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August 19, 2009

Here he makes Men

Filed under: history buff, New Hampshire — Tags: , — Miriam @ 8:39 am

People from New Hampshire seem to come in two types. Those who adore their state with a passion and even suggesting a move to a different state draws insults to that other state. And those who can’t stand New Hampshire and move either South or to a real city as soon as they can afford to escape.

My husband is clearly of the first type. The type that is insanely proud of the Live Free or Die motto. Well last weekend, when we were visiting the site of the late “old man of the mountain”, I found a sign that would make that type of New Hampshirite happy.

Ex-Old Man of the Mountain Site“Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades: Shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch; and a dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the mountains of New Hampshire God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there he makes men.”

Unless you consider that the Old Man is no longer there. I’m not sure what that would mean to the quote. Can you see the wires hanging in the air that used to hold up the rocks?

Ex-Old Man of the Mountain Site

Adam’s been up there, he says the cables are huge and he really can understand how much effort it was to keep the Old Man in place the last few years.

Ex-Old Man of the Mountain Site


June 16, 2009

Live Free or Die

Filed under: history buff — Miriam @ 10:13 pm

Stark Park Manchester“Live Free or Die. Death is not the Worst of Evils”

Over 7 years ago I made my first trip to the state of New Hampshire. I was going hiking with my crew team in the White Mountains. One of the most distinct features I noticed on that trip up was the motto on the car license plates “Live Free or Die“. It’s a simple motto, a distinct motto, a mott that represents the attitude of many native to the state. Yet it is a harsh motto compared to Maine’s Vacationland, Ontario’s Yours to Discover, Massachusett’s Spirit of America, Quebec’s Je me souveins.

Live Free or Die is a matter of great pride to many native to New Hampshire. It comes from a toast given by a great New Hampshire Revolutionary war hero called General John Stark in 1809. The picture above comes from the base of the John Stark equestrian statue in Stark Park.  Stark park is one of the many sites in New Hampshire (and around the United States) that celebrate his achievements and life.

I leave you with another famous quote by the hero:

“Yonder are the Hessians. They were bought for seven pounds and tenpence a man. Are you worth more? Prove it. Tonight the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow!”
— John Stark at the Battle of Bennington in 1777

Stark Park Manchester

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