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The Ledge: Manchester’s Famous Geologic Formation

January 7th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Books, City Library, Events, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room

Former radio personality, educator and historian Ed Brouder will present an illustrated program entitled “The Ledge” on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Manchester City Library auditorium, 405 Pine Street.

In the late 1800s a quarry was opened by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company near what is currently known as Derryfield Park.  Granite was brought from the “Ledge” to be used as foundations for the mill buildings which are still evident in the Millyard today.  In the 1920s the quarry had filled with water and the “Brownies”, a group of year-round swimmers, used the quarry for their exhibition diving attracting local spectators and  international news coverage. Several swimmers drowned there prior to its closing by the City of Manchester in 1983. There were many stories, both fact and fiction, about the area. Historically significant, haunting, and mysterious, the Ledge has many long kept secrets which will be revealed by Brouder and his extensive research.

The program is free and open to the public. Handicapped access is available via the library’s Concord Street entrance. 

In case of snow, the program will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6:30pm.

For more information, contact Cynthia O’Neil at 603-624-6550.

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