Wilkins Lumber


For years, when I took the state road instead of the highway to my former job in Concord, NH, I’d pass by the back of Wilkins Lumber in Milford, NH. I could see a smokestack and some old red buildings. Now seems like a good time to check out things that I’ve been meaning to explore provided that it allows me to keep a social distance from others. I drove there today and parked next to Hartshorn Pond. A brook of the same name flows out over a dam (a future post) and then steeply down to the mill. The driveway to the mill was located on the other side of the property. After passing an old trailer that serves as the lumber mill’s sign (pictured above), I came to a spot where the slope to walk directly from the road to the mill wasn’t so steep. I hiked down it and found myself inside a cluster of buildings. Here you can see a smokestack standing alone next to a building whose purpose I’m not quite sure. The B&W image shows the mill itself. Look at the post and beam work. You can see the brook flowed under the mill presumably to power it back in the day when water power was the way to go. The other shot is a piece of milling equipment that I believe is a planer. Today, there is a modern power box on the wall next to it. It was a fun shoot that was in the back of my mind for a long time. What shoots have you been meaning to get to?

30 thoughts on “Wilkins Lumber

  1. photobyjohnbo

    Interesting place! Of late, I’ve been trying to think of places that would allow me to use a drone to explore the area for unique views. So far, it’s just been the Arizona desert.

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      1. photobyjohnbo

        As a licensed drone pilot, I know a lot about where it is possible to fly them… unfortunately, many of those places aren’t particularly photogenic. πŸ™‚
        Many parks are out, already ruined by individuals who have no regard for others while they play with their new toy.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thanks, Teri. Negative. Except for the screws and other hardware that keep hime together, he is all salvage from the yard or the town dump. He’s rather proud of his heritage.

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  2. loisajay

    I drove downtown yesterday. Everything is closed except for the restaurants providing to-go dinners. No fishermen, nothing….. Our governor is thinking about making Florida a stay-at-home state.

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  3. Alexandra

    I had to google “smokestack”, it’s the chimney, right? The bw image has a very ancient-archives feel… nice set of images, Chris!
    No shoots planned, we are stuck at home at this point…

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  4. suzannesmom

    There is a shot in Providence that I haven’t gotten to my satisfaction yet. It involves the early morning sun through a gate onto a stone wall, and it is not available all year as the position of the sun keeps changing. Reminds of the the one hour of the year when the angle of the sun allows Bilbo to see the keyhole for the dragon Smaug’s back door.

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  5. Sandra

    Nice pictures Chris! There are a few old farm properties I’ve wanted to photograph but they are hard to get to off of busy 2 lane highways. I really like the black and white above.

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Sandra. Sometimes it’s really tricky getting to places. When I’m planning photo shoots, I often spend a lot of time looking at satellite views on Google Maps. Have a good night. πŸ’€

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  6. Sarah

    Really love these photos and posts like this one, Chris! The honey-colored wood and green roof look so lovely, as does the mill itself. How wonderful that you can still go out doing these photo shoots, keeping distance here in the city is a real challenge these days, and I reckon the best thing I can do to help our doctors and nurses is to stay home at the moment. Although I’ve been toying with the idea to have a little look at Berlin Mitte – without the tourists it could be a nice opportunity for some good shots. πŸ˜‰

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Sarah. Yes, most places in Berlin are likely empty. I’m wary of going into Boston because the state has many cases of people testing positive for Coronavirus.

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      1. Sarah

        Same here. And I don’t really want the police to take notice of me going on a photo shoot instead of grocery shopping. πŸ˜‰

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