At the Archives we hold a collection of photographs depicting the damage and the years-long cleanup that followed. The tangled mass of uprooted trees was gradually salvaged, the logs were stored in several local ponds until they could be sawn into lumber—over a million of board feet—and stumps were pulled by the thousands.
One of the many interesting stories to follow the 1938 hurricane was that of a women's lumber camp in 1942/43 on Turkey Pond, just outside Concord, New Hampshire. Check out They Sawed Up a Storm by Sarah Shea Smith to learn more.
And here are a few images from the New London area in 1938 and later.
|Cottage at Elkins (September 1938)|
|Logging in winter.|
|Logs stored in Otter Pond.|
|Portable saw mill.|
|Stacked lumber, for sale.|