Sunday, June 5, 2011

Harrisville, NH (MWT)


1. Harrisville-kab Historic Harrisville, New Hampshire

Early in May my mother came to visit me so I could drive her to New Hampshire to visit a friend she met on the train over 6 years ago! Train people are their own culture. People who love trains love the whole train experience. I went on the train once with my mother from Connecticut to Florida in 2003. My mother always gets a sleeper car which also include all of your meals. We had a good time but I soon found myself wanting to stand on solid ground! Some people like the rocking motion of a train. Me? I need a break! Anyways, I am always game to visit a new place and see new things and look for new birds. So off we went on May 6 in search of adventure! It probably took us about 2 hours to drive to Harrisville, but the scenery was pretty most of the way and the little town of Harrisville was absolutely delightful!

2. mountan view-kab A view of the mountains beyond the town.

3. main st view-kab The day is soft and gray as we drive into town with all the subtle colors of spring in patches here and there.

4. factory-kab As we drive up the Main Street we pass the 1830 Bethuel Harris Mill building which houses Harrisville Designs.

5. mill alley-kab The sign says it all!


6. parking-kab Here is where we parked. I love all the old brick buildings.


7. harrisville designs-kab The view of the 1830 Bethuel Harris Mill as we walk up from the parking lot.


8. inside-kab Inside the store of Harrisville Designs


9. yarns-kab Colorful display in Harrisville Designs

As we toured the store we were told that they hold weaving classes upstairs in the building. One was going on now and we were invited to step upstairs and see for ourselves.

10. weaving class-kab Student in weaving class.

People travel from all over to take these classes. To open the door and enter was like stepping into another world. There was no TV or music playing, just the soft sound of voices and weaving and learning. It was a tranquil world unto itself. I am told that if you take a class here, they also have affordable accommodations nearby.

11. Mom-kab Harrisville Designs Building

Mom is all smiles as we leave the mill store and head for the Harrisville General Store where we are to meet her friend.

12. Harrisville store-kab 

13. Mom-kab Mom waits for her friend at the Harrisville Store while I run around counting birds and taking photographs.

14. brook-kab Brook running from Harrisville Pond down through mills. I saw song sparrows, chipping sparrows and a catbird here.

15. rocks Stones along the brook.

16. Library Harrisville Public Library

17. house New England Home

18. mill and pond-kab Lower Mill and Mill Pond

19. art studios-kab Old Mill converted to Art Studios. I saw yellow-rumped warblers in the trees on the hillside behind this building.

20. water-kab Harrisville Pond (I found 2 Bufflehead here)

21. Kathie-kab Me in all my birding gear!

And that's…

My World Tuesday!

Birds Seen in Harrisville, NH:

Location: Harrisville, NH
Observation date: 5/6/11
Notes: Counted birds along the main street and down through the town near the pond throughout the day while visiting a friend. Sunny, breezy, warm. Mid 60's.
Number of species: 14

Bufflehead 2
Turkey Vulture 4
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 5
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 20
American Goldfinch 5

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

22. Mom and her friend-kab Mom and her friend.


  1. What a great day you had! Your Mom with her friend must have enjoyed themselves too. Your photos of the town and mill are really nice. Very colorful. Have a great birdie week, Kathie!

  2. Your photos seem to have captured the spirit of the place! Well done.

  3. Eileen, this town was so picturesque that is was easy to get good shots!

    Birding is fun, thanks!

  4. What a lovely way to spend a day with Mom and birding too. Cute little town. I too like the red brick buildings.
    Not a train person myself.

  5. I have been there. Isn't that a neat place? It is even prettier in your photos than I remembered it.

  6. Great article and photos as usual. Tell your Mom, Happy Birthday.


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.