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Historical Walking Trail - Pittsfield NH

 

Pittsfield, New Hampshire, the "Gem of the Suncook Valley," was first settled by John Cram in 1768. Originally a part of Chichester, it was incorporated in 1782 with a population of approximately 518 people. It enjoyed steady growth except during the Civil War when most of its men left for the battlefield. The post war era was one of the most important in the Town's history. It brought the telegraph, telephone, railroad and a local newspaper. Between 1870-90 its population increased nearly 63%. It was during this period that many of the governmental buildings and business establishments were constructed. Most remain today and form the heart of Pittsfield's Historic Trail.

 

Pittsfield's Historic Walking Trail

 

 1.  The trail begins at Frank Lyman Park the site of the old Yellow Block apartment building. The park which now exists on this spot was erected entirely by volunteers in honor of the local industrialist and benefactor, Frank Lyman. The rough granite in the wall was mined in Pittsfield while the cut granite came from Concord. The canopy over the kiosk is a replica of the race track starter's stand at the old Pittsfield Fair.

 

 The Queen Anne style "Yellow Block"  erected in 1883, was originally 30' x 40' and two stories high. Another story was added later as were side additions. For decades it was painted yellow and thus its name. Gradually it fell into disuse, was purchased by the town in 1992 and was razed in 1995.

 

Yellow Block c1900

Yellow Block c1900

 

 2.  Further down Carroll Street is Cram Avenue. The four brick buildings in Second Empire style were constructed by Charles T. Cram, great grandson of Pittsfield founder John Cram, with bricks manufactured locally. Distinctive are the "French" or Mansard roofs which were becoming popular at the time.

 

 3.  Next on the Trail is the site of the old Mayett and Globe Buildings. The plaza was designed by the Historical Society in cooperation with Rite Aid. The bricks in the walkway were taken from the old Globe Building.

 

 The Mayett Hotel, erected in 1891, was owned and operated by a woman, Mrs. Marietta Tallant, a rather unusual circumstance at the time. She was the daughter of one of the largest landowners in Pittsfield, Sir Moses D. Perkins. A sign on the side of the building advertised that it was heated by steam and thus its nickname, Hotel Steam Heat. Mrs. Tallant died in 1919 and the hotel, falling into disuse, was razed in 1930.

 

Mayett Hotel c1910

Mayett Hotel c1910

 

 The Globe Manufacturing Building, designed by architect William A. Butterfield,  was erected behind the hotel in 1922. C. F. H. Freese purchased a leather manufacturing business in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1901 for $350 and brought it to Pittsfield. The company first advertised waterproof clothing for firemen the following year and within three years had tripled its business. Emblazoned on the roof of the new building in large letters was the word "Pittsfield". On July 25, 1927 Charles A. Lindberg, enroute to Concord, used the landmark to verify his course. The lettering was removed during World War II.

 

Globe Building c1956

Globe Building c1956

 

 4.  Across the street in Aranosian Park is a sign commemorating the Suncook Valley Railroad built in 1869. The Depot stood to the southeast near where the concrete block building is now located and the round table, used for reversing the direction of the train, and engine house were located on the site of the grocery store to the north. Immediately after its construction a building boom took place in Pittsfield and the town became the economic hub of the area. The railroad hauled farm products, lumber and the U. S. mail until its closing in 1952. It also hauled large quantities of blueberries, hence its nickname, the "Blueberry Express".

 

Pittsfield Depot c1900

Pittsfield Depot c1900

 

 


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This trail data/booklet was prepared by Larry Berkson, President of the Pittsfield Historical Society.  Without his diligence this material would not be available.

 

 

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