|"The Landing of Columbus in America Wrought by Margaret|
Mitchell at Mrs. Rowson's Academy"
Courtesy, New Hampshire Historical Society
Few of us who know and love the history of this region realize that the lives and loves of those who came before us spanned the hundreds of miles of unpaved post roads that connected one corner of our region to another. This is Myra’s story. I have had the good fortune to work with this previously unpublished cache of letters. They reveal her joys and sorrows; her erudite use of the pen and playful language, her hopes and disappointments. We come to know her as an intelligent young woman of the early republic, who is looking forward to travel beyond her childhood home and marriage to Horace Henry Goodman, her fiancé. All were cut short by her death of consumption at age twenty-two.
|One of the Montgomery girls, probably Myra.|
Courtesy, Haverhill Historical Society
We can still enter her world. In addition to the letters themselves, the Montgomery House (c. 1793) still stands. Here, we can find Myra’s bedroom on second floor, adorned with stenciled walls, where she penned her letters to Horace. The classic Georgian vernacular structure has only had five owners, and the current residents are gracious and are always happy to open their lovely home.
|General Montgomery's Store (foreground) and the Montgomery Homestead beyond|
If you would like to learn more about the life of this young woman and her early 19th century world, you may purchase individual copies of Historical New Hampshire, Fall/Winter 2013, Donna-Belle Garvin, Editor.
To order a copy:
Online: New Hampshire Historical Society's website, www.nhhistory.org