Walk Back in Time to Lebanon’s Mill Parcel (4/05)

Join the Lebanon Historical Society for a history and nature walk at the Mill Parcel, a City-conserved park on the banks of the Mascoma River, just off the Northern Rail Trail in East Lebanon.

The walk is scheduled for Monday, May 2, from 5:45 to 8 p.m. The meeting place will be the steps of Lebanon City Hall, with carpooling to the limited-access parking area. If weather is inclement at noon on May 2, the rain date will be Monday, May 9. See http://www.LebanonNH.org for cancellation information.

The Mill Parcel presents unique examples of geological, biological, and human history, offers myriad recreational and opportunities along the Mascoma River, and has been permanently conserved by the City of Lebanon.

Walkers will see the bridge abutments and remnants of an 18th-century slate mill that became the Emerson Edge Tool Co., and subsequently a bobbin mill before it was abandoned about fifty years ago. If time permits, the group will walk along the Rail Trail to view remnants of the railroad itself.

The site is mostly level, although there is a 200-foot walk down a moderate slope to get there, so hiking poles might be good to have. Also, there are stairs at the site. The Rail Trail is flat, but it may be muddy in places. Be ready for very early season blackflies, too … and just remember the early settlers endured them as well.

The Lebanon Historical Society preserves and promotes the heritage of Lebanon, New Hampshire – its prominent citizens, special places, and memorable events – and also supports historical scholarship. The Society Web site is located at: www.lebanonnh.org. Heritage news from Upper Valley organizations is also available at: http://www.lebanonnh.org.

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