Among the Wonders of Dunbarton are the outstanding vistas from our hills. As the poem below attests, you can see most of New Hampshire from atop our small town.
From Mill's Hill on Route 13 looking north on a clear day one can see all the way to the Franconia Range and Mt. Washington in the White Mountains. Mounts Kearsarge, Sunapee, Ragged and many others are regularly on display as well.
From Burnham Hill to the south, the Uncanoonucs, Joe English Hill, Mt. Monadnock and Crotched Mountain are prominently visible.
Join us Saturday, November 21 at 10 a.m. at Sowle’s Christmas Tree Farm on Route 13 (132 Stark Highway North) for a guided of the view north. In addition, Conservation Commission member Stan Sowle has offered to give us a quick tour of his Christmas tree farm (trees not on sale until Nov. 23). If time allows we’ll later take in the view from Burnham Hill.
If you have binoculars, you may want to bring them along.
by Eleanor Vinton
(Former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire) 1974
These are the mountains from Dunbarton Hill,
The curving Uncanoonoonucs to the south
In Goffstown, where the mountain laurel thrives,
Joe English, in New Boston bears the name
Of an Indian guide whose kindness to the whites
Cost him his life. Monadnocks, Pack and Grand,
You feel McDowell’s music in their shade.
There’s Crotched, now grown famous as the place
Where lame may learn to walk and deaf to hear.
Look to the west, there is Mount Sunapee.
In August, artists, craftsmen gather there.
Kearsarge, landmark of Potter Place and Warner,
A place for picnics and wild blueberries.
There’s Ragged where the skiers congregate.
Now look far off, Cardigan, Moosilauke;
There’s Lafayette, Garfield, the Sandwich Range,
Tripyramid and Whiteface. Farther north,
The tallest one of all, Mount Washington.
Cog railway’s there, and Tuckerman’s Ravine
Where you can ski in June, if you can climb.
Now look for Passaconway, Paugus, Moat, Chocorua, the legendary peak,
Mount Ossipee, the Belknaps. You can see
Most of New Hampshire from Dunbarton Hill.