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“The life of legendary New Hampshire lumber baron James Everell Henry” at Bretzfelder Park February 1st  


BETHLEHEM, N.H.—The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests will lead an exploration of the history of hiking in the White Mountains with a presentation of “the life of legendary New Hampshire lumber Baron James Everell Henry” on Feb. 1.

The free program is open to the public and is part of the annual winter Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series. It will begin at 7 p.m. at Bretzfelder Park.

Local hiking columnist and author Mike Dickerman of Littleton chronicles the life of legendary New Hampshire lumber baron James Everell Henry, a Lyman native who went on to operate several logging railroads in the White Mountains and helped develop the town of Lincoln.

            Dickerman’s Powerpoint presentation is based on a new book published in August 2016 by Bondcliff Books of Littleton. Titled “The Life of James Everell Henry”, the book was compiled by Dickerman and features the complete text of a privately published biography of the lumberman originally written in 1962 by his namesake grandson, James Everell Henry II. Additionally, Dickerman has included an extensive appendix with nearly a dozen period pieces offering additional insight into Henry, his family, and the working men of his various timber-related enterprises. Dickerman’s program will feature many historical images depicting scenes from Henry’s various White Mountains logging operations, along with several related modern-day photographs.

            Dickerman, from Littleton, is the author, co-author or editor of more than a dozen previously published books related to New Hampshire and the White Mountains. These include the best-selling “4000-Footers of the White Mountains,” the “AMC White Mountain Guide,” and “White Mountains Hiking History.”

            Owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (, Bretzfelder Park is managed in cooperation with the town of Bethlehem. The Park, bequeathed to the Forest Society in 1984 by Helen Bretzfelder in memory of her father, Charles, houses a classroom, educational trails, a pond, and several picnic sites.

Two series of educational programs are held there each year, in February and August. The Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series continues Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. with a presentation by Kristen Rines about moose ticks’ and how they are effecting the moose population in NH.

For more information and a calendar of events please visit, email us at, or call 603-444-6228.


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