Jotham A. French (1834-1898) was born in Westmorland NH in 1834 and left in 1857 to study photography in Salem MA. He returned to NH in 1861 and was a commercial photographer in Keene from 1861 to 1898. Many of the photographs here are from his collections
Lake Spofford, is about a mile and a half in length and a mile in width, covering about 700 acres. It lies at an altitude of 738 feet above the sea, and 500 feet above the Connecticut River. It is almost entirely spring fed with a rock and gravel floor. It has been known since colonial times for the remarkable clarity of its water.Prior to the 1890's it was known as Spafford's lake and is thought to be named after an earlier hunter that frequently camped along the shore.