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Apr 24, 2019








The 5 Minute Sightseeing Trip
12 Spots where you can play tourist on your lunch break

By Hippo Staff

  “A Moment in Time” public art piece 

On the corner of Pleasant and South Main streets in Concord near Live Juice 
Why you want to visit: The bronze sculpture created by Massachusetts artist Beverly Benson Seamans depicts a young boy holding and marveling at a turtle. “It’s a scene that evokes childhood memories,” Tim Sink, president of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, said. “It’s simple, a little whimsical, and captures that emotion and sense of innocence.” Originally placed in Bicentennial Square on lease about eight years ago, the piece was reclaimed by the artist for a time after the lease was up. “A lot of people really liked it, especially little kids, and they were really sad to see it taken away,” Sink said. A little over a year ago, the city renewed the lease and recovered the sculpture. Sink said the city is hoping to purchase the piece before the current lease expires. 
If you have more time: Downtown Concord has all kinds of public art displays. Other notable pieces include a modern granite gate sculpture near the Works Bakery Cafe (42 N. Main St.); various sculptures created from old bicycles, spread throughout downtown; a student-painted colorful mural on the side of the CVS building (46 N. Main St.); a piece created from hundreds of multi-colored umbrellas, suspended in an alleyway by Capitol Plaza (80 Storrs St.); and, in that same alleyway on most weekends, a public piano is set up. “If people are interested in seeing the art, they can just come downtown and walk around Main Street and they’ll come across many different items in walking distance of each other,” Sink said. — Angie Sykeny 
1946 Nashua Dodgers mural 
On the east side of the Maynard & Lesieur building at 31 W. Hollis St., Nashua 
Why you want to visit: The mural, covering one side of a brick building in downtown Nashua, depicts African-American baseball players Roy Campanella, a catcher, and Don Newcombe, a pitcher, who played for the Nashua Dodgers in 1946 and are credited with making the Dodgers the first integrated baseball team in the United States. “The mural was done about 15 to 20 years ago to honor them,” Nashua Silver Knights assistant general manager Cheryl Lindner said. “They were the first [to integrate]. Jackie Robinson often gets the credit, but he actually did it in Canada.” 
If you have more time: Visit the place where it all happened, the historic Holman Stadium (67 Amherst St., Nashua, 718-8883, nashua silver Now the home of the Nashua Silver Knights, the stadium was built in 1937 and was home to the Nashua Dodgers while they operated from 1946 to 1949. When Campanella and Newcombe were added to the Dodgers roster, Holman Stadium became the first integrated ballpark in the U.S. Earlier this year, two large banners were installed at the stadium depicting Campanella and Newcombe. “Since Holman Stadium is a historic building, we couldn’t paint a mural on it,” Lindner said, “but we wanted to have something honoring [the players] at the place where they actually played, so we did the banner project.” Lindner said tours of the ballpark offering more tidbits about its history are available by request. 
— Angie Sykeny 
Gasholder House
On the corner of South Main and Water streets, Concord
Why you want to visit: While no longer in active use, the Gasholder House in Concord is a historic building, being the only one of its kind in the entire country to have its gas holder still completely intact.
“These buildings … held gas that was manufactured from coal in that area,” said Phil Donovan, chairman of the Concord Heritage Commission, a division of the city’s planning board. “Underneath the building, there was essentially a hole in the ground where gas would be pumped up.”
The circular brick house was built in 1888 after the Concord Gas Light Co. purchased the land to construct it a year earlier. Standing about 80 feet high and measuring 86 feet in diameter, the house was at one point capable of holding up to 125,000 cubic feet of gas. It remained in service for gas storage until 1952, after the process and technology of manufacturing gas modernized, according to Donovan. A second house was built in 1921 but was torn down in the 1980s.
Today, the building and 2.4-acre property surrounding it are owned by Liberty Utilities and fenced off, but you can still view it from South Main Street, Donovan said.
“It’s really become an icon of the city,” he said. “We’ve actually been working with Liberty Utilities and have an application with the state for review right now to get the building on the National Register [of Historic Places].”
If you have more time: Donovan said the Gasholder House is well documented and photographed through both the city and the New Hampshire Historical Society’s library (30 Park St., Concord), for people who are interested in learning more about 19th-century industrial architecture.
— Matt Ingersoll 
Frank Carpenter Mausoleum
Pine Grove Cemetery, 765 Brown Ave., Manchester
Why you want to visit: Frank Pierce Carpenter (1845-1938) was arguably the city’s greatest philanthropist. He made his fortune initially with a grain and flour business before expanding his trade into coffee, tea and spices, according to John Clayton at the Manchester Historic Association. Carpenter then went on to become president of the Amoskeag Paper Mills and Stark Mills. His munificence was instrumental in the construction of several large buildings still standing today in downtown Manchester, including the Manchester Historic Association building, the Manchester public library and at least seven others.
His mausoleum was built in 1912, more than two decades before he died. One section of it weighed 18 tons and required 16 horses to drive it from the train station to the cemetery. At one point, it got stuck in the mud and required two city steamrollers to pull it out. The mausoleum remains the largest in the cemetery today.
If you have more time: Carpenter’s old mansion residence is still standing at 1800 Elm St., and it’s a sight to see. The two-and-a-half story, wood-framed building is an example of Queen Anne architecture with its most notable structure a three-story turret in the southeast corner. The house and the carriage house in the rear are used today as office spaces.
The city’s public library, officially dubbed the Carpenter Memorial Library building, was built in memory of his wife, Eleanor Blood Carpenter. If you walk inside the library, which is surfaced with white Vermont marble and designed after the Beaux Arts or Italian Renaissance style, you will see a portrait of Frank Carpenter hanging on an interior wall.
— Ryan Lessard 
9/11 Memorial
Benson’s Park, 21 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson
Why you want to visit: According to Hudson town selectman and memorial committee chairman Dave Morin, this monument contains an actual steel beam from the elevator shaft of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. This monument was unveiled in September 2011 during a memorial service for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“We actually had a resident from Hudson, David Kovalcin, who was on board one of the flights … [and] the town had been very active to support the firefighters down in New York. We put groups down there to help with the search [for survivors],” Morin said. “A couple of years later, the fire chief learned that steel beams from the towers were being given out to towns who had memorials.”
Morin said the original beam was only four feet tall, but the town was eventually awarded its current beam, a structure standing more than 20 feet placed near the entrance of Benson’s Park and made to look like one of the towers. A second structure of the same height was built to represent the second tower.
“We wanted to have people remember what the buildings looked like,” Morin said.
Other features of the memorial incorporate some of the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, according to Morin. A grassy structure in the shape of a pentagon surrounds the two beams (representative of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.), and the sidewalk that leads into the memorial was shaped to represent the path of United Airlines Flight 93 before it crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Along the path, you’ll find several hedge stones that show the exact times the planes crashed into the buildings and the times the two towers collapsed.
“Each stone gives a timeline … and then we have one stone in recognition of all of the [responders],” Morin said.
The memorial is one of six you’ll find in the Granite State, according to Morin. The others are in Claremont, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth and at Dartmouth College in Hanover.
If you have more time: There is much to explore at Benson’s Park if you have not done so since it reopened in 2010. The property was the home of Benson’s Wild Animal Farm, a private zoo and amusement park open for much of the early half of the 20th century. Several buildings and cages that once held zoo animals can still be found at the park, one of which has since been converted into a small, onsite store. Benson’s is also a popular area for hiking, dog walking, fishing and picnicking, containing several wooded walking trails, a children’s playground, lakes and a public dog park. Admission and parking is free. The park is open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Oct. 31, and until 5 p.m. after Oct. 31. — Matt Ingersoll 
Great Flood Marker
Opposite the Mill Girl statue on southeast corner of 400 Commercial St. building
Why you want to visit: During the Great Flood of 1936, someone marked the highest point of the water on a mill building on Commercial Street. It’s about chest-high. John Clayton at the Manchester Historic Association said nobody knows who made the mark. As a result, nobody is sure whose responsibility it is to maintain it as it fades and chips with age. The flood was caused by a combination of factors.
“In addition to heavy snow melt from what was a hard winter, we had 11 days of rain … leading up to the flood,” Clayton said.
In the process, the flood water swept away two bridges and spilled over into the secondary artificial canal, where Commercial Street is now. Clayton said the flood quite literally divided the city in two.
If you have more time: Check out the other lasting remnants of the Great Flood by turning to look at the river from Arms Park. There you’ll see the still-standing stanchions of the two bridges that were destroyed during the flood. The southern stanchions belonged to a pedestrian bridge and the northern stanchions held up a steam pipe bridge, which connected the Arms Textile to a mill building on the West Side. 
— Ryan Lessard 
Mount Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum in Manchester 
474 Goffstown Road, Manchester, 622-3215,
Why you want to visit: This is the resting place of Richard McDonald, one of the McDonald brothers who founded the fast-food empire bearing the same name. Richard graduated from Manchester West just before moving to California to work behind the scenes in the movie industry and then later went on to open the first McDonald’s with his brother Maurice in San Bernardino, Calif., according to John Clayton, the executive director of the Manchester Historic Association. 
Clayton said he knew Robert before he died in 1998; after selling the McDonald’s franchise, Richard McDonald moved back to New Hampshire, married his high-school sweetheart Dorothy French and settled down in Bedford. Richard McDonald is also credited with designing the golden arches logo. Clayton said the logo eventually surpassed the Coca-Cola Company’s red circle in global familiarity. The iconic golden arches are sealed onto Richard McDonald’s urn at the mausoleum in Manchester. The Mount Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
If you have more time: The monument of Lt. William Jutras, the first Franco-American from Manchester to die in WWI, according to Clayton, also sits at Mount Calvary. The monument is also significant because it was created by sculptor Lucien Gosselin, whose other works include the Pulaski monument in Pulaski Park at 128 Bridge St., and the Great War tribute in Victory Park at the corner of Amherst Street and Chestnut streets. The Jutras monument is a granite monolith bearing a cross and a commemorative inscription. Clayton said that Gosselin moved to Manchester in 1885 and began sculpting small medallions in clay and plaster and then cast in bronze. Gosselin’s commissions grew larger over the years and in 1929 he sculpted his first major commission, the monument at Victory Park honoring the men of the first World War. In 1934 he was asked to sculpt the Pulaski Memorial, which still stands today at Pulaski Park and honors the American Revolutionary War Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski. — Ethan Hogan 
Chester Village Cemetery 
Junction of Routes 102 and 121, Chester, 
Why you want to visit: The graveyard is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the oldest graveyards in the state. Located across from the historic Chester Congregational Church, the plot was officially purchased in 1751, but the settlers had been burying bodies there for years before that. “When Chester was first developed in 1722, the settlers didn’t have anywhere to put the bodies, so they started burying them across from the church,” Chester Historical Society president Jean Methot said. The cemetery contains the graves of notable people including two state governors, Samuel Bell and John Bell, as well as Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court William Richardson. It’s also home to signed stones by some of the most renowned stone sculptors in New England. “If you walk around and see who’s buried here and look at the dates on the gravestones, you can see why it’s so important and why it’s on the Register,” Methot said. 
If you have more time: Explore more of Chester’s history at the Chester Historical Society, located inside the Stevens Memorial Hall (junction of Routes 121 and 102). There, you’ll find a small museum with rotating exhibits showcasing various artifacts and historic documents. It’s open for viewing on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. — Angie Sykeny 
Civil War monument 
Sits at the top of Main Street in Nashua, at the intersection of Amherst and Concord streets, maintained by Nashua Historical Society, 883-0015
Why you want to visit: The monument represents the soldiers and sailors of Nashua who served and died during the Civil War. The monument’s corner stone was laid by the Master Masons of New Hampshire on May 30, 1889, and they completed the monument on Oct. 15, 1889. The monument is made of granite, with bronze plaques and statues. The east side of the monument has a statue of a man representing the sailors of the war, with a bronze plaque depicting of the sinking of the Alabama by the Kearsarge during the Battle of Cherbourg in 1864. The bronze plaque at south facing base of the monument reads, “A tribute to the men of Nashua who served their country on land or sea during the war of the rebellion, and aided in preserving the integrity of the federal union.” The monument sits at the center of a small park, with a view of downtown Nashua. 
If you have more time: Directly behind the Civil War monument is the Abbot-Spalding House Museum. The house was home to several notable residents during the course of Nashua’s history, including Daniel Abbot, the Father of Nashua, George Perham, a proprietor with the West India goods trade, and William Spalding, a prominent banker and collector of antiques.
Abbot is known as the Father of Nashua because of his industrial enterprise which helped take Nashua from being a town to being a city, according to the Nashua Historical Society. Abbot formed the Nashua Manufacturing Company and Nashua’s first cotton mills in 1823, according to the Nashua Historical Society. You can tour the house by appointment and a member of the historical society will give guests an educational walk-through and talk about the period-accurate artwork, furniture and architecture that remain preserved in the home. Tours can be made by appointment and last about 40 minutes. 
— Ethan Hogan 
Colonial Door
In the southwest corner of Derryfield Park in Manchester
Why you want to visit: Many have seen the old wooden door framed by granite standing solitary on the edges of Derryfield Park and wondered what it used to be.
“That was actually the entrance to the old town pound,” said John Clayton with the Manchester Historic Association.
Back in 1753, the townspeople voted to establish a pound, though they didn’t fund its construction. That would come much later when John Goffe built the pound at his own expense. 
It’s not what one pictures when one talks about a pound for pets. Rather, this was a stone wall that encircled roaming grazing animals.
“Back in the colonial days, cattle and sheep would eventually roam off of a particular owner’s property and we had … an animal control officer back in those days who would round up the stray animals and bring them to the town pound, where they would be held until the owners came to claim them,” Clayton said.
The tradition, Clayton said, was to deputize the most recently married man in town to manage the pound, in the office of “Hog Reever,” much to the “merriment” of the town meeting crowd. Which is to say, they got a kick out of tormenting newlywed men.
The door was dedicated in 1916 by the Molly Stark chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
If you have more time: Also in the park is a gazebo built in 1996. What many don’t realize is it was designed to emulate the cap of the nearby Weston Observatory, a stone tower that’s also worth visiting at the top of Oak Hill in Derryfield Park. The inside is closed to the public through most of the year, but it’s a hidden gem that was dedicated to James Weston, a former mayor who served four terms in the late 1800s as a Democrat despite the city being largely Republican and Whig at the time. The tower is made of granite and is 66 feet tall. — Ryan Lessard
John F. Kennedy memorial bust
In front of Nashua City Hall, 229 Main St., Nashua
Why you want to visit: As a US Senator from Massachusetts running for president, John F. Kennedy’s first ever campaign stop after announcing his presidential run was in front of Nashua City Hall, on Jan. 25,
1960, an event that is now commemorated by a bronze memorial bust in front of the historic Main Street building.
Kennedy won the New Hampshire primary and became the 35th president in 1961, serving until  his assassination in Dallas in November 1963.
Constructed in 1965, the monument includes a pedestal with a bronze statue of Kennedy’s head and shoulders.
According to Derek Edry, communications and special projects coordinator for Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess’s office, a quote from Kennedy’s inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961, is engraved on the back of the memorial.
“Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generations of Americans — born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage,” the monument reads.
If you have more time: The Granite State held its election before any other state in 1920, just four years after holding its first primary. In the years that followed, New Hampshire would develop recognition for holding the first primary in the country for every presidential election. Its history as a political frontrunner for presidential campaigns is well documented in some locations across the state.
At the store of the New Hampshire Historical Society (30 Park St., Concord), copies of The First Primary: New Hampshire’s Outsize Role in Presidential Nominations, written by UNH scholars David W. Moore and Andrew E. Smith, are available for purchase for $29.95. The book is an in-depth history of the state’s primary and an analysis of its media coverage.
At the political library of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College (100 St. Anselm Drive, Manchester), a new collection of more than 2,700 volumes called The Presidency Unfurled: Context, Landmarks, Legacy is available in the library’s recently renovated reading room. The books cover a nearly 25-year span of biographies, memoirs and more of presidents, vice presidents, Supreme Court Justices and our country’s founding fathers, as well as several presidential biography series. They can be viewed by visiting the library’s online catalog or weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
Many campaign stops take place at local eateries. One of the most popular stops has been the Red Arrow Diner (61 Lowell St., Manchester). Others notable spots are The Puritan Backroom Restaurant (245 Hooksett Road, Manchester), MaryAnn’s Diner (29 E. Broadway, Derry) and Tilt’n Diner (61 Laconia Road, Tilton). Photos commemorating such visits can be found on many of these restaurants’ walls. 
You can also view an online exhibition at of buttons, bobblehead dolls, voting machines and more that were used during presidential campaigns dating back several administrations all the way to the early twentieth century. 
— Matt Ingersoll  
Mary Baker Eddy House
62 N. State St., Concord, 225-3444
Why you want to visit: Mary Baker Eddy founded the church of Christian Science and did significant work during her time in Concord, according to Nancy Root, a tour guide at Eddy’s house in Concord. Eddy’s home is a stately Greek Revival-style house that was built in 1850. Two Renaissance-style rooms in the house have been restored to resemble how they were during Eddy’s stay, with period-accurate furniture and decor. During the guided tour, Root teaches guests about Eddy’s work at the house and about her other home on the outskirts of Concord called Pleasant View. 
The tour includes a model of Pleasant View where Eddy spent many years, but which has since been replaced with living facilities. Eddy moved into the furnished home at 62 State St. in 1889 and stayed there until 1892. During the three years Eddy spent in the home, she revised her book Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures and then published it while living at the home in 1891. Later that same year, Eddy published a book that summarized her life and work titled Retrospection and Introspection. 
Root said the house represents the work Eddy did while living in Concord and the two rooms reflect life at the time. From Nov. 1 to April 30, tours are given by appointment with 48-hour advance notice.
If you have more time: A half a mile down the road from Eddy’s house is the First Church of Christ, Scientist, at 33 School St. The church was built in 1903 and 1904 and it is made out of mostly Concord Granite, according to Lynn Dermott, a tour guide at the church. The church features a nave lit by stained glass windows, a bell tower, Eddy’s unique domed office and the seat from which Eddy taught her last class on Christian Science. Free tours of the church are given Sundays, after 11 a.m. or by appointment. Dermott said one of the most impressive parts of the tour is the stained glass windows, which were designed and made in England before being shipped over to New England. Dermott said the windows each display a biblical scene with iconic characters and objects. 
The church has an unusual bell tower system that uses 15 tubular bells operated by ropes, according to Dermott. The bells are rung periodically throughout the week and can be heard through most of downtown Concord, according to Dermott. 
Eddy donated $100,000 to help build the church and other members collectively donated $150,000. Dermott said that if the church were built today it would cost $6.5 million. The cornerstone was laid in July 1903 and the church was finished a year later in July 1904. The church is furnished mostly by gifts from members of the church from when it was first built, including its large organ system, which guests can see during the tours.
— Ethan Hogan 

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