There is a small but powerful time warp waiting to be discovered in the Great North Woods.
At the Poore Family Homestead Historic Farm Museum in Stewartstown, visitors are transported back to a time before electricity in the rural northernmost region of New Hampshire.
On Sunday, the museum celebrated the 127th birthday of J.C. Kenneth Poore, the last member of the Poore family and the founder of the Poore Family Foundation for North Country Conservancy, with the 18th annual Open Barn and Celebration.
Rick Johnson, executive director of the Poore Family Foundation, said he got caught up with the history evident in every part of the Poore Family Homestead.
“I feel very lucky to be here,” he said, as he welcomed visitors to the birthday party and reminded them to have a piece of birthday cake. “It’s tradition,” he told the group.
Dawn Franklin of Gray, Maine, vacations in the area every summer. She brought her 7-year-old daughter, Sophia, and her 2-year-old son, Evan, to the celebration.
“It’s a great way for them to learn some history,” she said, watching as the two played with a hand water pump.
Visitors explored a typical trapper camp from the early 1800’s and learned how early pioneers and trappers started campfires by watching demonstrations from Charlie Chalk and Jimmy Gilbert of the Great North Woods Party of American Mountain Men.