Bucky Dumaine's Headstone and memorial stone benches

I had always thought it was private property, maybe a part of the nearby Groton School. After all, no signs point to it. From the road, it’s just a brick wall and a wrought-iron fence.

But there always seemed to be cars parked outside the fence, several, and generally didn’t seem to be the same ones. So finally my curiosity got the better of me, and went to check it out.

I had found The Groton Place.

It’s a curious place.

It looks like part of an estate, because that’s what it used to be – part of the estate of Frederick “Buck” Dumaine. Today, its 54 acres and 150 acres of the adjoining Sabine Woods are managed by the New England Forestry Foundation, and open to the public. Wide, well-tended paths wind through the area, including about a half-mile along the east bank of the Nashua River.

Crossing a small bridge between the main gate and the grounds, the first thing you see is a memorial to the fox hunts that were held here during the first half of the 20th century. Dumaine and his favorite horse, “Pat Rooney” are buried on a spot overlooking the river. Dumaine’s stone just carries his years 1866-1951.

There’s no other information about him anywhere on the grounds.

A quick internet search doesn’t give us much more.

The family money came from the Amoskeag Mills in Manchester, NH. He also became a railroad tycoon. He’s characterized as a sportsman and aggressive businessman. Other than that, no one seems to have anything nice to say about him.

Not exactly a wild place, because of all the past plantings and landscaping, but as the years have gone by, it has become less groomed, giving it a forlorn look. Still, an interesting place for a walk.

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