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Mount Cabot is one of New Hampshire’s well-known and sought-after “4,000-footers,” meaning its peak is over 4,000 feet of elevation. The trails that access the peak are especially popular in the early summer, before it gets too hot! Lucky for us, our project is scheduled at a pleasant time of year for New Hampshire’s north country. As described by the Appalachian Mountain Club, “The route to Cabot’s summit provides several opportunities to take in magnificent scenery.” Additionally, the route is part of a scenic backpacking “loop trail” that includes two other New Hampshire mountain features, the Bulge and the Horn.
The Cabot Cabin, also called the Cabot Firewarden Cabin, once served as a home for fire lookouts. As fire management technology improved, the use of traditional fire lookout towers and staff declined; and today the cabin serves as lodging for overnight backpackers, and as a destination for day hikers. Forest fire lookouts are inspirational not only for the unparalleled (and almost always stunning) views they offer of the surrounding forests, but for the people who dedicated their lives to watching over the forests. Organizations like the Forest Fire Lookout Association keep the memory and spirit of fire lookouts alive, and this HistoriCorps project serves as a way to preserve the history as well.
Several forests offer primitive or rustic lodging for overnight backpackers. In fact, the Cabot Cabin is in comparison a luxurious option! Sharing these “huts” as they’re sometimes called is a well-loved and unique part of backpacker and hiker culture. Many were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal program that employed young men during the Great Depression, and are today maintained by volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and land management agencies. HistoriCorps is partnering with the White Mountain National Forest to undertake specialized historic preservation work on the Cabot Cabin this summer. Because we’ll be working on the cabin itself, we will be camping outside around the cabin.
Volunteers will hike up to and camp on Mount Cabot near the cabin. We’ll stay up there all week, and will hike out together on the last day. Suffice it to say, this project will provide a fantastic opportunity for volunteers that love hiking and backpacking to indulge themselves, as well as serve as a great way for new backpackers to go on their first overnight trip with HistoriCorps’ support! Volunteers will be responsible for carrying up water (2+ liters) as well as small, miscellaneous things as possible.
Volunteers will work alongside expert field staff to learn and practice the skills and techniques necessary to preserve the historic Cabot Cabin. We are focusing our efforts where the deterioration is greatest: The foundation and roof. We’ll also work on restoring the interior of the cabin.
- Remove vegetation around cabin
- Jack building so we can access the dry-stack stone foundation
- Repair the foundation by re-laying fallen stones
- Replace deteriorated roof shingles and decking
- Remove ceiling boards (interior) and silver-backed insulation on walls
- Remove bunk beds
- Repair deteriorated window framing
- Paint interior walls (what a difference that will make!)
If we finish our primary scope of work, we will:
- Repair siding shingles
- Repaint the exterior
- Repair the threshold and porch