that have given people pleasure over the years.
The interactive map is easy to get to (www.nh.gov/nhdhr) and easy to read. Just click on My New Hampshire and upload a photo and brief description of your favorite places.
You could even use the map project as a flimsy excuse to visit one of your favorite local places and take a few pictures.
Tell ’em Dean sent you.