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

Rear 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

Arts and Crafts Home in a Glorious Setting

Even if you’re not an expert in architecture, you will be charmed by this delightful mansion of the Arts and Crafts style tucked into a shelf in the Ossipee Mountains, overlooking New Hampshire’s most stunning lakes. Castle in the Clouds was built in 1914 by a wealthy show manufacturer, who retired at age 51, married, and built the house, originally called Lucknow, with his new wife. The style incorporates forms of nature in its curvaceous lines and handcrafted details. Views from the house, and along the mountainous road leading to it, are enchanting. Children are welcome. The Carriage Barn contains an Art Gallery and a restaurant, serving fresh meals from local food producers. The property has access to many hiking trails. Open weekends through May and daily from June to October.
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.
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
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/
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
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
Wolfeboro Historical 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.
Hours: July-August, Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; tours by appointment spring and fall.
Information: www.wolfeborohistoricalsociety.org.