Where the Mountain Stands Alone: Stories of Place in the Monadnock Region

Where the Mountain Stands Alone: Stories of Place in the Monadnock Region

by Howard Mansfield
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University Press of New England
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Where the Mountain Stands Alone: Stories of Place in the Monadnock Region

In the language of the area’s original inhabitants, Mount Monadnock, in the southwest corner of New Hampshire, is “the mountain that stands alone.” This anthology, with its rich mix of original essays, historical texts, and excerpts from oral histories, celebrates the natural and human history of this region. Editor Howard Mansfield says that “the elusive feel of one place exists in that intersection of political and family history, landscape, destiny, expectations, weather and time.”

Featuring contributions from such writers as Sy Montgomery, Ernest Hebert, Janisse Ray, Tom Wessels, Richard Ober, Jim Collins, and Jane Brox, Where the Mountain Stands Alone ranges from the formation of the region’s distinctive landscape to the lives and customs of its first inhabitants, from the industrialization of the antebellum period to the collapse of both farms and mills, from the region's influence on writers and artists to the rewilding and repopulating of the twentieth century. It is a selective but richly suggestive overview of centuries of human interaction with a particular landscape. “That New Hampshire bluff,” as Henry David Thoreau said of Monadnock, “will longest haunt our dreams.”

The Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire, promotes the interdisciplinary study of place and of the connections between community and environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584655565
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 08/31/2006
Edition description: Published in Cooperation with the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture.
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
The American Quest for Placelessness—Howard Mansfield
First Encounters
Readings: Indians and Wolves
Sokoki Homeland from Monadnock: K’namitobena Sokwaki—Marge Bruchac
Phineas Stevens at the Threshold of the Frontier—David Stewart-Smith
11,000 Years on the Ashuelot—Robert Goodby
Borders and Boundaries—John R. Harris
The Disorderly Origins of the Granite State—Peter Sauer
Journal: The Lost Child—Nathaniel Hawthorne
Making Land
Report: The New Road to Keene, 1839
Report: Connecticut River Ferry, 1900
Parables of Place—Tom Wessels
Journal: Thoreau on Monadnock, 1860—Henry David Thoreau
Report: Following Thoreau—J. Parker Huber
Recollections: Marlborough’s Granite Quarry—John R. Harris
A Mill Girl’s Offering—Ronald Jager
The Family History of Water—Howard Mansfield
“Plant Your Apples on the Hills”—Jane Brox
Recollections: Marion Davis, Cattle Drover—Mortimer Peebles
The Grange Votes Down Automobiles—Haydn S. Pearson
Emptying Out
The Last 113 People—Alan F. Rumrill
Letter: Stoddard Reawakening, 1946—Charles L. Pierce
Land of Stone—Kevin Gardner
Blueberry Planet—Roger B. Swain
The Tragic Life of William Preston Phelps—Edie Clark
The Poor Farm—John R. Harris
Recollections: The Green Army of Camp Annett—Jonathan Schach
Recollections: Lost Ski Areas—Mortimer Peebles
Readings: “What Ails New England?”
Readings: The Folks of the Monadnock Region Want you for a Neighbor!
Abbott Thayer in the Spell of Monadnock—Richard Meryman
Letter: A Dublin Summer—Mark Twain
Confessions of a Part-Time Squire—Newton F. Tolman
Report: How to Build a House—Raphael Pumpelly
Far from Nebraska’s Prairies—Linda Dyer
Grandfather’s Farm—Nancy Hayden
Back to the Land—Edie Clark
Getting Out of the Hole in Nelson—Jim Collins
Eminent Domain: Evicted to Create Pisgah Park—Elizabeth Getchell
Recollections: Pisgah, a Place Apart—Jonathan Schach
The Return of the Wild—Sy Montgomery
Here and Now in the Global Market
Taxi—Ernest Hebert
Il Sentimento della Casa (A Sense of Home)—Paul B. Hertneky
“This Is a Great Country, and Don’t Forget It”—Dayton Duncan
The Last Mill in Town—Paul B. Hertneky
Recollections: The Working Life, I. Marlborough Mill
Recollections: The Working Life, II. Lawrence Tannery—Geoffrey Douglas
“How Did It Go Today?”—Martha Weinman Lear
Letter: And Not So Well for Others—Dawn Powell
Drawing Our Desires: The Endless Keene Bypass Controversy—William Craig
Recollections: The Last Train Out of Town—John R. Harris
Quiet Boomtown—Gerald Burns
Report: New Hampshire by the Numbers
Is There a Monadnock Land Ethic?—Richard Ober
Report: The Last Hurrah for New England Thrift; or, Use It Once, Toss It Out, Buy More—Chesterfield Town Report
Mr. Roy’s Market—Janisse Ray
Our Town—Tim Clark
APPENDIX: You Can Get There from Here
My Favorite Views of the Mountain—Judson D. Hale, Sr.
Directions to Some of the Places in This Book
Bibliography and Sources
List of Contributors
Illustration Credits and Acknowledgments
Editor’s Note

The Monadnock Region and Its Relation to New England
The Masonian Curve
Historic Indian Trails
Contested New Hampshire/Massachusetts Border
Postglacial Landscapes of the Monadnock Region
Hidden Ireland: Stone Walls and Fields in West Peterborough
Pisgah State Park Outlined on an 1858 Map
Ruralburbia: Fragmented Population Growth
The Mind of the Monadnock School District: A Modern Maze

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