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 Abandoned Quarries and Milford Community Television 
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 Abandoned Quarries and Milford Community Television
The town of Milford, NH has asked us to allow them to show a couple of our videos on their Community Television channel that have to do with their town, our Monson Village Ghost Town video and our Federal Hill Fire Tower video. The request came just about the same time we were getting ready to go back to Milford to do another video. The video has since been made and Milford now has a copy of all 3 videos.
Where did we go? We went to the abandoned granite quarries on Mayflower Hill and Patch Hill. We went to Mayflower Hill Town Forest first and parked off Shady Lane. There is parking for 3 maybe 4 cars without blocking the gate. The trail starts out on an access road leading a short distance up to a water tower, at least we believe that’s what was. We really didn’t see any trail names on Mayflower Hill, but there was a white blazed trail and a blue blazed one. The white trail makes a loop and the blue ones cut the loop into thirds. They are well marked and maintained. We found 2 different areas that looked as though they were once quarried. The main one that is shown on the map has a fire pit and 3 Flintstone furniture chairs made from the scrap granite that is lying around. We picked up 2 geocaches and went to the lookout for a view over to Pack Monadnock, the only viewpoint on the hill.
The white trail also continues after the loop and heads to the Patch Hill Conservation Area then on into Amherst, NH where it gets a name, Patch Hill Trail. :roll: The weather was looking iffy, so we chose to drive over to Lyndeborough Rd to the parking area and head in from there. This parking area is larger and has a kiosk with a map. The Patch Hill Trail will lead you pass 4 more quarries with the last one being back in Milford.
No sooner did we get on the trail and the first quarry was on the right with the remains of an large old work shed, built from scrap granite. Lots of artifacts! :D One artifact we found was a little disturbing, is was an upside down tombstone of a 12 year old girl who died in 1912. We want to believe that it was discarded as a mistake with the other scrapes there as we don’t honestly believe a child would be buried in a quarry.
Continuing along up the trail we found the second quarry off to the left, just a hole with a lot a granite scrap. Further up we found the third quarry that still has an old air compressor mounted to a T shaped block out in the open and the remains of a Derrick (lifting device similar to a crane, sort of). This was the nicest quarry we found for the day. The problem with this quarry was the granite could only be taken in small sections.
The fourth quarry was the largest and is located just over the Milford line on the right. The granite here was superior and large pieces could be taken out. There are a lot of scrap pieces of granite here too. Along the route to this quarry we scored 4 more geocaches too. 8)
This was a nice adventure. It’s easy to hike or bike these trails. There wasn’t as much to see as when we went to Redstone Quarry, but there is still enough to keep it interesting and step back in time for a bit. A couple tidbits of info…Milford is also known as the Granite Town…The pillars of the US Treasury in Washington, DC were made from the granite of Milford.
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