St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio, 1930

St. Francis Chapel Lunette Stucco or sand-blasted bas-relief “Set into the arched niche above the heavy, blue door is a lunette plaque that tells the story of St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio. Quite frequently there is a swallow’s nest near the carved birds and other creatures watching.” (Stone Pond) The entry door to the […]

St. Francis Chapel

On the Northwest shore of Stone Pond in Marlborough, New Hampshire stands a tiny charming country chapel overlooking the water and a view of Mt. Monadnock. Designed by Francis S. Kershaw for his wife Justine Houghton Kershaw, the tiny peasant style wayside Episcopal chapel of St. Francis was built in 1926 on the grounds of […]

Kershaw Estate

Merrywood was a gracious estate in the Southern New Hampshire countryside with ample grounds looking out on a mountain view over the peaceful woods and waters of Stone Pond in Marlborough. The Estate has a tantalizing history embodying a murder, wild rides in hupmobiles, prohibited alcohol, artists, plays and priests.* Included is the story of […]


Polychromy is the art of employing many or various colors in decoration, especially in reference to architecture, pottery or sculpture. Polychrome decoration has existed since the Bronze age. Ancient Greek sculpture was painted in bright colors, bold patterns and lifelike colors. Sometimes other materials were added such as metals,

John Wingate Weeks, 1931

Without John Wingate Weeks (1860-1926) we would not have the White Mountain National Forest. The Weeks Act was signed into law in 1911. Since that date nearly 20 million acres of forestland have been protected. “No single law has been more important in the return of the forests to the eastern United States” than the […]