- Eagle Cliff
This image of Eagle Cliff was taken for the MWM by Lauren Plummer. The contemporary image was put into historical context by MWM scholar, Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine, using Thomas Starr King's 1859 The White Hills: Their Legends, Landscape and Poetry.
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.
“Except in some of the great ravines of the Mount Washington range, which it costs great toil to reach, there is no such exhibition of precipitous rock to be found. And how gracefully it is festooned with the climbing birches, maples, spruces, and vines!”
Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by Thomas Starr King, “Eagle Cliff,” The Cairn, accessed December 12, 2013, http://www.plymouth.edu/the-cairn/items/show/91.