White Mountains offer a view into state's past at historic homes and sites
Off Route 302
Bretton Woods, NH, 03589
Board historic Cog Railway and explore a mountain summit
For nearly a century and a half, those traveling to New Hampshire's White Mountains have been stepping aboard the Cog Railway and journeying to the top of Mount Washington, the highest summit in the Northeast. It's both exciting and educational, a great experience for the whole family. Our train climbs 6,288 feet up the steepest railroad tracks in North America, passing through several climate zones on the way. Get out and explore the unique environment of a mountain summit. Visit the Weather Observatory, where meteorologists study wild winter weather. Ride a train pulled by an old-fashioned steam engine, or an new eco-friendly biodiesel locomotive. Before the trip enjoy breakfast or lunch at our Base Station restaurant. Trains run late April through November.
Eastman Lord House
100 Main Street
Conway, NH, 03818
This is the residence of Conway mill owner, William Kimball Eastman. Built in 1818, the house's 17 rooms are open to the public and are furnished in periods from 1818 through 1945. Eastman Lord House Museum has recently been named to the National Register of Historic Places.
Season: Memorial Day through Labor Day
Hours: Wednesday, 2-4 p.m.; Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $3 per person; $6 per family.
Jefferson Historical Museum
900 Presidential Highway (Route 2)
Jefferson, NH, 03584
Located in a church built in 1869, this museum features a look at the history of the town of Jefferson and the surrounding area. Of particular interest is the focus on the Waumbek Hotel, an important structure in Jefferson's history.
Season: June-Columbus Day.
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Frost Place
158 Ridge Road
Franconia, NH, 03580
The former home and farmer of famed poet Robert Frost, this museum offers exhibits about his life and works. Poetry readings are scheduled throughout the season, and there is a nature trail available.
Hours: Memorial Day-July 2, Saturdays and Sundays, 1–5 p.m.; July 3-October 8, daily except Tuesdays, 1–5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $4, seniors, $3, students age 6–18, $2.