Thursday Doors

Welcome to the north country and the tiny town of Landaff, New Hampshire. Landaff was where my grandparents called home. It covers a mere 28 miles, and the 2010 census recorded 415 residents.

Mount Hope Grange 272

I went to many dinners, plays, and my grandparents’ 50th anniversary at this Grange Hall. It was the center of the community.

“In Essentials, Unity; In Non-Essentials, Liberty; In All Things, Charity.”

Right next to the Grange/Town Hall is the Church which includes a WWII memorial roll that lists my three uncles that served in WWII.

It is always bittersweet go come back home for a visit.

Historical Trivia:

  • Landaff was first chartered by the King of England in 1764 after the French and Indian War but then was granted to Dartmouth College in 1770 with the goal of creating a settlement and the promotion of “learning and religion”. In 1791, Dartmouth College begrudgingly relinquished all claims to Landaff and focused on constructing a college further south along the Connecticut River.
  • Landaff was part of Vermont – twice!
  • From the 1820s to the Civil War, small industry flourished with 6 bobbin mills along Mill Brook, starch mills, sawmills and at one time 4 post offices.
  • The Order of Patrons of Husbandry, commonly known as the Grange, was founded in 1867 by seven men, one of whom was the Superintendent of Propagating Gardens in the Department of Agriculture.
  • There are 23 Granges within 25 miles of my home.
  • The 152nd Annual Convention of the National Grange is being hosted by the Northeast Region in Stowe, Vermont November 13 – 17, 2018

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors for June 14, 2018.

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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34 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Suzanne says:

    Ah…the bittersweet taste of a hometown visit. I can’t imagine a 152nd annual meeting of anything. How special. I hope you will be attending.

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  2. I love these old buildings! How lucky you are to be able to return there for a visit.

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  3. Murphy's Law says:

    You must’ve loved being at your grandparents as a child….Landaff sounds like a wonderful place. I can understand that a visit there is bittersweet, but hopefully it was mostly sweet.

    For such a tiny town, they have a big history. They continue to survive because these small towns don’t lose sight of what’s important, like remembering their fallen heroes.

    I’m glad you visited yesterday and connected with a part of your history.
    πŸ”Ή Ginger πŸ”Ή

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  4. KerryCan says:

    My goodness–I love that town motto! We could all learn a lot from it, right about now, I’m afraid.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    My home town has a similar feel. It is bittersweet revisiting a place of personal history, feeling the roll of time. Our grange was saved by the locals for a community gathering place as there are no longer enough farmers to have a society. I had my wedding reception there, in fact!

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  6. Laurie Graves says:

    Lovely post, Judy. Lots of ghosts for you. I’m with Kerry. I thought exactly the same thing when the town motto, especially the bit about charity. What an uncharitable country we have become.

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  7. Ally Bean says:

    I’ve seen Grange Halls but had no idea what that meant. Thanks for the enlightenment. I like your photos of a way of life that seems so quaint by today’s worldly standards.

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  8. joyroses13 says:

    Enjoyed stepping back in time with you! Great pics and Wow 4 post offices at one time! It was a bustling town!

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  9. Joyce says:

    Just seconds ago, I read a Padre Pio quote on FB: “Charity is the means by which God judges all souls.” – your Landaff family had it right all along.
    “Eternal rest grant onto John and Allen Sweet, oh Lord.”

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  10. jesh stg says:

    Love the charming town hall. Wow, this would be different for me, where I live now is the smallest, but still 3000 inhabitants “in the middle of nowhere” as my kids say.

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  11. Annie says:

    Such sweet memories… The town hall looks healthy enough and I guess you still visit to see friends and family. When I visit my hometown, I hardly recognize it due to too much urban sprawl and it’s not pretty. 😌

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    • The town looks almost exactly the same – small rural town that has kept it’s amazing small town culture including their small one-room school for K-3. There are no family or friends left to visit except at the cemetery. And, that’s not as sad as it sounds because I see my family plot and so many of their friends all around them. I think that’s how we’d all like to end up being among family and community.

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  12. You take the most beautiful pictures of homes and doors.

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  13. Norm 2.0 says:

    These shots remind of all the wonderful little New England towns and villages I’ve driven through over the years. It is such a beautiful part of the country.
    Thanks for sharing these πŸ™‚

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  14. How lovely to visit these memories with you, Judy. What do the stars and asterisks mean next to your uncles’ names?

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  15. debrapugh says:

    I love these old buildings and whenever I get a chance I read old-times / immigrants / depression era stories etc so I have a sense of the community that went on here in those time πŸ™‚

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  16. Joanne Sisco says:

    Look at that – it’s 6 am and already I’m learning something new! I had to go and look up what exactly granges were. Your love of the land and gardening comes into focus now – in fact it’s part of your heritage!

    Thanks for the explanation of the little hearts beside your uncles’ names. I would imagine that there is a lot of both pride and sadness for your family in that sign.

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  17. jesh stg says:

    I like that: in all things charity! Bittersweet , but still, it’s good to be known by at least some (rather than unknown)!

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  18. Beautifully and quintessentially New England doors, Judy.


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  19. joey says:

    Well that’s lovely. Thank you for sharing this lil gem with us.

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  20. Nancy says:

    What a beautiful and well written tribute to your grandparents home.

    We have an old grange Hall here in our little town.

    For being so small it has a lot of history!

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  21. Oddment says:

    I saw this post the same day I saw a post by Susan at Susurrus. Both were about Place and Past, and together they had quite an impact on me. I deliberately stepped back from both in order to think about them. They were utterly different yet deeply the same, touching on the intensity of memory arising from Place. I’m still thinking about both posts. Your uncles’ names and the visit to family and old friends in the cemetery must certainly take you beyond what you can see. I am blown away by the Grange’s motto — it certainly expresses loftier purpose than we seem to hear now. Thanks for the beauty of it all.

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  22. Tina Schell says:

    23 Grange’s?!?! Amazing. So many little towns up ther, it looks very sweet. And I’m guessing cool clear air. Enjoy!


  23. Sharukh Bamboat says:

    415 residents in the entire town? Goodness. I want to shift to Landaff. Here I can find you 500 people in just one block. In India, even sleepy small towns like mine have a population of 1.5 million. I loved the town hall and the church. Small, simple and beautiful.

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    • That is an interesting difference in our countries isn’t it? While in Landaff, we had slowed down at a turn and looked at a garden with some unusual garden art. Later that evening, we went to a presentation in the neighboring town. A gentleman was talking about a garden, and I said that we had seen it. He then described our car and asked if that was us, and I said ‘yes’ but how did he know. He said no one in town had a car like that. πŸ™‚

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