A Special Place to Visit in Tilton
The town of Tilton has many special places – natural, historic,
architectural, and retail.
This Tilton Conservation Newsletter offers a glimpse into one
of those special places –
The Charles E. Tilton
mansion (known as The Terraces) was built from 1861 to 1864.
It is a
Second Empire style building on a hill overlooking the downtown
Main Street. Mr. Tilton
added west and east wings and a two-story porch to the mansion
between 1870 and 1880.
The mansion was purchased by the
Tilton School and is used today as
a library and art center.
Fun Outdoor Winter Activities
A. Skate, snowshoe, ski, sled, make snow forts, have snowball fights.
B. Build a miniature luge track using metal spoons to smooth it.
Race spoons, rubber ball, or acorns to see which goes fastest.
C. Make mini-snowmen out of snowballs. Create a city of
D. Take a magnifying glass outside to look at frozen vegetation.
E. Take a thermometer outside and find the temperature in
F. Make an ice sculpture - fill a clear, plastic container with
a few inches of water
and add food coloring as well as sticks or rocks or leaves. Set
outside to freeze.
Then add more water and coloring. Repeat to make multiple
layers. Display in the yard.
G. Have a contest to make the largest snowball.
H. Look for animal tracks. (See
a past issue for details)
Wood Stove Safety
As winter weather arrives,
it can be economical as well as comforting to heat with wood.
But, there are some general safety tips that everyone should
1. Have your fireplace, wood stove, and chimney inspected yearly
for creosote or possible cracks. Check distances from
surfaces. Follow all manufacturer's guidelines for your wood
2. Burn wood that has been cut, split, and seasoned for at least
3. Kindle fires with paper and dry wood kindling,
NEVER with accelerants.
4. Don't burn household trash, magazines, or plastics which
release toxic fumes.
5. Be sure to dispose of all ashes in a covered metal container
kept away from combustibles. Even cool ashes can start a fire.
6. Install smoke detectors on every floor and in all bedrooms.
Keep at least one fire extinguisher available and know how to