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Historic Sites

Wentworth Coolidge Mansion
Located in Portsmouth, it is open mid-June through Labor Day. The National Historic Landmark offers guided tours, picnicking and has restrooms for convenience. There are 42 rooms in the mansion, which originally was the home of Benning Wentworth, Royal Governor of New Hampshire, 1741-1767. In addition, the first lilacs to come to America were planted on the property. For information call: (603)436-6607

Franklin Pierce Homestead
Located in Hillsboro, it is open weekends mid-May through late June and September 1 through Columbus Day. It is open daily from early July through August 31. House tours are offered. The home was built in 1804 and was the home of Franklin Pierce, the 14th U.S. President. For information call: (603)478-3165

Daniel Webster Birthplace
Located in Franklin, it is open weekends only from mid-June through Labor Day. Daniel Webster, on of the US's most distinguished statesmen and orators, was born in this two room frame house. Restored in 1913, the building contains antique furnishings and utensils of this period (1782-1852). A living history program is offered for visitors on weekend and a school program is offered in the spring/fall by reservation. For information call: (603)934-5057

Tip Top House
Located off Rte 16 at Pinkham Notch and Rte 302 north, the recently restored historic Tip Top House is located at the summit of the Mount Washington State Park. Built in the early 1850's, water and stone were the only construction materials available on the summit. Served as a hotel, weather observatory, and print shop after its completion in 1853. It became the home of the nation's first mountaintop newspaper, Among the Clouds, in 1880. It remains a constant reminder of the importance and growth of tourism in New Hampshire. For information call: (603)466-3347

Robert Frost Farm
This historic site offers a nature/poetry trail. Robert Frost and his family resided here from 1900-1909, which is a simple two story white clapboard farm house typical of New England in the 1880's. For information call: (603)432-3091

Tourist Attractions

Castle in the Clouds on the Castle Springs Estate
Castle in the Clouds on the Castle Spring Estate: The Taste and Tour Sensation of New Hampshire. A visit to the Castle Springs estate affords a wide range of enjoyable activities for the whole family. The estate encompasses more than 5,200 acres of the Ossipee Mountains, looking down on Lake Winnipesaukee. Visitors can hike on well-marked mountain trails, picnic at many scenic locations and feed the giant trout at Shannon Pond. Tours include: The historic mansion Castle in the Clouds with its breathtaking views of the surrounding pristine mountains and craftsmanship of a bygone era. The bottling facility of Castle Springs Premium Mountain spring water now distributed in more than 30 states and throughout the Caribbean. The new microbrewery of Castle Springs Brewing Co. where premium, handcrafted Lucknow beers and ales are brewed. A tram ride up a tree-covered mountain lane to the spring site where Castle Springs remarkable pure water rises naturally to the surface in a mountain glen. A Castle Springs visit also includes the gift shoppe with a broad selection of souvenir items at reasonable prices, a snack shop with patio dining and guided western horseback rides on scenic mountain trails. Also available for private functions is the Carriage House hospitality room with seating for 200, complete catering facilities, dance floor and private full-service bar. Castle in the Clouds is the centerpiece of the breathtaking Castle Springs estate. Complimentary tasting at the spring water plant and brewery. For information call: (800)729-2468

Ruggles Mine: The Mine in the Sky
In 1803 Sam Ruggles discovered Mica in Grafton. Rediscover this 191 year old, spectacular open pit mine: shining white walls, huge rooms, tunnels. Over 150 minerals: mica, feldspar, beryl, amethyst, rose/smokey quartz, garnet, ... Uranium minerals (gummite, autunite) prized by collectors/museums. Mineral collecting permitted with admission tickets. Gift shop, snack bar. For information call: (603)523-4275

Strawbery Banke Museum
Tour historic homes and period gardens dating from 1695. For information call: (603)433-1100

Albacore Park
Open year round. Hours: Summer 9:30-5:30/ Winter 9:30-4:00. Th-Mon. Tour the World's Fastest Submarine, which was the basis for today's nuclear submarines. For information call: (603)436-3680

The Mount Washington Observatory
Since 1932, this private non-profit, membership based organization has been involved in weather research, observation and education. You'll have a whole new view on the weather, history, and the White Mountains when you visit or become a member of the Observatory. As a member, you can take advantage of unique volunteer and educational opportunities, including Edu Trips, a unique winter overnight workshop in which participants study on the mountain. For information call: (603)356-8345