Little has been written about Eleazar Rosebrook. However, Rosebrook was involved with commerce through the Crawford Notch for over twenty-five years, and appears to have been a significant participant.
He was providing accommodations for travelers, almost from the time he settled there in 1792. His daybook indicates that at that time he was also involved in building and repairing roads through the Notch. In 1804, he was a builder and Director of the10th New Hampshire Turnpike and be built portions of the Jefferson Turnpike and the Littleton Turnpike. He may have supervised construction on other segments of those roads. He died in 1817 and was the grandfather of Lucy Crawford’s husband, Ethan Allen Crawford. Lucy helped her husband-to-be care for his grandfather in the final years of his life. Most of what has been written about Rosebrook was included in her book, History of the White Mountains, published in 1846. Ethan Allen Crawford inherited his grandfather's property after his death.
Rosebrook settled in Nash and Sawyer’s Location, near the Giant’s Grave, in 1792. He bought that property from Abel Crawford, his son-in-law. Abel moved 12 miles east through the Notch and settled in Hart’s Location, near what is today Notchland. Abel’s home was also a tavern, and he also was involved with the turnpikes as a builder, toll collector and stockholder.
Timothy Dwight, President of Yale College, toured the
This image, and that at the top of this page, shows the Rosebrook Farm, according to a woodblock that Lucy Crawford had prepared for use in a second edition of her book. Courtesy Dartmouth College Library.
Having prospered during years with poor roads, it’s logical to assume that he would consider a turnpike running past his door likely to improve his business. It’s not surprising, therefore, that Rosebrook was an early investor in the Tenth. Documents in the Crawford Collection at
Rosebrook was also a builder of the turnpikes. For more information on his involvement with the turnpikes, click here  Crawford Family Papers,
Clearly, Eleazar Rosebrook deserves more credit than history has given him so far.
 Crawford Family Papers,