Hardy Parker Homestead:
- N42 ° 52.018′ W71 ° 25.735′
- N42 ° 52.026′ W71 ° 25.678′
Down the trail from the historical marker is the Hardy / Parker homestead which is home to two cellar holes. In the 1857 map of Londonderry the closer of the two was owned by Edward (Edwin) P. Parker. He got the land from his father, Reverend Edward L. Parker who was the Pastor of Londonderry and Derry’s Presbyterian churches. (Reverend Parker most likely received the land from the Kimball family. He married Mehetabel Kimball in 1811. The Kimball family still lives on the northern border of the Musquash.) This foundation was most likely laid sometime between 1812 and 1825.
The Parkers daughter Clarrissa later married Benjamin Hardy. Benjamin owned the second house on the homestead was built around 1830. In the 1892 map of Londonderry, the Parker property is deeded to Benjamin Hardy Jr. who was Benjamin and Clarrissas’ eldest son. Their second son John is listed as owning the house that they once lived in. Along with Benjamin Jr. (b. 1834) and John (b. 1837), the Hardy family had four other children. A daughter who died an infant (b. 1835?), Lorenzo (b. 1841), Sylvester (b. 1843) and Clarrissa (b. 1845).
In the early days of Londonderry access to these homes was on an “old road leading into the woods near the home of Miss Georgia Menter, which originally came out onto the road behind the Watts place.”1 This road came north from Wiley Hill Road and connected with the Parker Logging Road.
While at the Hardy / Parker homestead, you may notice a pair of wagon wheels around a tree in the center of the cellar hole. The tree has grown through the solid wheels. Since those wheels were laid there the tree has grown to over 70 feet tall and is almost as wide as the wheels themselves.
If you take the time to look around the homestead you may find some more interesting pieces of history. These may include wells, or other structures and household items. Please be sure to leave the items where they are and do not disturb them so others can enjoy the history of Londonderry.