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This article was written by Mrs. Ellen McRoberts Mason;  unfortunately the name of the newspaper was cut out.  Mr. F. H.(Freeman H. MASON) was my great uncle.  His wife's name was Martha NUTTER.  I am interested in information of NESTLENOOK and the MASON HOTEL;  also the surnames MASON and NUTTER. 

Transcribed & donated by:
Ellen McGrath
From my great grandmother,
Ellen McRoberts MASON'S scrap book.



"NESTLENOOK", Jackson, Dec. 26, (1881)

Nestlenook is the valley-farm of Mr. F. H. MASON, the genial proprietor of the Mason's Hotel, North Conway.  The Glen Ellis River forms a half circle around it, and it is entirely secluded from the "rude world" by hill and forest. In the summer a foot-bridge crosses the river, but in winter the only connection with the highway is a woodland road a quarter of a mile in length.  Mount Washington, Carter Notch and Moat Mountain are very beautiful from the immediate vicinity of its tasteful cottage.  Here, on Christmas, Mr. Mason gave a select dinner party, issuing invitations to a few friends and the members of his own family.  A glorious morning ushered in a lovely day, and the warm sunshine rippling over the snowless fields gave them a spring-time warmth and brightness, quite unusual at this season of the year.  The majority of the party arrived at Nestlenook about eleven a.m.  Mr. M. C. Mason and his brilliant little wife were among the later arrivals.  

The cottage was becomingly attired and garlanded;  ferns and evergreen fresh from the heart of the neighboring woodlands, decorated every conceivable nook.  Plates of exquisite moss, prisoned bright berries and stems of trailing vines;  pitcher plants and skeleton bouquets grew in the antique vases and bright leaves nodded welcome to the guests.  The dinner was   a grand success.  Mr. Mason's hotel cook had been summoned to Nestlenook to prepare and superintend the repast and her culinary triumph elicited universal commendation.  The table was most tastefully and temptingly arranged and much to the surprise of the guests each one found by his or her plate a bill of fare to be retained as a souvenir of the occasion.  These had been designed and prepared expressly for this dinner.  They were of birch bark, ornamented with immortelles and sprigs of pressed moss;  and contained an original Christmas verse appropriate to the recipient.  They were received with marked admiration.  The bill of fare was as follows:


Merry Christmas, 1881  Mr. W. Jacobs,

May Christmas be to you a flower,
Pansy-veined and shaded,
Worn within thy heart of hearts,
When its bloom has faded.

Chicken Pie.
Potatoes, Squash, Boiled Onions, Celery.
Apple Jelly, Apple Sauce, Sherry Wine Jelly, Lemon Jelly.
English Plum Pudding,wine sauce.
Mince,Apple,Custard,Cream and Lemon pies.
Italian cream, White Grapes, Oranges, Apples. 

Mr. Mason and his loveable wife thoroughly understand the art of entertaining guests, having regard not only for their epicurean, but their social tastes.  I am satisfied that no pleasanter circumstances for any party in the land than those which surrounded the group of friends who met at Nestlenook.   The affair passed off with decided éclat, and were it not for the sadness of an after occurrence would stand forever in memory as a perfect day.  How closely allied are joy and sorrow!  All the guests except Mr. F. FELLOWS had departed, when a favorite horse owned by Mr. Mason, for many years, escaped from the field, fell on the ice, and conveyed to the barn, and died within two hours.  The family grieve exceedingly for the faithful dumb creature who has served them so long.  Her death was a sorrowful after-act to the joyful holiday drama so recently enacted.






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