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Indian Mortar Lot

Corner of Central and Dearborn Streets
Franklin, NH

Marker Number: 129
Name and date established: Franklin 1979

Description: The large mortar found here is in a boulder of glacial origin first hollowed out by water, then by many years of apparent use of Abnaki Indians, and later by the first settlers for grinding corn or maize which was made into cakes and baked over open fire. Also located in this historic lot is a boulder on which a shad is carved, perhaps by the red man to preserve a likeness of his favorite fish, which swam up the Winnipesaukee River when the shadbush blossomed. After the dams were built, the fish disappeared.

Location: Located at the northwest corner of Central Street (Routes 3 and 11) and Dearborn Street. This marker was erected in cooperation with the City of Franklin.