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Hello and welcome to Channel 11 which is managed by me, Sadie Alexa Knight, an INFJ and proud New Hampshire native and resident. Today, I’ll be presenting cool and lesser-known NH facts in a school presentation style including visuals and lots of maps. Since I only like to discuss things I’m personally familiar with, I’ve only included the lesser-known places I’ve personally been to. Most of the photos shown are my own.
Here is today’s itinerary (see timestamps; keep scrolling to view the video on Youtube):
- 0:00 Part 1: New Hampshire General Facts- incorporation
- 1:10 Part 2: New Hampshire State Symbols
- 1:50 Part 3: Cool and Unknown New Hampshire Facts
- 2:24 Section I: Aliens, Cryptids, Witches and Haunted NH Betty and Barney Hill alien abduction, the Exeter UFO incident, Coos County Wood Devil, the Haunting of the Witch Goody Cole
- 7:35 Section II: Space, Education, Sports and Recreation Alan Shepard, Christa McAuliffe, Nansen Ski Jump, Laconia Bike Week, NH Motor Speedway, ivy league Dartmouth College
- 11:48 Section III: Media, Famous People and Literature Jodi Picoult, Dan Brown, Robert Frost, On Golden Pond, Archie Comics, Old Farmer’s Almanac, Adam Sandler, Mary Had a Little Lamb, North Woods Law, Jumanji
- 16:58 Section IV: The Seacoast, Fortresses, Historical Landmarks and Grave Sites Shortest coastline, Odiorne, Navy shipbuilding, Paul Revere, Stonehenge
- 20:37 Section V: The White Mountains, Moose and Native Americans Appalachian Trail, moose spotting, Old Man of the Mountain, Abenaki and Pennacook Indians
- 26:23 Section VI: Rock-hounding and Old-growth Forests Franconia Notch State Park, Sheldrick Forest, Snyder Brook, Fox Forest, Nancy Brook, Moat Mountain, Beryl Mountain, Mt Uncanoonuc
- 30:05 Section VII: True Crime and Satan’s Kitchen Disappearance of Maura Murray, The Allenstown Four/Bear Brook Murders, Connecticut River Valley Serial Killer, Smuttynose/Isle of Shoals/Star Island Axe Murder, Purgatory Falls (where Satan burnt his beans)
- 33:30 Part 4: New Hampshire maps: regions, railroads, state parks, wildlife viewing blinds, mountain notches, covered bridges and old-growth forest (Visit theknight.site/blog to download maps!)
New Hampshire General Facts:
New Hampshire, named after Hampshire, England, was founded in1622 by Captain John Mason and Ferdinando Gorges but it wasn’t until 1623 the first settlers arrived in what is now Portsmouth. New Hampshire became the 9th state on June 21, 1788 as part of the original 13 colonies of the USA. New Hampshire is only 9,400 square miles (give or take) in size with nearly 1.4 million current inhabitants on record, roughly 44,000 of those residing in the capital of Concord. It is one of the 6 New England states in the northeastern United States where the residents are known as New Hampshirites.
Here are some NH state symbols:
Known as The Granite State in which granite is known as the state rock
State motto: Live Free or Die
State gem: smoky quartz which is known in the spiritual world as a good luck stone or ‘the grounding stone’ as it signifies stability, helps in alleviating emotional baggage and is said to improve the general well-being of the stone’s possessor.
State mineral: Beryl
State bird: purple finch
State flower: purple lilac
State animal: white-tailed deer
State tree: white birch
NH Knowns and Unknowns:
New Hampshire is known for many things from zoology and cryptids to sprawling mountain ranges, UFOs, astronauts, skiing, wealth, rural farmland, lakes and forests, a place where the glaciers used to sit, wildlife, impeccable education, low crime, historical landmarks and even its own haunted history.
Here are some cool, generally unknown, facts about the beautiful state of New Hampshire:
Section I: Aliens, Cryptids and Witches
- The first publicized alien abduction: the Betty and Barney Hill alien abduction: Betty & Barney Hill, residents of Portsmouth, saw a UFO in Franconia Notch on September 19 to 20, 1961 on their way back from Niagara Falls in New York. The Hill’s were abducted by a field by the Interstate 93 overpass on Route 3 in Lincoln NH, by a row of twisted sagging apple trees. They underwent hypnosis and were able to recall alien experiments done on them and Betty was even able to draw a map of Zeta Reticuli, a wide binary star system located in Reticulum, a constellation in the southern portion of observed space. Betty and Barney are buried at Greenwood Cemetary in Kingston, NH which is a seacoast town.
- The Exeter Incident: This publicized UFO sighting incident took place on September 3, 1965. Note the date in relation to the Hill incident- both took place in September and both occurred in the early 1960s. The UFO I saw personally with two reliable witnesses was also in the Fall of 2012 in west Manchester toward Goffstown NH. It could have been September but I am not 100%. The Exeter Incident technically took place in Kensington NH, about 5 miles south of Exeter in which Exeter is a major town of the seacoast. A UFO was spotted by a teenage boy and verified by two reputable police officers. This incident caused an air force investigation and was only one of many reportings of UFOs in the Exeter area.
- The Coos County Wood Devil: When it comes to cryptids, NH is no stranger. We may not have Bigfoot but we do have the Wood Devil. The definition of cryptid is an animal claimed to but not proven to exist. Reports of this small Bigfoot impersonator date back to the 1800s but rose in the 1970s. These creatures are said to be tall and thin with gray hairs. They are said to be very shy elusive creatures who hide in the dense forests of Coos county, located in the Great North Woods of NH by the Canadian border. They are so quiet that a person often wouldn’t see or hear them until they were face-to-face with one. The Wood Devil likes to huddle by the bark of trees to camoflauge itself but, once spotted, it lets out a shrieking howl, so piercing it causes the human to flee. Sightings of this cryptid are mostly around the Appalachian Trail and by the Vermont and Canadian borders. The forest here is very dense with many parts so remote that man hasn’t settled there let alone set foot. Sightings have drastically dropped in the recent decades but a recent sighting within the last couple of years (so sometime between 2019-2021) was on the Dummer Pond Trail off Nash Stream Road. A side note for Dummer, NH: this small rural town is located off Route 16 which is a long stretch of road known for moose sightings and being on prime Native American territory.
- Witchery: The Haunting of Goody Cole and the Accusation of Jane Walford: Goody Cole was born Eunice Cole and the only New Hampshire witch ever tried and convicted for witchcraft. She lived on the end of Island Path Road in Hampton Beach, NH. Island Path Road is known to be the most haunted road in the state. Objects have been seen moving on this street along with strange lights and apparitions in the fog. After years of torment by her accusers, she died a lonely miserable death in 1656. It was then the hauntings began. The only physical item that remains to this day in remembrance of Goody Cole is a plaque on a rock on Park Avenue in the seaside town of Hampton. Although she was the only person convicted, Goody was not the only one accused. During the tensions of Massachusetts Puritans taking over government control in southern New Hampshire, several accusations of witchcraft flew around. A Portsmouth resident, Jane Walford, also saw the wrath.
Section II: Space, Education, Sports and Recreation
- First American in Space, Alan Shepard: Alan Shepard from Derry NH was born in 1923 and an astronaut who partook in the space missions of Apollo 14 and Mercury-Redstone 3. Mr. Shepard was the second person and first American to go to space in 1961 and walked on the moon in 1971. He was also a Navy test pilot in WWII.
- First Civilian in Space for NASA’s Teacher in Space Project, Christa McAuliffe: Christa, born a Bostonian, was a Social Studies teacher in the capital, Concord, where she was chosen to be one of the first civilians and the first teacher into space aboard the Challenger. The world watched lift-off as well as her students and her schoolmates. Only 1 minute and 13 seconds after take-off, the shuttle broke apart and all aboard perished. She now rests in peace at Blossom Hill Cemetary in Concord. In honor of both Alan Shepard and Christa McAuliffe, the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord NH where I personally obtained my Associates degree is home to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, also known as the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, which is an air and space education facility.
- The Famous Nansen Ski Jump: This ski jump is located in the northern town of Milan NH and nestled in what is known as Nansen Wayside Park. Directly off Route 16 which you’ll hear a lot about in this video, it was built in 1936 and known as the largest ski tower in the world. It did close in 1988 and now sits dormant.
- The Oldest Motorcycle Rally in the United States: Laconia Motorcycle Week has been around since 1916 and still draws attention nationwide. Laconia is a tourist town nestled on Lake Winnepesaukee where Laconia Bike Week takes place at Weirs Beach on the lone strip and boardwalk. Laconia Bike Week takes place in June every year and Interstate 93 North sucks big ass during this time, so find alternate routes.
- The NH Motor Speedway: This famous race track, who has been hosting NASCAR since 1990, is located in the central NH town of Loudon, directly north of Concord the capital. It is one of the only 29 working NASCAR tracks in the United States and is a one-mile long oval speedway. NH Motor Speedway is also known for hosting the longest-running motorcycle race in North America called the Loudon Classic. Like with Laconia Bike Week mentioned above, this event draws a lot of tourism and traffic especially along Route 106. Those living in towns by Loudon are encouraged to take back roads starting at the Concord/Loudon town line or finding alternate routes on Interstate 93 or winding through the Epsom area. Normally, this route takes much longer but during Race Week when NASCAR fans hoard this pocket of the state it is much shorter.
- Dartmouth College: Dartmouth College is one of the eight Ivy League schools. Better yet, it is known as a private Ivy League research university. It is the ninth-oldest known for higher education. Dartmouth College was the inspiration for the Animal House film as it’s rich in Greek culture. Some noteworthy alumni include Dr. Seuss, Daniel Webster, Robert Frost, and Mr. Rogers (Fred Rogers)
Section III: Media, Famous People & Literature
- The Home of famous authoress Jodi Picoult: Jodi Picoult is a famous author who resides in the quaint town of Hanover nestled in the Dartmouth region of New Hampshire which is the northern pocket of central-northwest NH. She is best known for My Sister’s Keeper, a novel that was placed on the silver screen in the movie of the same name starring Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin, Plain Truth, The Storyteller and The Tenth Circle. She is a graduate of both Princeton and Harvard.
- The Davinci Code by Dan Brown: Dan Brown is a renowned author who resides in the fancy seacoast town of Rye. He also taught English at the famous ritzy private school Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, one of the schools the Olsen twins toured and contemplated attending. His home is a beautiful grand stone mansion and his net worth is roughly $160 million. Dan Brown is one of the most well-known and richest authors currently.
- Robert Frost, the Poet: Robert Frost, of Derry NH, the same place as astronaut Alan Shepard, is a famous poet. Mister Frost was born in 1874 and died in the winter of 1963. His farm homestead still stands in Derry and sees few tourists. He attended Dartmouth College and left his mark with his most popular poem The Road Not Taken about taking the roads less traveled. Inspired by nature, he died in nature and now rests at Old Bennington Cemetary in nearby Bennington, Vermont.
- On Golden Pond: On Golden Pond is a 1981 film starring Henry and Jane Fonda and Katherine Hepburn and written by Ernest Thompson. It was filmed on Big Squam Lake and Little Squam Lake in Grafton County. This lake is in the town of Holderness in the upper Lakes Region and lower White Mountains. This is where I live currently. We are known for the Squam Lakes Science Center where you can walk through the woods and see coyotes and wolves in their natural habitat.
- Bob Montana and the Archie Comics: Bob Montana died in the state of New Hampshire in 1975 and was known as the creator of the Archie Comics, starring Betty, Veronica, Archie and Jughead. There is currently a bench starring characters of the famous comics located in Meredith NH which is nearby to my town of Holderness and located in the Lakes Region in Belknap County which is adjacent to Grafton County. The well-known TV show Riverdale is based off the Archie Comics.
- Old Farmers Almanac: The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a known pamphlet said to accurately predict weather and weather patterns nationwide. Robert B Thomas was the almanac’s first editor and his formula for his predictions lay safely tucked in a black tin box at the Almanac office in the town of Dublin NH which is in Cheshire County.
- Adam Sandler Birthplace: Adam Sandler, famous actor, was born in the bustling city of Manchester, NH. Well, as bustling as any NH city gets which is not very much so. Manchester is in southern NH and is the states largest and most populated city. It is dubbed The Queen City or Manchvegas by locals. Of course, Adam no longer lives here but he did attend Central High School which is in my son Cypress’ neighborhood.
- Mary Had a Little Lamb: This kid’s nursery rhyme was written by a Newport lady named Sarah Josepha Hale, an author.
- North Woods Law on Animal Planet: This docu-series on the Animal Planet films here as of 2017. Previously, it filmed in the state of Maine. It features the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department and is a good representation of the nature and wildlife abundant in the state.
- Jumanji: This popular blockbuster starring the late Robin Williams was filmed in the southwestern, political, college town of Keene. This part of the state is less populated than the central and southern regions, features quaint hillsides with windmills and a ton of farm land. Keene is the only thing resembling a city in southwest NH.
Section IV: The Seacoast, Fortresses, Historical Landmarks & Grave Sites
- Shortest coastline of all seacoast states: There are 30 coastal states, 14 of them being on the Eastern seaboard. New Hampshire is the state that takes the trophy for having the shortest coastline. Much of this coastline is on a strip of slim road called Ocean Boulevard, much of the boulevard displaying sprawling green lawns and stately mansions in which a local real estate organization named Tate and Foss seems to land the accounts of the houses being sold on Ocean Boulevard and other prominent nearby areas. The most popular beach and the only one with a boardwalk is Hampton. Every June, Hampton Beach hosts the annual Seafood Festival alongside the Sandcastle Competition. You may recognize the towns of Hampton and Hampton Beach from earlier on while discussing the persecuted witch Goody Cole.
- Odiorne Point: Odiorne Point is located in Rye NH, where Dan Brown the author resides. The oldest cemetary statewide is located within Odiorne Point State Park. Although this oceanside state park is well known, the inner parts of it aren’t. Not everybody travels away from the Seacoast Science Center and the drowned ancient forest (AKA sunken forest) off Odiorne Point visible during low tide. Inside Odiorne Point State Park are ample trails where you’ll pass through forest, old stone wall property boundaries, old carriage roads, the cemetary, secret fields of ghost pipe plants, old lobster and crab traps left behind by olden day fishermen, and remnants of old forts and bunkers. There’s plenty of viewing lookouts, picnic spots and swimming holes in the ocean. Much of the swimming holes on this part of the coast are nurseries where you’ll find a variety of baby fish, hermit crabs and other sea critters, as well as tide pools.
- 1st Navy shipbuilding yard: The USA’s first Navy shipbuilding yard was in Portsmouth in the early 1800s.
- Paul Revere’s Seaside Ride: Paul Revere is best known for riding through the streets of Boston to warn of the oncoming British. Before he rode through Boston, he had ridden his horse through the streets of New Castle, now a modern day rich town by Portsmouth, to warn of an attack on Fort William and Mary
- America’s Stonehenge and the Underground Railroad: America’s Stonehenge is located in the southern populated town of Salem NH. It is an archaeological site famous for its sacrificial table, impressive stone and links to astronomy. This site boasts a sundial of impeccable accuracy and historical sites where manacles of slaves from the Underground Railroad were discovered. Only 14 of the 50 US states have direct history with this famous secret passageway for slaves to traverse and New Hampshire is one of those states. Jonathan Pattee was a farmer and abolitionist who lived on the site on what is also known as Mystery Hill.
Section V: The White Mountains, Moose and Native Americans
- The Appalachian Trail: The 2,000+ mile trail known as the AT runs through 14 states in the US, NH being one. The NH White Mountains, specifically the Presidential Range where the famous and infamous Mount Washington stands over 6,000 feet tall, is known as the toughest part of the trail. This is mainly why most hikers choose to hike northbound starting at the southern terminal in Georgia at Springer Mountain, this way they develop ‘hiker legs’ by the time they reach the Presidentials and so they’re nice and strong by the time they reach the northern terminus at Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park in northern Maine. The AT can be recognized by trailheads listing The Appalachian Trail or trails with a distinct marker with the letters A and T. Hikers who hike portions of the AT are section hikers and those that hike the entirety are through-hikers. Trail magic are treats left by kind strangers for the hikers and are much appreciated once hiker hunger kicks in. The strangers who leave that trail magic are called ‘trail angels’.
- Moose: Only 19 of the 50 states have moose. The USA moose population is estimated to be at 300,000 or so, with Alaska having the biggest population. The moose in New Hampshire about 3,000 strong aren’t common sightings but areas with known sightings are in the Great North Woods; the upper White Mountains; Route 16 toward 13 Mile Woods and Umbagog Wildlife Refuge; small pockets of the White Mountains like the Kancamagus from Bear Notch Road to Lincoln, Pinkham Notch and Dixville Notch; the western White Mountains by the Maine border; and northwest portions of the state. Speaking of the aforementioned Kancamagus Highway, everybody in NH knows about this scenic byway. I wish more knew about the spots off the logging roads off of Bear Notch Road headed toward Bartlett and Conway. Kancamagus Highway is better known as The Kanc and is a 32-mile long strip over a mountain with 9% inclines with zero stores or gas stations, so gas up before you jump on The Kanc. The word Kancamagus, FYI, is named after the Pennacook Chief, Kancamagus. His grandson was Passaconaway. Stay tuned- we’re getting to these guys in a minute.
- The Old Man of the Mountain: Also known as The Great Stone Face or The Profile, this stone profile on the face of Cannon Mountain was a well-known state staple. It is located in the same area the Hill abduction occured- Franconia Notch. It was featured on the New Hampshire license plate and the stone face fell off in blocks starting at the chin on May 3rd 2003. It was all over the news, NH natives were bumming and monuments were erected at the site to remember the old man New Hampshirites and tourists had grown to adore. Franconia Notch you will recognize from earlier on in this video whilst discussing the Hill alien abduction. FYI- Franconia Notch rests on Interstate 93 and has a ton of viewing spots, rest areas and recreational things to do for both families with kids and avid outdoorsmen.
- Native Americans: Nationwide there are numerous tribes of natives. In the northeast, this fact remains true. In New Hampshire, there were two major tribes with Algonquin being the main language- the Abenaki and the Western Pennacooks. Personally, I lived in a town called Penacook which is right on top of the capital of Concord and attended Merrimack Valley High School, our mascot being the Indian but this was changed this decade due to politically correct SJWs who took offense for no reason. My basement was a dirt basement with a pile of boulders in the corner. The house was haunted. Ghost hunters, hit me up for an address to do your ghost hunting because 100% you will find a restless spirit there- firstname.lastname@example.org. NH has a thick history and many rivers, lakes, mountains, towns and other locales have been named with Indian words. For example, the Kancamagus Highway we discussed is one of those words. As discussed previously, Kancamagus was the grandfather of Passaconaway who was known as being a wise magical one. Passaconaway lived in modern day Concord. Today, this location is called Sugar Ball Bluff which barely anyone knows about. Even Google doesn’t pull up a lot. Another famous Indian from NH was The Lone Indian of the Magalloway in the Great North Woods. He was said to jump on the back of a sleeping moose then went for a wild ride in the dense woods. He was wise, mystical and named Metallak. His gravesite sits in the remote town of Stewartstown in a secret spot.
Section VI: Rock-hounding and Old-growth Forests
- Franconia Notch State Park: Franconia Notch State Park is an old-growth or first-growth forest featuring ancient trees, mainly northern hardwood Spruce. These are trees never lumbered or forested and the area resembles the habitat as seen before Europeans settled here. Some sections of this forest are very pristine and rarely-traveled through.
- Sheldrick Forest Preserve, Wilton: This 227-acre forest preserve in the quaint town in southwest NH of Wilton features narrow trails through an ancient forest. Some trees reach upwards of over 200 feet!
- Snyder Brook Scenic Area, Randolph: This old-growth forest sits adjacent to a second-growth forest so comparing the two is quite a trip. It is 36 acres with trails, a brook and a waterfall. It also sits on a rail trail. Common huge trees found here are Hemlock, Spruce, White Pine and Beech.
- Caroline Fox State Research and Demonstration Forest, Hillsborough: Also known as Fox Forest. With almost 1,500 acres to explore, there’s also a farm on site as well as the Henry Ives Baldwin Forestry Education Center. Mr. Baldwin is a researcher whose passion blessed the forest with exotic and native tree plantations. This is a heavily-trafficked trail common for hikers, hunters and cross-country skiers.
- Nancy Brook Research Natural Area, Hart’s Location: This is the largest old-growth forest in the state decorated with stately red spruce. Of all the old-growth forests in New Hampshire- and keep in mind this is not a comprehensive list but only a few- the trails in this forest are the toughest. It has rough spots and stream crossings to maneuver so heads-up. This forest is known to bird-watchers.
- Gems: New Hampshire has a wide variety of gems and minerals, a handful of private and public digging sites, and plenty of mines to explore. Gems and minerals found here are: quartz, beryl, fluorite, amethyst, albite, gold, garnet, topaz, tourmaline, aquamarine, and even white diamonds. There are many spots in NH for rockhounding in which we’ll go through in a future video about Cool and Possibly Unknown NH State Gems and Places to Visit. Most of these gems are found within our granite and in pegmatite deposits. If you need a few right now to get you by until I make that video, you can dig at Moat Mountain in Conway, Beryl Mountain in South Acworth or Mount Uncanoouc in Goffstown. You can even hop next door to Maine and try Deer Hill in Stow. They have a kick-ass wildlife viewing blind at the Deer Hill Bog too that we’ll be talking about in the Cool Places to Visit in NH video. Of course, we’ll be mentioning some of Maine and Vermont in it too, maybe Massachusetts but probably not or not so much.
Section VII: True Crime
- Disappearance of Maura Murray: Maura Murray disappeared on February 9, 2004, after crashing her car on Route 112 Wild Ammonoosuc Road in Haverhill NH. Ammonoosuc is a word from the closeby Ammonoosuc River. Haverhill is a White Mountain town close to the Kancamagus Highway and the towns of Lincoln, Bartlett and Conway. To date, no word on Maura’s whereabouts has been revealed. In late 2021, human bone fragments were found on Loon Mountain in Lincoln and the public speculated they could belong to Maura. As I knew they weren’t, they were not her bones. The bones dated back from the 1700s to the mid 1940s so there is no possibility they are Mauras. In order for Maura to get from Haverhill to Lincoln, she would’ve had to hitch a ride or gone over the Kancamagus Highway.
- The Allenstown Four/ The Bear Brook Murders: The Allenstown four are four female murder victims found in metal barrels strewn about on the forest floor in Bear Brook State Park in the south-central town of Allenstown. Two bodies were found in 1985 and the remaining two found in 2000. The only viable suspect was serial killer Terry Rasmussen, AKA Bob Evans who passed away in 2010.
- The Connecticut River Valley Serial Killer: A serial killer was said to roam the waterways of the Connecticut River around Claremont NH in the 1980s. The Connecticut River runs along the New Hampshire/Vermont border. To date, there are no suspects and the killer is still unidentified and possibly roaming free. He killed at least seven people.
- The Smuttynose Axe Murders: Also known as the Isle of Shoals Murders. On March 6, 1873 two Norweigan women were axed to death. A man by the name of Louis Wagner was accused of the bloody killings and sent to a prison in Alfred, Maine to carry out his sentence.
- Satan’s Wrath: Satan was said to visit many locales in New Hampshire, Purgatory Falls in Lyndeborough, Wilton and Mont Vernon being one of those places. You may recognize the town of Wilton from the old-growth Sheldrick Forest mentioned in Section VI. Purgatory Falls is a trail system via Purgatory Brook Trail. Purgatory Falls, a waterfall, is known as the kitchen most used by Satan as per legend. He ruined a pot of beans , thus the area becoming known as The Devil’s Kitchen. Along the trails, one will also see remnants like old equipment and stone walls from the old dam that used to operate on site. This trail has lots of moss that covers stunning quartz and swamps so it gets pretty slick here. Some parts of the trail are tougher than other with climbs over slippery boulders and roots.
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Thanks so much for tuning into this super long video about cool and possibly unknown facts about New Hampshire. Hope you enjoyed it. Don’t forget to subscribe if you’re interested in checking out my upcoming video on cool and mainly unknown places to visit or for some INFJ stuff. Until next time, your lady Sadie signing off. Stay tuned for maps! Visit theknight.site/blog to download.