Route 171 - 455 Old Mountain RoadMoultonborough, NH, 03254Phone: 603-476-5900
Arts and Crafts Home in a Glorious Setting
Touring the historic Lucknow Estate at Castle in the Clouds lis like taking a trip to the 1910s and 1920s, when the then state-of-the-art Arts and Crafts-style mansion was built by Thomas Plant, who made his fortune in the shoe industry. Modern amenities included a central vacuum setup and an interphone system. But visitors also enjoy a look at vintage clothing, period furnishings and a new basement tour to see how the servants lived. The 5,000-acre estate also includes a manmade pond still stocked with rainbow trout, hiking trails along waterfalls, a carriage house restaurant and exhibit gallery, where visitors are asked to help solve some restoration mysteries. And the mountain and lake views: spectacular. Castle in the Clouds has a full slate of seasonal activities for visitors of all ages.
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.
Daniel Webster Birthplace
Route 127Franklin, NHPhone: 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.
Belknap Mill Society
The Mill PlazaLaconia, NHPhone: 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.
Wolfeboro Historical Museum Complex
337 South Main StreetWolfeboro, NH, 03894Phone: 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.
July-August, Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; tours by appointment spring and fall.
Mary Baker Eddy Historic Houses
Stinson Lake Road, Rumney; and Hall's Brook Road, North GrotonRumney and North Groton, NHPhone: 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.
Sandwich Historical Society Museum
4 Maple StreetCenter Sandwich, NH, 03227Phone: 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.