Milton and the Rusticators

By Muriel Bristol | November 12, 2018

Some few tourists may have come to Milton with the railroad in the mid 1850s. They likely stayed in one of Milton’s hotels or boarding houses. Other seacoast and mountain communities began to experience an increase in tourism with the generally increasing productivity and incomes of the 1870s. Some Milton farm families and others saw the same opportunity and began to advertise for Summer boarders around 1874. Milton and East Milton did advertise their Summer opportunities, but Milton Mills seems to have become especially active in this.

It began to become quite a cottage industry around this time – the B&B of its time.

One may gain some idea of what the tourist of those days, then known as a “rusticator,” sought in a Summer holiday. The advertisers pitched elevated ridgeline situations with scenery, views, shade, dry air and breezes. Dining would feature good farm food, including eggs, fresh milk, fruit, and berries.

These settings and amenities seem to have been considered especially “healthful” for children and invalids.

For the more active visitor, driving carriages on country roads seems to have been a popular activity. The rusticator had little interest in swimming or beaches; and many may not have even known how to swim. But boating, fishing, and hunting (or “gunning”) were mentioned often as attractions.

For those unable to make a complete break from their city lives, some situations emphasized their proximity to train stations, telegraphs, post offices, and newspapers. Churches too.

Summer Resorts and Hotels. In New Hampshire. BOARD – A few Summer boarders can find a pleasant home in a private family, convenient to churches, railroad, telegraph and Post Office, in a quiet and healthy little village, situated between mountain and pond. For particulars, address Box 30, Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, August 7, 1874).

Hotels & Summer Resorts. CENTENNIAL HOUSE, Situated in the pleasant village of Milton Mills, N.H., is now open for boarders. Good board and rooms, gunning and fishing, pleasant drives and pure air. Terms satisfactory. Address JOHN W. PRESCOTT, Milton Mills (Boston Globe, June 27, 1876).

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Summer Board. SUMMER BOARDERS wanted by a Christian family; pleasantly situated, high grounds, and a good farmer’s table; terms for adults, $5; children under seven, $2.50. Address box 329, East Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, July 16, 1877).

SUMMER BOARDERS for the season at $4 per week. Boat on Lovell’s Lake, close by, and carriage to and from depot free. Unequalled facilities for driving, boating and fishing. Address JOHN F. GARLAND, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, June 24, 1879).

SUMMER BOARD. MILTON, N.H. – A child or invalid can find a pleasant home with kindest care; best references; terms reasonable. Address Box 9 (Boston Globe, August 6, 1882).

SUMMER BOARD. – At a farm house, near a splendid lake, mountain scenery, fine drives, etc.; terms to suit the times. Address Box 262, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, June 27, 1884).

SUMMER BOARDERS can have first-class accommodations at Tamaline Heights Cottage, Milton Mills, N.H. Pleasant situation; splendid views; fine drives; pure air, trout, bass and other fishing near; three minutes’ walk to post office, churches, stores, etc.; house newly refinished and furnished; no pains will be spared to make it comfortable and attractive; reference Elbridge W. Fox, P.M., Milton Mills, N.H. Apply through box 113, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, July 3, 1884).

SUMMER RESORTS. SUMMER BOARDERS. – Can have first-class accommodations at Tamaline Heights Cottage. Pleasant situation; splendid views; fine drives; pure air; near post office, churches, stores, etc.; no pains spared for comfort and ease. Apply through box 113, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, July 25, 1885).

SUMMER RESORTS. SUMMER BOARD at a pleasant farm house within 10 minutes’ walk of post office; nice shade grove; good rooms and table; terms reasonable. Address Box 146, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, June 2, 1886).

SUMMER RESORTS. SUMMER board – Large farm house, near Lovell’s lake; highest land in Strafford county; oak and maple shade trees; splendid mountain scenery; fine drives and fishing; good rooms and table; ladies $4, gents $5 per week; teams to and from depot free. CHARLES E. LOWD, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, August 4, 1886).

SUMMER RESORTS. SUMMER BOARD – At a farmhouse near a splendid lake, mountain scenery, fine drives, etc., terms to suit times. Box 235, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, June 10, 1887).

SUMMER RESORTS. SUMMER BOARD, at pleasant farmhouse, ½ mile from post office and village; cool, shady, fine drives, pleasant scenery, good rooms, plenty of meats, eggs, milk, vegetables; terms reasonable. Box 146, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, July 12, 1887).

SUMMER RESORTS. BOARD – Farm board on high ridge; dry air and plenty of shade; fruit, berries, milk, etc.; daily mail and papers; terms, ladies $4, gents $5 per week. Box 221, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, July 12, 1888).

SUMMER RESORTS. HOTEL PRESCOTT – Pleasantly situated in a beautiful village in New Hampshire, close to 3 churches and post office; 2 mails a day from Boston; a desirable home for those seeking health, comfort and pleasure; good fishing and gunning; nice drives; good livery connected with the house. C.H. Prescott, proprietor, Milton Mills, N.H (Boston Globe, July 28, 1889).

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SUMMER RESORTS. SUMMER BOARD for ladies or gentlemen can be obtained in a beautiful village in New Hampshire; home comforts, close to 3 churches and post office, organ, Boston papers, good livery, etc.; board $4 to $7 per week. Address C.H. PRESCOTT, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, July 16, 1890).

SUMMER RESORTS. BOARD. – Farm board on high ridge; dry air and plenty of shade, fruit, berries, and milk, etc.; daily mail and papers; terms ladies $4, gents. $5 per week. Box 221, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, August 9, 1891). 

SUMMER RESORTS. WANTED. – Summer boarders at Sunset cottage; good farm board, high land, healthful climate; parties seeking rest write for full particulars. Box 71, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, August 9, 1891).

Summer Resorts. NEW HAMPSHIRE. BOARDERS wanted, Sunset cottage, on a farm, high land, beautiful scenery, healthy climate, plenty fresh eggs, milk, vegetables, etc., daily mail, reasonable. Box 71, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, July 21, 1895).

SUMMER RESORTS. NEW HAMPSHIRE. BOARDERS wanted at Sunset cottage; high land, healthy climate, scenery unsurpassed, shade, pleasant walks, drives, milk, eggs, berries, vegetables. Box 71, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, August 2, 1896).

Summer Resorts. FARM BOARD at Mountain View farm, location elevated and healthy, scenery fine, table supplied with fresh milk, berries and vegetables; testimonials given. Box 63, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, July 13, 1897).

The business directories first took notice of this Summer boarding phenomenon in their 1889 issue, which included four Summer boarding houses situated at Milton Mills:

Summer Boarding Houses – Charles A. Reynolds, John Lewis, C.S. Lowd, J.D. Willey.

At some point, some Summer visitors began to buy their own Summer properties in Milton.

 

Author: Muriel Bristol

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