Perhaps the most noticeable of these far-sighted entrepreneurs was William Wentworth Brown, who bought the H. W. Winslow Company sawmill in 1868. He quickly realized that his lumber business could best be served by acquiring forest lands upriver from Berlin, where trees could be harvested and replanted, while using the river as a delivery route for the logs to his sawmill. Brown was a pioneer in the development of sustainable forestry.
Benefitting from the increasing speed and efficiency of manufacturing developed by the Industrial Revolution and the increasing flow of immigrant labor seeking a better life for themselves and their families, Brown built a model, benevolently-run company complex here on the banks of the Androscoggin.
Today Berlin and the North Country are in the midst of developing a new vision for the future, but doing so without forgetting the area's storied past. Begun in 1994 by a concerned and committed group of people, the Northern Forest Heritage Park is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the Northern Forest and the lives, labors, legends and legacy of the many peoples who came and made this area their home. Our goal is to celebrate the rich heritage of this area and its people, and to educate and inform visitors about our past.
Please look around our website & explore the links below to learn more about the Northern Forest Heritage Park. Thanks for visiting our website. Come visit the Park!
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Logging Camp Map (.pdf)
NFHP Mission Statement
Thanks to The Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University the Industrial Explorers exhibition, tracing the origins and history of the innovative Brown Company Research and Development group, is available to view online and to download. (see also Berlin R&D Buildings). We are grateful to CRP for the excellent work done on this project.
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