When Main Street Was Moved From Exeter Road
"Our Town" by James W. Tucker
The Hampton Union -- Thursday, August 10, 1961
[First building in photo is now the "Goody Cole Function Room" of "The Old Salt Eating & Drinking Place", formerly "Lamie's Tavern".]
There has been quite a commotion of late concerning the business section of Hampton village which now centers on Lafayette Road and the west end of High Street. During the recent hilarious hassle over a site for our town's new post office, the Planning Board suggested, in effect, that future business development of Lafayette Road, between High Street and Winnacunnet Road, be held in abeyance pending a study of parking and traffic conditions. The present shopping center would have been left to wither on the vine of progress.
Buildings, Stores and All
at left and Dr. Marvin Smith on right, with "old Dobbin" at extreme left of photo.
No Planning Boards
Politician - President
Above Instead of Below
Railway to Highway
In the meantime perhaps a plan can be worked out involving a lessened toll charge which will get trucks off Lafayette Road and onto the N.H. Turnpike where they belong. That would be a great help. In addition, the use of Mill Road as an alternate summertime route for through traffic going in both directions, might at least be given a little study.
Three Traffic Lanes
The Hampton Elms
That patriarch of trees, the historic Hampton Elm, which once cast its umbrella of shade over all of Elmwood Corner and many adjoining yards, is gone -- the victim of Dutch Elm disease. Many others of the stately elms that have graced Hampton's highways and by-ways for centuries have likewise gone and the remainder will soon be gone -- just as the chestnut trees of our boyhood have completely disappeared.
Scourge Skips Boundaries
Cooperative Effort Needed
"1. Scouting to locate dead and dying elm wood.
2. Prompt removal of such wood.
3. spraying as needed to control attacks of leaf eating insects. sprays should be carefully applied to minimize the danger to wild life."
As we write, a glance out of the window brings to view the stark skeletons of two fifty-foot elms which only two year ago were majestic ornaments to Lafayette Road. Scouting is not required to locate dead and dying elm wood in our town. It is plainly to be seen almost everywhere here and in neighboring communities.