Ann Stokes and Paula Duston cutting the tape on the new bridge.
On September 27th 2014, about 50 people joined members of the Chesterfield Conservation Commission at the Madame Sherri Forest in Chesterfield, New Hampshire to dedicate a new foot bridge at the entrance to the forest. The bridge was built by Rob Konig Md Sherri KioskAnn Stokes studies the new Kiosk and replaced a span which had become unstable. The conservation commission which has managed much of the maintenance and improvements in the Forest was represented by Tom Dustin, Lynne Borofsky Pam Walton, Amy Lafontaine and Jeff Newcomer. We were especially honored to have Ann Stokes on hand for the dedication. Ann knew Madame Sherri and, by coincidence, in 1965, on the day that Sherri died in a Brattleboro nursing home, Ann signed the agreement to purchase the land that became the Madame Sherri Forest. Tom and Lynne hosted the dedication ceremony which included the unveiling of a new informational Kiosk outlining the life of Madame Sherri and her "Castle" in the woods of Chesterfield. Thanks to the Fields Pond Foundation for their $3,000 grant supporting the improvements at the Madame Sherri Forest.
Following the ceremony, the party moved up the trail to the castle ruins where Lynne presented a wonderful summary of her research into the Madame's life and times. There have been many misconceptions and rumors about Madame Sherri, some quite scandalous, but through Lynne's exhaustive investigation we discovered that the real story is much less risqué and infinitely more varied and interesting.
The 488 acres of the Madame Sherri Forest is held in conservation by the Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests. For more information about the forest check out our
More photos and information about Madame Sherri can be found on Jeff Newcomer's Digital Photography Bog at:
Photos by Jesse Duston