Connecticut River Heritage Trail

Precision Valley

Tips for your journey 

  • Ask local people about their town or village. You'll find most are proud of their area's heritage and knowledgeable, too.
  • Get out of the car and walk around a village, sit awhile on the common or wander through a cemetery.
  • Look at the notice boards at general stores and post offices.
  • Attend a church supper or other community gathering.
  • Stay overnight or have a meal at an historic inn or bed & breakfast.
  • Visit a local historical society.
  • Remember Robert Frost's admonition: "Take the road less travelled." Back roads often lead to surprising discoveries.

    For more about this region, visit the Connecticut River Byway site for the waypoint communities of Claremont and Windsor.

  • Further Reading - For those wishing to learn more about this region, the following titles are worth seeking out.

    New Hampshire Architecture, Bryant F. Tolles, Jr., University Press of New England, Hanover, NH, 1979.

    The Upper Valley: An Illustrated Tour along the Connecticut River before the Twentieth Century, Jerold Wikoff, Chelsea Green Publishing Co., Chelsea, VT, 1985.

    The Western Regions, New Hampshire: A Visual History ,Linda Morley, The Donning Company, Norfolk, VA, 1989.

    "An Architectural & Historical Walking Tour of Windsor, Vermont" (Available from Historic Windsor, Inc., Windsor House, Main Street, Windsor, VT)

    "In Sight of Ye Great River; History & Houses of Hartland, Vermont," Hartland Historical Society, July 4, 1991.

    Choice White Pines and Good Land; A History of Plainfield and Meriden, New Hampshire, Peter E. Randall, Publisher, Portsmouth, 1991.

    Footprints of the Past: Images of Cornish, New Hampshire & The Cornish Colony, Virginia Reed Colby & James B. Atkinson, New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, NH, 1996.

    The original WPA guides to Vermont (1937) and New Hampshire (1939) are often available from secondhand booksellers and have been reprinted. Despite their dates, they contain much interesting and still useful information. Also, most every town has a town history that is often still in print. Inquire at the local library, historical society or town clerk's office.

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