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White Mountains Historic Attractions

Historic Attractions in the White Mountains

The White Mountains region is tremendously rich in history. Here, you can see how one of America's most famous poets lived and worked; visit mountaintop estates and local museums where you'll learn about everything from the origins of skiing in New Hampshire to how early generations made their living off the land. You can also visit a restored 1930's streamline train, a re-creation of a 1900's logging camp and attractions of every kind imaginable.

The following Businesses are members of the White Mountains Attractions Association

American Police Motorcycle Museum
194 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith 03253
603-279-6387 ~ www.americanpolicemotorcyclemuseum.com
Over sixty vintage motorcycles from every decade with racers, military, civilian and police motorcycles in working condition. A movie theatre, a real 1948 Indian Chief for souvenier pictures and a shop where we build bikes in real time is just part of your museum experience. Come see, enjoy, learn and share as we are the only museum of its kind in the country!

Bethlehem Heritage Society Museum
Main Street, Bethlehem 03574
888-845-1957 ~ www.bethlehemwhitemtns.com
Open Thursday-Saturday 11 am - 4 pm. In Visitors Center, changing exhibits showcase the extensive collection of grand hotel and cottage memorabilia and photographs.

Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Road, Off I-93, Exit 18, Canterbury 03224
603-783-9511 ~ www.shakers.org
Canterbury Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark, is dedicated to preserving the 200-year Shaker legacy of innovative design, entrepreneurship and simple living. Includes 25 restored original and four reconstructed Shaker buildings on 694 inspirational acres. Tours, exhibits, events, cafe, museum store. www.shakers.org.

Conway Historical Society
100 Main Street, Conway 03818
603-447-5551 ~ www.conwayhistoy.org
(Eastman-Lord-House Museum) Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Wednesday 2-4pm and Saturday 1-4pm. Appointments may be made anytime between May 1st and October 31st. 12 period rooms in styles ranging from 1820-1945, research materials available, open by appointment during May and September.

Flying Yankee
At the Hobo Railroad, 64 Railroad St., Lincoln 03251
603-661-3317 ~ www.flyingyankee.com
Streamlined stainless, diesel/electric train built in 1935 during the Depression. Flying Yankee is being restored as original at the Hobo Railroad. Prototype for today’s high speed trains. Open to public for tours. Go to website: flyingyankee.com; email: flyingyankee@usa.net; or call for details.

Franconia Heritage Museum
553 Main Street, Franconia 03580
603-823-5000 ~ www.franconianh.org
Browse through fully furnished 1878 New England farmhouse and view our special exhibits. Open Friday and Saturday 1-4 pm, Memorial Day thru last weekend in October; other times by appointment. Admission is free; donations are welcome.

Franconia Iron Furnace
Main Street, Franconia 03580
603-823-5000 ~
The only blast furnace still standing in New Hampshire. It can be viewed anytime across the Gale River. A scale model and exhibits are viewable in the Interpretive Center anytime. Free admission.

Gorham Historical Society Museum
25 Railroad Street, Gorham 03581
603-466-5338 ~ www.aannh.org/heritage/coos/gorhamhist.php
Generally open Tues.-Sat., 10 am – 3 pm, early spring-late fall or by arrangement. Call for hours. Admission by donation. 1907 GTRR depot museum with town & railroad history. Model railroad in a boxcar, steam era exhibit, Baldwin steam engine, diesel locomotive, Russell snowplow, caboose and other equipment on display.

Jefferson Historical Museum
900 Presidential Hwy, Route 2, Jefferson 03583
603-586-7021 ~ www.aannh.org/heritage/coos/jefferson.php
Housed in 1868 church building on the edge of the Waumbek Golf Course. The historical society meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the museum. Museum Hours: Thursday and Sunday from 1-4pm, June-Columbus Day.

John Wingate Weeks Historic Site
on the Summit of Mount Prospect, Lancaster 03584
603-788-4004 ~
On the summit of Mt. Prospect in Lancaster, is the former estate of John Wingate Weeks, the Secretary of War and U.S. Congressman who introduced legislation that led to the establishment of this country's National Forest system. The views from the road to the summit (a state-designated Scenic & Cultural Byway) are spectacular.

Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University
17 High St., MSC #73, Plymouth 03223
603-535-3210 ~ go.plymouth.edu/mwm
The Museum of the White Mountains - visit and learn why this region has and continues to attract tourists, scientists, artists & others to its mountains, lakes & communities. Preview our online collections, exhibitions and catalogues at go.plymouth.edu/mwm. Visit us in Plymouth at 34 Highland Street on the PSU campus. Please call 603-535-3210 for hours & directions. Admission is free. Closed Mondays. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm. Wednesday: 10:00am-7:00pm. Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm. Closed Holidays and PSU Holidays.

New Hampshire Historical Society Museum
30 Park Street, Exit 14 off I-93, Concord 03301
603-856-0603 ~ www.nhhistory.org
Get to know the Granite State's people, places, and heritage at New Hampshire's statewide historical society. Museum exhibits include Native American artifacts, an original Concord stagecoach, and magnificent White Mountain paintings.

Old Man of the Mountain Museum
Off I-93, Exit 34B, Franconia 03580
603-823-8800 ~ oldmanofthemountainlegacyfund.org
Displays of historic memorabilia and photos relative to the care, repair and promotion of the state's official symbol. Open daily end of May to late October. Admission is free.

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm
58 Cleveland Hill Rd., Tamworth 03886
603-323-7591 ~ www.remickmuseum.org
Explore over 200 years of self-sustained living, from a shipwright to tavern keeper, from a country doctor to dairymen. Discover the history of one of the most influential families in Tamworth. Working farm and living history museum await.

Sugar Hill Historical Museum
Main Street, Sugar Hill 03585
603-823-5336 ~
June 5–October 9, Friday–Saturday 11 am–2 pm and by appointment. In our carriage barn visit the “Then & Now” displays. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

The Frost Place
158 Ridge Road, Franconia 03580
603-823-5510 ~ www.frostplace.org
The Frost Place is beloved poet, Robert Frost’s former home converted into a house-museum. A visit includes a tour of the house, a Poetry Trail walk, informational video, and a stunning view from Frost’s former front porch looking out onto the Franconia Ridge and Notch. Open seasonally from May to October; extended hours during fall foliage.

The New England Ski Museum
Base of Cannon Mountain off I-93, Exit 34B, Franconia 03580
603-823-7177 ~ www.skimuseum.org
This museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of the history of skiing. Open 7 days a week Memorial Day-March 31st, 10am-5pm. Vintage ski films showing continuously & museum shop. Free admission.

Upper Pemigewasset Historical Museum
26 Church Street, Lincoln 03251
603-745-8159 ~
The museum reflects the everyday life of past years with lots of photos, displays of logging, hotels and inns and personal memorabilia of folks who lived in this river valley from 1890's to present. Open Wednesdays 2pm-4pm and Saturday 6p-8pm beginning June 24th.

Wright Museum of WWII History
Route 28/77 Center Street, Wolfeboro 03894
603-569-1212 ~ www.wrightmuseum.org
Come explore the stories of America's Greatest Generation on the Home Front and Battlefields of World War II. Affordable and educational family fun.