A Period of Enlightenment
They came from New Haven, Boston, Providence, Hartford and even New York. They came to the White Mountains of New Hampshire seeking a haven from the noise of the cities and the business of urban life. The turn of the century found thinkers and writers such as Henry and William James, e.e. cummings, friends and descendants of Julia Ward Howe, and many more, settling in our community.
Great ideas were being formulated that hatched great societal changes.
It is out of this environment that women like Elizabeth Lane Whittemore and Mrs. Franklin Balch came to Chocorua. They came to enjoy a quieter life and soon became devoted to the townspeople, the community, and its welfare. Mrs. Whittemore served as the Director of the New Haven Visiting Nurses. She was known for a strong vein of responsibility beneath her beauty. She sensed that the Tamworth community could benefit from a nursing service of its own and hence, is chiefly credited with being the founder of the Tamworth Community Nurse Association.The whole story of these pioneer years, of work quietly carried on yet plainly manifest in lives made healthier and happier... is carried on with the work of our nurses today. This work continues on proudly, with a deep respect for the foresight of our founders, the sense of philanthropy of our benefactors and the deep generosity of spirit of those who have voluntarily served on the Board of Directors and guided this organization through 94 years of service.