Exploring the Winnipesaukee Museum

Exploring NH Passport: NH Heritage Trail with GSA Roberta Wells!

Winnipesaukee Museum

The Winnipesaukee Museum and Historical Society is a Diamond in the Rough.  It’s new director is working hard to catalog, organize, and preserve the treasures they have collected.  Perhaps the most notable items in the museum are the wonderful scale models of the numerous steamships that once traversed the lake going from estate to estate and to the various towns.  These models are all the work of one man who also has his models on display at the Boat Museum in Wolfeboro.

There are numerous photographs and posters that tell the story of a by-gone era on the lake as well as some historic happenings.  There are also numerous maps that depict the geology and nature of the entire region.

Right now everything is a bit of a hodge podge but it’s like going to a great rummage sale, you don’t know what you might spy if you poke around enough.

In addition to the museum itself they have an evening Lecture Series on Wednesdays covering subjects from The History of the Laconia Car Company (as in railroad & trolley cars) to UNH’s Underwater Habitat in Alton Bay circa 1968 to farm architecture in New Hampshire.

It was an hour well spent.  And I couldn’t complain that it was only about a mile down the road to the Kellerhaus with its extensive gift shops with a lot of New Hampshire themed gifts, it’s eye popping selection of candies and chocolates, and it’s famous ice cream Sunday smorgasbord.