NH 16 is the main
route from the Seacoast, north to the Lake Region and the White Mountains.
Conway New Hampshire has a proud and interesting
history. The region was once home to the Pequawket Indians, an Algonquian
Abenaki tribe which summered here and spent winters at St. Francis, Quebec.
Along the Saco River they fished, hunted or farmed, and lived in wigwams
sheltered within stockades. In 1642, explorer Darby Field of Exeter paddled up
the Saco in a canoe, and would report seeing “Pequawket,” an Indian
community stretching from present-day Conway to Fryeburg, Maine. But when
Europeans settled here in 1764, the Pequawket tribe had dwindled from disease,
probably smallpox brought from abroad.
Color has taken possession of me with the landscape floating around in front of me.