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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2006

Patricia Blevens
NH Division of Historical Resources
Pat.Blevins@dcr.nh.gov
603.271.3559

200th State Highway Historical Marker Dedication - Wildwood

(Easton, NH) - The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources announces the dedication of the 200th New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker in Easton at 11:00am, Friday, June 9th, 2006 at the intersection of Tunnel Brook Road and Route 112. The marker celebrates Wildwood, a former settlement in Easton that was the center of the "slash and run" logging of Mt. Moosilauke at the turn of the 20th century.

The marker was submitted by Eunice Woods, who spent her childhood summers in the old schoolhouse in Wildwood, which her grandfather purchased in 1927 as a summer vacation home. She has many recollections of the Wild Ammonoosuc River Loggers who visited her grandfather's general store and, as one of the last living links (if not the last living link) to this period of time and activity, countless stories passed along to her by Wildwood's old timers.

Mrs. Woods, who left New Hampshire for Florida some time ago, was not aware that the marker was approved until she was reached by Bob Thibeault, the Town Clerk of Easton a few months ago. "It wasn't easy finding her", said Mr. Thibeault. "I knew her way back when and knew she didn't live here any longer, but no one seemed to know where she was. It took someone in town who exchanged Christmas cards with her to track her down." Mrs. Woods had returned to New Hampshire last June for a memorial service for her late husband and had already planned to return to the state annually with her family. Mr. Thibeault phoned Mrs. Woods to tell her of the dedication of the Marker this June. "When I got her number in Florida, I just called her up and told her that the State of New Hampshire was looking for her", Mr. Thibeault said with a laugh. And it went on from there. "Mrs. Woods will indeed be in Easton for the dedication ceremony next week", added Jim McConaha, Director of the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, "And we couldn't be more thrilled that this historic milestone in the marker program will honor Eunice and the history of Wildwood."

Also in Attendance for the Ceremony will be Councilor Ray Burton, to whom Mrs. Woods initially submitted the marker request, State Architectural Historian James Garvin, and Patricia Blevens and Emily Paulus from the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, as well as local officials and friends of Eunice.

Following the ceremony a reception will be held at the Easton Town Hall on Route 116, just a few miles from the marker site. Friends, neighbors and residents are all invited.

The 200th Historical Highway Marker reads:

WILDWOOD

“In this area of Easton (formerly part of Landaff and before that, Lincoln), the settlement of Wildwood once stood. At the turn of the 20th century Wildwood was a center for the "slash and run" logging of Mt. Moosilauke. The village included a school, a post office, several sawmills, a boardinghouse and a few homes. West of here was a dam used in the spring drives that moved logs down the Wild Ammonoosuc River, from the mountains to southern New England mills. The last log drive on the river occurred in 1911. From 1933 to 1937, the first CCC camp authorized in NH was located at Wildwood.”

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources (DHR) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) are responsible for the state's historical highway marker program and any municipality, agency, organization or individual may propose a marker to commemorate significant New Hampshire places, persons, or events. The DHR may also solicit suggestions for markers, texts, and proposed locations from other agencies, organizations and the public. For more information, please contact the NH Division of Historical Resources, 19 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301-3570. Contact the DHR at 603.271.3483, or by email at Pat.Blevens@dcr.nh.gov.

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