Friday, March 15, 2013

Kezar Falls Village - Part 3

The road between Cornish and Kezar Falls, part of the Ossipee Trail, was built in 1836.  The stretch from the Cornish line to the Kezar Falls bridge was called South Main Street, (North Main Street being on the Porter side of the river).  The State built the cement road from Cornish to Kezar Falls in 1930.  This route, that ran from Portland to New Hampshire, became known as Route 25.  South Main Street is called Federal Road today.  This view shows the Newbegin Cigar Store, left, the Kezar Falls covered bridge to the Porter side of the river, the Devereux Gristmill, and Merrifield’s bobbin mill.  Albion Benton erected a saw mill near here in 1865 that John Devereux purchased about 1871.  He then built a grist mill at this site and ran both until the woolen mill was established in 1880.  J. Merrifield built his bobbin mill next to it in 1883.  (A later view of this same scene, taken in 1897, is seen in our blog heading above.)

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