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Lakes region offers a view into state's past at historic homes and sites

Aerial View 500x250 - Castle in the Clouds - Moultonborough, NH
Castle in The Clouds

Route 171 - 455 Old Mountain Road Moultonborough, NH, 03254 Phone: 603-476-5900

Come experience the history and beauty of a turn-of-the-century estate in the mountains

At Castle in the Clouds, the historic Lucknow Estate has quite the story to tell. The Arts-and-Crafts-style mansion, built in 1914 for Thomas and Olive Plant, was quite innovative, with a central vacuuming system, needle showers and other modern appliances. The Plants themselves were a rags-to-riches-to-rags story, with a fortune earned then lost, but no expense was spared on the estate, with its man-made pond (still stocked with trout today, who will jump out of the water for food), carriage house and spectacular gardens. Most of the furnishings in the mansion, which you can explore on a self-guided tour, are original, and a basement tour offers a view of the servants’ lives. There are miles of hiking trails, two restaurants and special exhibits in the Carriage House.
New Hampshire Farm Museum
New Hampshire Farm Museum

Route 125, Plummer’s Ridge Milton, NH, 03851 Phone: 603-652-7840

The Farm Museum consists of the historic Jones Farm and the Plummer Homestead. The properties consist of 50 acres of field and forest, a working farm, historic houses and barns, a blacksmith shop, a shoe shop and exhibits on agriculture and rural life. The museum hosts special events, programs, and workshops.
Hours:Mid-June to mid-October, Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; May 20-June 16, open weekends,10 a.m.-5 p.m.; October 13-November 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Information: www.farmmuseum.org.
Mary Baker Eddy Historic Houses

Stinson Lake Road, Rumney; and Hall's Brook Road, North Groton Rumney and North Groton, NH Phone: 603-786-9943

Houses of Christian Science Church founder, Mary Baker Eddy, from 1855-1862.
Hours: May 1-October 31; Thursday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment.
Admission: Suggested donation of $5; children under age 12 admitted for free.
Information: www.longyear.org
Clark House Museum Complex

337 South Main Street Wolfeboro, NH, 03894 Phone: 603-569-4997

A collection of historic exhibits and structures includes the Clark House (built in the 18th century), an 1805 schoolhouse, and a firehouse museum featuring antique machinery. Operated by Wolfeboro Historical Society.
Open: July thru Labor Day, Wednesday-Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm
Daniel Webster Birthplace

Route 127 Franklin, NH Phone: 603-934-5057

This home, built in 1782, was the birthplace of Daniel Webster, one of the best-known and most important statesman of the 19th century. This house offers exhibits on Webster's life, as well as objects from the period.
Hours: June 21 through September 1, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $7; children ages 6-11, $3.
Information: www.nhstateparks.com/danielwebster.html
Belknap Mill Society

The Mill Plaza Laconia, NH Phone: 603-524-8813

Built in 1823 as a textile mill, the Belknap Mill offers a permanent exhibit on industrial history, changing exhibits on art and history, workshops, lectures, festivals and other events, year-round. The oldest brick textile mill in the country, the Belknap is now home to exhibits on knitting and mill history. Live demonstrations are offered. Visitors may tour the art gallery and permanent exhibit on their own or schedule a guided tour.
Hours: Open year-round.
Information: www.belknapmill.org/
Sandwich Historical Society Museum

4 Maple Street Center Sandwich, NH, 03227 Phone: 603-284-6269

This museum offers a barn and home built in 1850. Inside, exhibits trace the history of Sandwich from the 18th century. Of particular interest is the transportation exhibit.
Hours: Tours are held late June 24-early October 6, Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Information: www.sandwichhistorical.org