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.
The Park features a full-scale replica of a 19th century logging camp set beside the Androscoggin, and offers self-guided, walking tours of the camp. We also host several annual festivals that celebrate and honor the area's history, including the Cultural Heritage Festival, the Lumberjack Festival and Competition and Heritage Holidays. Other events take place at the Park throughout the open season (April - December) and the Park is available for private rentals when no scheduled activity conflicts. Many area people reserve the Park for weddings, family reunions, graduation parties and such.
The Northern Forest Heritage Park is owned and operated as a community service
Please look around our website and 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)
Northern Forest Heritage Park Mission Statement
Thanks to the good folks at The Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University the Industrial Explorers exhibition of panels 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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