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Old 09-27-2016, 10:33 AM   #1
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I was browsing through my copy of The Gunstock Parish, by Adair Mulligan and I found the answer to the question I have had for a while now about why a pond in Gilford bears the name of Saltmarsh Pond. The following map is why I thought about it.



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Excerpt from the book: Gilford has only three natural ponds beyond what the beavers and bulldozers provide. Saltmarsh Pond, first known as Chattleborough Pond, drains into Jewett Brook and was named first for Thomas Chattle, who owned property nearby, and then for Thomas Saltmarsh, one of the town's first selectmen who farmed there. Lily Pond and it's associated wetlands, once known for their moose and water lilies, are the source of Black Brook, which flows into Paugus Bay. A hidden jewel of Gilford is Round Pond, protected in a high valley beneath Belknap and Piper mountains near the Gilmanton line. Once called Suncook Ponds, it is one of the sources of the Suncook River, which flows south into the Merrimack.

The following is a close up of Saltmarsh Pond, taken from an 1859 map of Gilford.
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The Gunstock Parish, by Adair Mulligan is one of my absolute favorite lake books. I wish she would write more books about Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding towns. She states there was a lot more history that she could have included in this book.

It can be purchased at many local book stores etc. I picked up my copy years ago at The Belknap Mill. Or it can be purchased at The Thompson Ames Historical Society in Gilford.
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The Gunstock Parish, by Adair Mulligan is one of my absolute favorite lake books. I wish she would write more books about Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding towns. She states there was a lot more history that she could have included in this book.

It can be purchased at many local book stores etc. I picked up my copy years ago at The Belknap Mill. Or it can be purchased at The Thompson Ames Historical Society in Gilford.
I should see Adair next week, I will let her know you'd like more books!!
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I had also wondered about the name of the pond and would never have guessed that a prior owner was named Saltmarsh.

In Alton I had also wondered about the name of Jesus Valley Road.
The dead end gravel road runs uphill with no valley in sight. There are only a few houses and no obvious religious connection. One day I asked a woman who lives on the road about the name. She explained the original farm on the road was owned by a man of Hispanic heritage named Jesus Valle. The road was named after him and years after his passing Valle was changed to Valley. A check at the online registrar of deeds confirmed that one Jesus Valle was once the farm owner.
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mmneck1814, you know her?!!! Please tell Ms. Mulligan that I absolutely love her book, The Gunstock Parish!!! I treasure it. (I have #802) She did an amazing job of writing the history of the area in such an interesting way and it is truly is my favorite lake book. That would be great if you would ask her if she's interested. I would love to read a detailed history of Alton Bay, Wolfeboro, Meredith... You get the idea. Lol. I would be willing to contact the historical societies etc.
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I do know her, she is on a couple of local committees that I work with from time to time. She is very active in local government and conservation efforts in the Upper Valley, both as a volunteer and as Executive Director of the Hanover Conservancy. I will certainly pass along your praise for her great books!
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Please also tell her how incredible it is that she put the history of The Gunstock Parish in one place. I think that's exactly why I hunger for more. She is so excellent.
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