Gilmanton's Greatest Views - For Everyone, Forever!

George Twigg III Properties: NH Route 107, Meetinghouse Rd., & Loon Pond Rd.

(In conjunction with Five Rivers Conservation Trust and the Gilmanton Conservation Commission)

 

              

     Piling hay the traditional way, on the Meetinghouse Pond tract.  (Photo: Tom Howe)

 

Here's what your friends and neighbors have to say!

 

Please read the following two touching letters we've recently received.  Each letter was accompanied by a generous contribution!

 

Dear Mr. Twigg,

While I have not been back to Loon Pond for quite some time, I just need to close my eyes to be there during the summers of my youth. As you may remember, the Perkins Family spent decades on the shores of the pond. From the moment we crested Frisky Hill in our station wagon to the dip of the sun above Gardner’s Cove we all relished our carefree summers, so it is with great pleasure that I’m able, in a small way, to help preserve it. My father and grandfather (who built our cottage) would be delighted too.

Sincerely,

Mary Perkins

From a letter written to George Twigg by Gilmanton resident Anne Onion:

For 21 years now I have been commuting out of Gilmanton south on Route 107 over Frisky Hill to my job—first in Barnstead, now in Northwood.  I never tire of the magnificent view of the Belknaps over your land:  the sunrising often in the morning, the new spring green, fall colors, or winter snows sometimes just on the hilltops.  To have this preserved for posterity is so wonderful that I cannot summon adequate superlative words!

The view over the hayfields to Loon Pond and Kearsarge beyond is likewise dear to me—whether in summer anticipation of a swim at the pond, or in winter admiration of the sunsets beyond the view.  And, of course, in our new house on Meetinghouse Road, in my ramblings with Baxter, our golden retriever, I have particularly appreciated wending my way through the woods to the “Twigg Field.”  The beautiful silhouette of the barn and solitary birch at one end, or the rosy clouds of sunset over the Pond if I’m walking in the other directions—all have fed my insatiable love for the natural beauties of all seasons. 

Again no amount of “thankyous” can express our gratitude for the conservation of these special places in Gilmanton.  Thank you all so very much!

 

It is my pleasure to make a contribution to the Gilmanton Land Trust for the purpose of supporting "Gilmanton's Greatest Views - For Everyone, Forever!"

I moved to Laconia in 1977, after graduating college.  My parents live in Pittsfield, and I have been traveling between for the past 35 years.  Nearly every Sunday for those years, I have traveled to Pittsfield for a traditional ‘Sunday dinner.’  Furthermore, in 1985 I was employed by the Pittsfield School District so have traveled five more days a week to get to work.  Six days a week, every week, across Rt. 107, up and down Frisky Hill.

People often ask me how I tolerate the drive…The answer has always been easy—the views! Not a week goes by that I don’t stop, either on the way to Pittsfield to take in an early morning sunrise or on the way back to Laconia for a fantastic sunset.  One of my fondest memories is when I was traveling home one night and saw an incredible exposure of the Northern Lights on top of Frisky Hill.

After my daughter was born in 1985, she of course accompanied me to my parents’ home in Pittsfield on Sundays.  Coming home on Sunday evenings, we would often see a wonderful sunset.  I became accustomed to saying to my infant daughter ‘Gorgeous—a gorgeous sunset.’  Well, after the usual first words of ‘mama’ and ‘dada,’ her next word was ‘gorgeous!’  To this day—she is now 26—as I travel down over the north side of Frisky Hill, I think of my baby saying ‘gorgeous,’ marking the beginning of her appreciation for our precious earth.

It would be a very sad day for all of us if this land was sold and developed.  I genuinely appreciate your effort to save these tracts of land…”

-Tobi Gray Chassie, Laconia, NH

 

“Please find enclosed a check…which is a gift to the “Gilmanton’s Greatest Views” Campaign made in memory of my father, Joe Urner.  My father loved Gilmanton and certainly would have supported your efforts to protect its magnificent views.  I am proud to carry on this tradition of conservation in his name.”

- Katharine A. Urner-Jones     (Katharine's father, Joe Urner, served on GLT's Board of Directors for many years)

 

From a letter written to George Twigg by Gilmanton residents Mickey and Candace Daigle:

“…we both wanted to take a moment to express our thanks to you for your willingness to provide an opportunity for Gilmanton to preserve these parcels with their unique qualities.  We would guess that there will never be another opportunity to preserve, all in one package, so many of the most significant key aesthetic properties that exhibit the true character of the community.  So many of us have taken for granted such properties our whole lives and the thought that they might be otherwise “lost” from the fabric of our community is very sobering.”

 

“Thank you for your work in preserving Gilmanton’s Greatest Views for Everyone—Forever!  I am one of the many who enjoy pulling over the car on Rt. 107 to take in the glorious vista of fields, sky and mountains!  It is so wonderful that this will be available for generations to enjoy without trespassing!”

-Mary Ellen Siudut, Pittsfield, NH

 

Past Projects:

(In conjunction with the Gilmanton Conservation Commission and/or Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests)

Jones Farm Conservation Area & Charles E. Tassé Trail System (2001)

This 119 acre conservation area is located on Loon Pond Rd. and has frontage on Loon Pond.  Most of the property is open to the public for pedestrian access via a marked trail network, and there is a small parking area and information kiosk on Loon Pond Rd.

Cogswell Mountain Conservation Area (2002)

The first 189 acre tract of this conservation area was conserved in 2001, and the second tract of 104 acres was protected in 2003.  Both tracts are open to the public for pedestrian uses, and see frequent use as they are located near the Gilmanton School and Year-Round Library.  Snowmobile use is allowed on the mapped trail network.  In recent years an additional 225 acres have been added to the CMCA.  Parking is available at the school, library, and on Lou Lane.

Perkins Farm Tracts (2003)

Conservation easements on these two tracts of 15.5 and 14.5 acres, formerly part of the Perkins Farm, were purchased by the Gilmanton Land Trust in 2003.  Public pedestrian access is guaranteed on both parcels.  The 14.5 acre tract has frontage on Perkins Rd., while the 15.5 acre parcel abuts, and is part of, the Cogswell Mountain Conservation Area.

Bingham Farm Conservation Area (2005)

Conservation and trail easements on this 38 acre parcel off of Province Rd. (NH Rte. 107) were granted by the developer during the subdivision of the former Bingham Farm.  Public pedestrian access is guaranteed, and snowmobile access is allowed on the mapped trail.  The conservation area abuts the Ayers Brook Town Forest II.

Zarta Conservation Area (2006)

This 24.5 acre conservation area off of Griffin Rd. was the result of an open space subdivision.

William Webster Memorial Forest (2007)

This 9.1 acre conservation area has significant frontage on NH Rte. 129, on Brown's Pond, and on Sanborn Hill Rd.  The conservation easement was a gift from Danny Webster in memory of his father, and includes the former Schoolhouse Town Forest.  Public pedestrian access is guaranteed.

Bacon Water Resources Lot (2007, 2011)

This 2.5 acre parcel on Pine Circle has been conserved because of its location over the highest-yielding aquifer in Gilmanton.

Fernwood Farm Conservation Area (2011)

This 49 acre conservation easement on Stage Rd. was a gift from Paula Gilman to the Town of Gilmanton to conserve family land.

Andrew J. & Anne M. Bartlett Family Forest (2011)

The Bartlett's have donated conservation easements on two parcels, one of 39 acres on Lougee Rd., and one of 116 acres on Griffin Rd.  Public pedestrian access is guaranteed on the larger parcel.