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The Adams Family Walking Trail at LRH

August 27, 2010

History is coming alive at Littleton Regional Hospital as Justin Basnar, a sophomore at Littleton High School, is completing a major undertaking that will allow him to receive the prestigious Eagle Scout Award. Justin's project involves upgrading and expanding the Washington Irving (W.I.) Adams Family Walking Trail located on Hospital property. The Hospital was built in 2000 on the parcel of land which W.I. Lincoln Adams purchased as Hilltop Farm in 1896. Mr. Adams, a descendent of the Adams Presidential family and a life-long friend of Benjamin W. Kilburn (of Kilburn Brothers Stereoscopic View Factory fame), was renowned as an amateur photographer and authored quite extensively on this discipline. Grace (Wilson) Adams, W. I. Adams' wife, was a descendent of an officer who fought in the Revolutionary War and also James Wilson, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Near the far end of the trail are several plaques affixed to a large boulder memorializing the deceased members of the Adams family (and others). There exists a special memorial to Carolyn, the daughter of Adams and his wife, Grace. Carolyn was an extremely special child, as she possessed an uncommon closeness to her surroundings and an intense love of nature. She unfortunately had a brief life, passing away of a kidney disorder just shy of her fourteenth birthday. Her sacred ashes were deposited both at Roselyn, her family's home in Montclair, New Jersey, and at the Littleton Hilltop Farm, where Carolyn lived in harmony with nature throughout her brief life.

Henri Wante, Director of Facilities at LRH, is overseeing the project and assisted in the approval process. The project involves widening/ upgrading, and marking the existing trail, adding a new trail approximately 50 feet in length which leads to a beaver pond, placing a picnic table with a view of this pond, removing any tripping hazards, and applying mulch to the trail. In addition, Justin and his team cut limbs, constructed and placed bird and bat houses and two picnic tables, identified wildflowers and trees which grow on or adjacent to the trails, placed benches, and added plaques identifying the types of trees and flowers growing on this land. Anne Conner, Director of Gale Medical Library, assisted in identifying the wildflowers on the trail and verifying historical information.

Numerous local businesses and individuals have donated materials and equipment towards this project including Rick and Cathy Corliss, Jerry and Roberta DeMoras, Paul Boutin, The Foto Factory, Real and Brenda Pelletier, Home Depot, John Jalbert, Sr., David Falkenham, Varney and Smith, Aubuchon Hardware, Tractor Supply, Agway, Shaw's, Wal-Mart, Peabody and Smith, Portland Glass, Littleton Office Supply, and Lowe's. As of August 16, 2010, Justin has worked a total of 107 hours on the project; his family, members and parents from Boy Scout Unit No. 209 and other helpers have given a total of 239 hours of time and talent assisting in the work on this trail.

This nature path gives people living in this area a place to walk or to sit and read while enjoying the natural surroundings. It also provides the LRH employees a peaceful place to walk during breaks. If anyone is interested in exploring this trail, please contact Henri Wante, Director of Facilities and Engineering at LRH at (603) 444-9261.

LRH walking trail
Front Row: Bill Covey and Warren West, CEO at LRH.
Back Row From Left: Boy Scout Troop Leader, Deb Sanders-Dame, Rich and Cathy Corliss with son and Boy Scout, Justin Basnar, and Anne Conner.

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