Wild scenery in the neighborhood of the Glen House
- Wild scenery in the neighborhood of the Glen House
This image of Glen Ellis Falls was taken for the MWM by Lauren Plummer. The contemporary image was put into historical context by MWM scholar, Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine, using S. C. Eastman's 1865 The White Mountain Guide Book.
Nineteenth-century guidebooks provided quite different information from today’s tourist information. Seldom did the books provided directions to a site since it was expected that tourists would hire guides. The earliest ones included literary references for each site; all nineteenth-century guidebooks presented long, vivid descriptions, even as author John Spaulding noted that “words cannot describe faithfully the magnificent scenery” of the White Mountains.
Glen Ellis Falls:
“This cataract is one of the interesting features of the wild scenery in the neighborhood of the Glen House. Carriages run regularly from the hotel to carry visitors…. It is very easy access from the point where you leave the wagon, though it requires nearly half an hour, with ladies, to reach it…. the sound does not prepare a stranger for the startling view upon which the forest path suddenly opens.” “The spot where it pours is more wild, and combines more of the elements of loneliness, untamableness [sic], lawless beauty, and strong contrasts of features, than any other spot in the White Mountain region.”
Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by S. C. Eastman, “Wild scenery in the neighborhood of the Glen House,” The Cairn, accessed January 29, 2015, http://www.plymouth.edu/the-cairn/items/show/77.