Fairmount Farm & Forest features an 1894 Colonial house and barn located at the base of Towne Hill, a prominent knoll in the town of Rindge, New Hampshire. This historical homestead, surrounded by fields and forest, is ideal for those seeking an active, outdoor lifestyle, where they can cultivate the land, manage the forest, and enjoy the many benefits of rural living.
Fairmount Farm & Forest sits on a prominent knoll in Rindge, New Hampshire, a small rural town in southern Cheshire County and home to Franklin Pierce University, the cultural and economic hub of the town.
Mount Monadnock, the highest point in the county (3,165' ASL - above sea level) can be viewed from various high points across town, including Fairmount Farm & Forest's upper field on a clear day. Annett Wayside Park, part of the 1,494-acre state forest, occupies the northeast corner of town and is not far from the scenic Cathedral of the Pines National Shrine located off Hale Road.
The property is less than two miles from the Massachusetts border, about 75 miles from Boston, MA, 48 miles from Manchester, NH and 92 miles from Hartford, CT. Locally, the property is only 21 miles from Keene and 12 miles from Peterborough, where a small but eclectic downtown of shops and eateries can be found.
The parcel has approximately 1,760’ of frontage on Thomas Road, a paved, town-maintained road with utilities that commence off Route 202 just a few miles to the east.
Bean Hill Road, an unmaintained Class VI gravel road, borders much of the northern boundary. With periodic improvements, this historical town road now provides convenient access for on-going forestry, habitat management and recreational activities.
The parcel encompasses Towne Hill, a notable hilltop that was cleared for pasture sometime in the late 18th century. Four fields, divided by stone walls, remain today and are still producing hay for area horses and livestock.
Roughly 25 acres of fields surround the homestead. The largest field is about 7 acres and stretches from behind the house to the top of Towne Hill where three smaller fields ranging in size from 2 to 6 acres are clustered. Each field is bordered by stone walls. A small pasture is located below the barn and another 6-acre field is located directly across Thomas Road. The fields are maintained by a local farmer who hays and fertilizes them each summer. The uppermost field offers scenic views of the surrounding countryside, including a long-distance view of Mount Monadnock to the north.
Overall, the topography and soils are excellent for continued forestry and a variety of agricultural activities.
Approximately 225 acres is forested, with soils varying from mostly well-drained to poorly-drained in some areas. Soils on the upper edges of the drumlin are well-drained and conducive to growing white pine, oak and hemlock, the dominant forest type along with mixed northern hardwoods (maple, birch, beech).
Until just this fall, the forest had not been thinned since the mid-sixties. The forest has become over-crowded with little to no young growth due to the dense canopy. The lack of young forest age classes limits wildlife habitat diversity. On the positive side, the long period of undisturbed growth has produced tall, large-diameter trees that will produce valuable sawlogs at harvest time.
The property has several special features. The upper field now has a view of Mount Monadnock due to the recent thinning. There are three man-made ponds on the property which provide wildlife habitat and complement the surrounding fields.