How Sabbaday Falls Got Its Name

How Sabbaday Falls Got Its Name (HM2CHO)

Location: Waterville Valley, NH 03259 Grafton County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 59.833', W 71° 23.583'

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The legend of Sabbaday Falls
Legend has it that one Saturday night, with winter rapidly approaching, workmen building a road from Albany Intervale to Waterville decided it was time to call it quits. They hid their tools, planning to return the following spring. Before leaving on Sunday morning, they named the brook Sabbaday Brook for the Sabbath Day or "Sabbaday." The workers never returned to complete the road, but the name has endured.
A day of rest
For the early settlers, the hard work never seemed to stop, but on the Sabbath, families occasionally took time out to pick wild berries or take a walk to the to the Falls.
1880: Cutting the trail to Sabadday Falls
A local farmer, Jim Shackford, who owned the Passaconaway House hotel, earned extra money by blazing trails for the Appalachian Mountain Club and by guiding tourists who liked to hike those trails.
In 1880, Shackford cut this trail along the Swift River from his hotel to Sabbaday Falls. Today, the trail is part of the White Mountain National Forest.
In the path of a president
Influential Easterners began traveling to the White Mountains in the late 1800's, including President Grover Cleveland. A guest at Shackford's Passaconaway House, he likely visited Sabbaday Falls with his

young wife Frances Folsom.
Many of those urbanite visitors united to gain legal protection for the White Mountains when the forests were threatened by logging interests and erosion.
Placed ByForest Service, United States Department of Agriculture
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Date Added Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 308128 N 4874347
Decimal Degrees43.99721667, -71.39305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 59.833', W 71° 23.583'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 59' 49.98" N, 71° 23' 34.98" W
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Area Code(s)603
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near NH-112, Waterville Valley NH 03259, US
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