A History of Union, New Hampshire (USA)
Louis E. Tibbetts
Chapter 9 - Summary
In covering the area between Laskey's Corner and Hutchin's Crossing, a distance of about four miles, we have crossed over two hundred years of history. Since the year 1775, when the first white settlers arrived in this area, to settle beside the clear, unpolluted Branch River, amidst an undisturbed conifer and maple forest, much has changed. The early settlers were, by necessity, a hardy and ingenious lot. Starting from virgin forest, clearing land for planting and grazing, then building dams to utilize water power for grist mills and lumber mills, was hard work. Later came other supporting industries, shoe shops, blacksmiths, stores, and an amazing number of hotel and boarding rooms, as the area grew and prospered, and served as a gateway to the White Mountains and Lakes District. It was a hard life, but they enjoyed their freedom, and were ready to lay down their lives to protect it.
Before 1850, New England was the "garden of villages". John Adams felt that the meeting house, school house, and military field were the scenes where New England men were formed. Fences and outhouse were the same style as house, neat and tidy. The blacksmith was as essential as the miller and the keeper of the general store.
When I die, you will find engraved upon my heart these haunting words of Thomas Hutchinson, the last royal governor of the province of Massachusetts Bay, penned in exile to a friend as he grieved for the land he loved:
"New England has a warmth and fondness that people return to again and again. They may never want to live there, for the climate is more bracing than clement, but they are attracted by its aura of past greatness, a half-forgotten memory of an age when high principles were taken for granted, and a man lived close to nature and to God."
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