Glen Ellis Falls

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Glen Ellis Falls


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 J. B. Batchelder's 1875 Popular Resorts, and How to Reach Them.

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:

“Glen Ellis Falls are among the most attractive in New Hampshire. They are in the woods at the right of the road, six miles before reaching the Glen House.”


Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by John B. Batchelder


Batchelder, John B. Popular Resorts, and How to Reach Them. 3rd edition. Boston: John B. Batchelder, Publisher, 1875.


Photograph taken 2013; Guidebook published 1875


Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains


Visit the spot where Lauren took this image: 44 9' 34" N 71 13' 0" W



Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by John B. Batchelder, “Glen Ellis Falls,” The Cairn, accessed November 26, 2015,