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Sunrise over the Willey Range as seen from Zeacliff View.

A beautiful day for a post meeting hike: the sounds of rushing water , wind in the trees, great conversation - and lovely silences.

The steep mountain you see from the painting, The Crawford Valley from Mount Willard by Frank Shapleigh, is Mt. Webster. Some hike the A.T. to gain the summit and others choose more direct route called Shoestring Gully.

The inspiration for this image was from a painting featured in the MWM's opening exhibition, Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains. The painting is:

The Gate of the Notch from the House of Thomas Crawford, Alvan Fisher, 1834, Oil on…

The inspiration for this image was from a painting featured in the MWM's opening exhibition, Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains. The painting is:

The Notch House, Frank Shapleigh, 1879, Oil on canvas, 28 x 41 inches, Private…

By the late 1700s, travel through Crawford Notch was established, albeit not by an exceptionally easy route. However, the Notch was important as a vital throughway from the Connecticut River to the seacoast trading centers (notably Portland, ME). …