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"WE DID IT!"

  LOCATION
 Lyndeborough, NH

TYPE OF PROJECT
 Land Purchase

SIZE
 5.5 ± acres

FEATURES
 Lower Falls
 Historic Mill Site
 Diverse wildlife
 Trail Parking

PUBLIC BENEFIT
 Scenic waterfall
 Hiking
 Birding
 Access to Purgatory Brook & trail
 Water quality
 Preservation of a local landmark

AN EARLY PROJECT
 In 1972 the Souhegan Valley Land Trust successfully protected the Upper Falls on Purgatory Brook.

Thanks to many wonderful folks from near and far, the land trust has the money to buy the Lower Falls on Purgatory Brook, one of the best known natural attractions in the Souhegan Valley. To see pictures of the Falls, Purgatory Brook and the remains of the Falconer Mill click HERE.

NEWS FLASH! We closed on the property on August 7! The property now belongs to the Souhegan Valley Land Trust. We will have the final numbers and an update on other activity along the brook on-line soon.

A flurry of checks and pledges come in the last few week of June: a check for $5,000 from the Milford Rotary, $2,000 check from the Milford Garden Club, a check for $10,000 from the Lyndeborough Conservation Commission, $500 from Pinnacle Mountain Rod and Gun Club (Lyndeborough) and a pledge of $500 from the Purgatory Falls Fish & Game Club (Mont Vernon), also several donations from individuals.

Our budget says we can close once we reach $58,044. To date (August 24, 2008), including the pledges and a stock donation, we have $63,750! That's over the top! Hooray & thank you. Gratefully, some donors, $10,625 worth to be exact, have stated that their contributions are 'unrestricted'. They gave permission to the land trust to use their donation for future projects or operating expenses if we raise more money than we need for the Lower Falls Project. What that means is that anyone who would like to be part of this exciting project may still send a donation for the Lower Falls protection. We can accept up to $5,235 more for the project.

Support came from many of the surrounding towns; Lyndeborough, Milford, Mont Vernon, Amherst, Hollis, Brookline, Wilton, Mason, New Ipswich, New Boston, Meriden, Hudson, Peterborough and Nashua, also from Massachusetts, Illinois, Virginia, New Jersey and New Mexico.

If you have never been but would like to visit the Falls use GoogleMaps to find "Purgatory Road, Milford, NH". There is a small parking lot on the left off Purgatory Road just north of the Fitch's Corner.

If you would like to be part of this important effort please send your tax deductible contribution for the "SVLT-Purgatory Lower Falls Project" to:    SVLT, PO Box 417, Milford, NH 03055.

The Lower Falls on Purgatory Brook has been hard at work for settlers in the area for nearly 200 years. Starting in 1811, the falls supplied water power for a succession of lumber mill operators until the mill buildings were destroyed by fire in the 1950's. At that time the mill was owned and operated by William Falconer, a well known Milford surveyor.

The Falconer Mill property, consisting of 5.5 acres, straddles Purgatory Brook in south-east Lyndeborough. The property includes a right-of-way from Purgatory Road beginning where the parking lot is today. The present owner, a descendent of Bill Falconer, has generously offered the property for sale to the Souhegan Valley Land Trust. The purchase of this strategically located land will provide access to the Lower Falls, the old mill site and the 3 mile Purgatory Brook Trail. The trail follows this geologically fascinating brook, rambling through more then 500 acres of protected land ending at the Upper Falls. The land trust was incorporated in 1970 for the purpose of buying the Upper Falls, which it did in 1972.

Today the Lower Falls is still 'hard at work' enriching our lives. Together we are buying this magnificent place and protecting it forever. The present trustees are thrilled to have been able to protect the Lower Falls, a perfect location for an SVLT project.
Click HERE to see some pictures of the mill property, Purgatory Brook and the trail.

Souhegan Valley Land Trust, PO Box 417, Milford, NH 03055   The Trustees