NH group sells engraved pavers to fund ‘Old Man’ monument

Posted Nov. 26, 2010, at 1:44 p.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — Looking for a unique gift to give this Christmas?

Here’s one suggestion: Helping to preserve the memory of the Old Man of the Mountain.

The group raising money for a Franconia Notch memorial to New Hampshire’s crumbled symbol is looking for contributions to complete a granite-stone plaza on the shore of Profile Lake.

Granite pavers of various sizes are being offered for sale. They can be engraved with the donator’s name or a personalized message. Pavers will be laid in the plaza next spring.

The Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund has sold over $40,000 worth of pavers so far.

The Old Man of the Mountain collapsed on May 3, 2003. The monument marking it will feature seven hand-crafted steel rods of varying heights, mounted on granite bases and aimed at the cliff where the Old Man once stood.

Viewers will be able to choose a rod appropriate to their height, align the rod’s uneven surface against the cliffside above the lake, and “see” the outline of the Old Man’s profile.