A Bit of History…
“First known as Gilmantown, the town was home to the Gilman family, of which there were twenty-four members receiving land grants. At one time it was the second-largest town in the state, following Portsmouth. A parish first called Averytown, the site of an unprofitable iron-mining enterprise, is still known as Gilmanton Iron Works. Gilmanton was incorporated in 1727 and his Majesty’s Colonial Governor, John Wentworth, signed the Charter on The 20th of May.”
Our population at last check was still under 4000 people. When the wind blows too hard the lights still flicker and that is just the way I like it. It is also the only place in the State of New Hampshire that you can wander around and drink “Adult Beverages and it is not against the law! See why I stay.
It was made famous by author Grace Metalious because of her scandalous book Peyton Place. Some of the characters (whose names were changed to protect the innocent) still live here. Although the book itself is not about Gilmanton Iron Works exclusively, it is based in part on our town and the surrounding area.
The picture above is an aireal view of my little town. I live within walking distance of the lake you can see in the pic. But I prefer a little lake a bit farther down the road as it is less known to the "Invaders" of summer. This beautiful lake is called Manning Lake. I took this while kayaking one Sunday this past October.
I have spent many hours floating peacfully (very buzzed-remember drinking in public is OK!) on this lake. Most of the time joined by these guys. They are not the only "Loons" around, trust me!
And last but not least.. this is my humble abode. I built it ( with Sassy's help and many other friends) for myself and 3 kids in 2000. The first morning there I woke up and let the cats out only to hear one of them scream almost instantly. I ran back to the door and found a very large coyote (size of a big German Shephard) standing on my deck looking in the screen door. He wanted breakfast I suppose. Luckily it was my big old cat (17lbs) and he managed to escape with only a patch of fur missing.
Well that is it for the first installment of Dear Prudence's Meanderings in Peyton Place. I hope you enjoyed it. Bear with me while I figure out the formatting of this Bloggy thing. Peace Out!