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CHAPTER XXIII.

ROADS.

   The settlers traveled from house to house by means of paths, which by constant treading and use became harder and harder and more distinctly roads. There were no wheeled carriages and the people went on foot or horseback. They traveled straight, with no reference to inequalities of hill or valley. The first paths were worn along South Road, between the houses of the settlers, and to Lebanon, where they had to go for grain. As other settlers came and built their log huts in other parts of the town, paths were trod to their houses. When the corn mill was built a path was made to Eames’ mill from the south part of the town, subsequently a road was laid over this part, “as now trod to Eames Mill.” This road ran through the north field of the old Barber farm, nearly on the east line of M. E. Cross’, across his road to the town house, through his field and so on towards the northeast to the mills at the outlet of Hart’s Pond. Traces of this road are still visible just inside the west line of wall on J. B. Wallace’s land.

    Another road to the mill led along the north side of Hart’s Pond, and was called the “old Cardigan Road,” over much the same course as the road now used, until it reached the corner, then turning and running south by Joshua, Wells’, turning again southwesterly over the hill towards the Bickford place and so on towards Orange over the bridge by the fair grounds. Another path led to the mill from Dorchester, and came out near the Putney house on the previous road.

    The road across Sawyer Hill dates back to an old path trod between Nathaniel Bartlett’s and South Road, by the houses of Ezekiel Wells, Samuel Meacham, Warren Wilson, William Richardson, Clark Currier and Amasa Clark.

    These paths, which gradually became roads capable of travel with ox teams and horses, were built for the accommodation of the settlers only; there was no traveling for pleasure, and with the exception of Governor Wentworth when he passed over his