|The Nubanusit behind the B&B|
|Harrisville Designs - Mill #1|
|Historic Harrisville's Mill Building|
Here is some of what we learned:
- The Nubanusit
originates at Spoonwood Pond in Nelson and flows through Nubanusit Lake,
Harrisville Pond, Lake Skatutakee, and Edward MacDowell Lake before joining the
Contoocook River in downtown Peterborough and eventually flowing into the Merrimack
River and to the Atlantic.
Kayaking at the Spoonwood Dam
- It falls 700
feet over 15 miles and was once a highly productive river providing power for
numerous woodworking and textile mills. The bigger the drop in water, the
better the potential for power at that location.
- For industry on a larger scale, mills needed
to be able to control the river’s waterflow to make sure there would be
sufficient water flowing during work hours.
To accomplish this, mill owners negotiated with landowners to buy water
flow rights for their properties. (These rights are still in existence today,
along with the responsibility for any maintenance and upkeep needed on the
Macdowell Dam from the water
- Historic Harrisville is looking to bring hydroelectric power back to Harrisville using existing equipment and hopes to significantly reduce energy costs at the Cheshire Mills by replacing purchased electricity with hydro-generated electricity.
It was an interesting talk on a topic we only knew just a little bit about. We now have even greater respect for the river, its mill history, and what it means to the region.
|Nubanusit River with steam|
|Nubanusit River in Downtown Peterborough|