Our Virtual Exploration of NH

Our Sunny Gazette was designed to engage and provide learning opportunities about New Hampshire for our Granite State Ambassadors. Below are the virtual experiences we featured and some of the feedback we gathered. Updated daily.

For even more virtual experiences, visit our friends at the NH Division of Travel and Tourism!

American Independence Museum | America’s Stonehenge  | American Dairy Association of the Northeast  | Aviation Museum of New Hampshire | Bedrock Gardens  | Belknap Mill | Canterbury Shaker Village | Castle in the Clouds  | Cathedral of the Pines  | Children’s Museum of NH  | Cog RR | Concord TV | Currier Museum of Art 1 & 2 | Dancing Lion Chocolates  | Enfield Shaker Village | Experience Squam Excursions | Freedom Historical Society – Works Barn Museum & Allard House  | Glen House | Great North WoodsHeritage Park Railroad Museum  | Hermit Woods Winery Part 1  | Hermit Woods Winery Part 2 | Historical Society of Cheshire County – In the Far Pasture / Walldogs Murals & Empowered Women  / Viral Stories – Tales for a Pandemic | Hollis Historical Society  | Horatio Colony House Museum | Images of NH History  | Inn at East Hill Farm  | Karner Blue Butterfly Restoration  | Lakes Region | Macabre Attractions | Manchester Millyard Museum | Mariposa Museum  | McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center 1 & 2  | M/S Mount Washington | Museum of the White Mountains | New Century Neighborhood Walking Tour  | NH Boat Museum Boathouse Tour | NH Historical Society  | NH State House NH State House 2 | NH Telephone Museum  | Old Man of the Mountain | Old North Cemetery  | Peterborough  | Pine Grove Cemetery  | Portsmouth  | Portsmouth Athenaeum | Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm 1 & 2 & 3| Rye Historical Society | Seacoast Science CenterStark Brewing Company | Stonewall Farm | Squam Lakes Natural Science Center | Storyland  | Strawbery Banke  | Sub Zero Ice Cream  | Visit Concord NH – Concord and the Underground Railroad | Walking Tour of the Millyard  | Weekends with Yankee | White Mountain Central Railroad | White Mountain TV | Woodman Museum | Wright Museum |

Stonewall FarmDecember 1, 2020 edition

Stonewall Farm is a nonprofit working farm and educational center whose mission is to demonstrate regenerative farming while educating and engaging people to support food security, ecological resilience, healthy communities and planet.

More information about their history and background: Here

Tours: https://stonewallfarm.org/tours/

Recreation: https://stonewallfarm.org/recreation/

Organic Crops, Berries & Fruits: https://stonewallfarm.org/recreation/
Organic Dairy: https://stonewallfarm.org/dairy/

Farm Store: https://stonewallfarm.org/farm-store/

The Craft of Farming Video: Managing Soil Health – Grazing & Specialty Crops

I enjoyed the Virtual Tour ” Stonewall Farm ” it is in a perfect setting in the Monadnock Region. Located right in Keene and its long history of Farming dating back to the 1700’s till present day. They have a great web site with all the events going on year round seven days a week. I liked how they explained they are the only oldest working farm in the state of New Hampshire. They have over 120 acres of working farm with different events taking place and over 20,000 visitors each year. I enjoyed the video presented by Nikki “The Craft Of Farming”. I will be sure to mention this to visitors of our great state of New Hampshire.

The Woodman MuseumNovember 17, 2020 edition

About: The Woodman, founded in 1916, is a traditional early 20th-century style natural science, history, and art museum with exhibits for all ages. The campus is home to four buildings, which include the Woodman House (1818), the Hale House (1813), the William Damm Garrison (1675) and the Keefe House (1825). The museum’s collection includes hundreds of colonial artifacts; comprehensive mineral, shell and fossil gallery; mounted animal specimens; fine art and furniture; an extensive collection of militaria; local history objects; and much more. The Woodman is open seasonally to the public (from mid-March to mid-December) Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-5pm.

The four historic houses that make up the campus include:

  • The Woodman House (1818) holds the Museum’s collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, and taxidermy specimens (animals, aquatic life, birds, and butterflies).
  • The Damm Garrison House (1675), the oldest house in Dover, contains 800 artifacts from the colonial era.
  • The John Parker Hale House (1813), aside from telling the story of one of America’s foremost Abolitionists and ally of Abraham Lincoln (and whose daughter, Lucy was engaged to John Wilkes Booth), informs visitors of the socioeconomic history of Dover, primarily from the 19th century mills and textile designs that traveled the world. The Hale House also includes, on its second floor, some primary examples of Portsmouth furniture and related art and artifacts.
  • The Keefe House (1825) contains our library, where we store our collection of the city records of Dover, as well as the Thom Hindle Art Gallery and our offices.

More information here

Videos presentations from Woodman Museum: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8sDhpk1XPsXi7f3CrUVUMg/featured

The Woodman Museum in Dover is a treasure trove of information about many things. I particularly enjoyed seeing the beautiful silicates and other mineral collections, learning about the Navy nurse who was one of the first nurses in Saigon in 1964 and the first female to receive the Purple Heart. The differences in taxidermy over the years is certainly astounding.
All of the info on Marilla Ricker I had never heard before either; she was the first female in the state to do many things including being the first lawyer and the first to run for governor after helping to secure the 19th Amendment.
I am not usually interested in much war history but the Civil War account of the Dover volunteers from 1862 on was emotionally moving.

This was a very informative virtual tour of the “Woodman Museum – Dover”. They offer so many tours and programs between the 4 buildings. Which was established in 1916.The Woodman House,Hale House,William Damm Garrison and the Keef House are very diversified and steeped in historical events. They have so much to offer between the Science, History and Art Museum. Its wonderful they are members of The NH Heritage Museum Trail. I was amazed at the information on the Rock Collection provided by Charlot. Its in a convenient location at 182 Central Avenue in Dover right off of Rt 108 and Rt 9. I will be sure to recommend the Museum and all its Information it has to visitors of our great State of New Hampshire.

State House Visitor CenterNovember 10, 2020 edition

State House Visitor Center – new virtual tour!
Missing your time volunteering at the State House? Or has it been a long time since you’ve visited?

Watch and enjoy this BRAND NEW virtual tour of the State House led by Virginia and Margaret!

More info about the State House Visitor Center here.

The State House Visitor Center invites you to check out our newest merchandise and special sale items!

We are providing curbside pickup or shipping, just call us @ 271-2154! (Additional merchandise can be found on our online gift shop:

We are offering a FREE 2019-2020 Blue Book to all while quantities last! (Only few left as of today)
(You do not need to purchase any items to receive the Blue Book if you wish to pick one up


State House Virtual Tour. I’m sharing this video with my nephew who is recovering from knee replacement. I found it very informative and interesting. The paintings by the Keene artist done in the 1940s are so impressive and one would think they were more than 100 years old. I imagine they are unique to NH in the way they were executed.

This was a much better tour of the State House so informative about all the different rooms and chambers. The history was very informative about the 4 Statues out side on the grounds. How the state hose transpired from 2 floors to 3floors and the pillars along with the dome were added after the Civil War. The original Dorian Hall was changed to The Hall of Flags. The explanation of the 200 paintings throughout the building was great. The tour of the Great Hall where the Representatives meet, along with the Senate Chambers. How the Governor meets with the 5 members of The Executive Council from the state and the voting procedures. The “State House Visitor Center – New Virtual Tour” was well done and very informative. I will be sure to mention this tour to all my friends and family and visitors of New Hampshire. Thank you !!!!!

Seacoast Science CenterNovember 3, 2020 edition

About: The Seacoast Science Center is a non-profit marine science education organization located within Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, New Hampshire.

Mission: To spark curiosity, enhance understanding, and inspire conservation of our Blue Planet.

Your Learning Connection: Your Learning Connection is packed with lessons, activities, and resources to support at-home learning, empower children to investigate nature, and help families find respite from today’s challenges.
View here

DIY Odiorne Point State Park Adventures: Grab a Do-it-Yourself Odiorne Point State Park Adventures guide sheet at SSC or click on an image to view a guide on your smart device and safely explore the park with your family.
View here

Upcoming Events:

Systems in Balance: Seals and Sharks in New England
November 10, 7 pm
A webinar with SSC Marine Mammal Rescue, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, and NOAA Fisheries.

Making Waves
November 13, 7 pm
A virtual fundraiser to benefit Seacoast Science Center


Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point State Park connects us to inspirational powers of nature; engages us in learning by offering links to 4 favorite themes -Get Outside, -Our Oceanm,- SREM Activation, and Art and Nature.

Of particular interest to me was the MMR section of SSC that Advances wildlife conservation through stranded marine mammal response, care, and community outreach in New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts.

I saw them in action rescuing a stranded seal on the beach; the professionalism of the staff first and foremost in moving spectators away from the seal so as not to further traumatize the mammal ; they made a sling from a blanket like material and gently removed it from the beach to take it for examination and eventual release back into its normal habitat. What I did not know is unlike whales or dolphins, seals are semi-aquatic and are comfortable out of the water.

Follow these recommendations if you spot a seal or other marine mammal on a beach?
Watch quietly from at least 150 feet away
Keep dogs away from the animal
Do not pour water on the animal
Do not offer the animal food or water
Do not cover the animal with a towel or blanket
Do not try to move the animal
Call 603-997-9448 and report the animal’s location, size, coloring, and behavior

This was another great virtual tour for people who enjoy the ocean and its marine life. I always new the Science Center was there but never got around to seeing it. After experiencing The Virtual Tour of “Seacoast Science Center” I most definitely intend to bring my Grand Children there. I was amazed at the many opportunities they provide children and adults to spark the curiosity of Marine wild life and the ECCO system. To inspire motivational skills and become stuarts of climate change. It makes them realize the little things we do in our everyday lives make a difference. They have a great web site with all the upcoming events and presentations and all the virtual tour clips were fantastic. I will be sure to recommend the Seacoast Science Center at Ordione Point State Park in Rye New Hampshire.

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm Part 3 – October 27, 2020 edition

About: Two country doctors. A historic homestead. A working farm.
The Remick family settled in Tamworth over 200 years ago. Six generations of the same family worked the farm, prospered, and were active in the town’s history. The last two generations of the Remick family produced country doctors: Dr. Edwin Remick and Dr. Edwin Crafts Remick, each of which served the rural community where they were born and raised. Together they provided 99 years of continual medical care for the residents of Tamworth and surrounding towns.

Before his death in 1993, Dr. Edwin “Doc” Crafts Remick created a foundation to preserve the family homestead, farm, and history of the country doctor in a way that the public could directly learn from and enjoy. The Remick family’s 200-year history in Tamworth gives us all a glimpse into how people farmed, worked and played in this idyllic landscape.

Website: https://www.remickmuseum.org

We featured Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm back in the spring, but they have created so much content since then, we just had to share again! Check out their YouTube channel that features Virtual Trips to the Farm, Virtual Classroom, and much more!

Today, I viewed the more recent videos of the Dr. Remick Farm Museum Tours. The viewing of the Wrapping Baleage was not only interesting, but the farm equipment sure differs from the days when I would sit with my Grandfather on top of the “driy hay rake” behind 2 work horses named “Dick” and “Chub” and then have to help Grampa toss the raked hay into the top barn. What I miss most about that is getting to play with my cousin in the new hay :). Then the live video of the Goats in their pens enjoying the fermented and nourishing hay that had come out of those plastic wrapps.
I also viewed the birth and growth of their new Hereford calf from “Marcy”, the mother – amazing that the 3-day (only) old calf was up and roaming the farm with the other cows. The milking of the cows in their stancions was also interesting and to see the teenage calfs drinking out of their buckets on a routine feeding in order to keep them as healthy as can be, where the newborns are fed from a bottle-like apparatus in order to maintain the needed colostrom from their Mother.
I saw many of the animals found around the farm and the oncoming Fall Foliage of this season’s drought, colors that were early in Sept.and how the “anthrocyanes” (? sp) work in the leaves.
The Farm Museum is an interesting place, and since I have not yet been there myself, it is definitely on my list to do, and will also recommend to NH visitors.

I enjoyed the Virtual Tour of “Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm – Part 2”. The Narrator Jim is very enthusiastic and does an excellent job of presenting all the segments of Farm life in Tamworth Nh. This is great for people and young children who are interested in farm life. It may even spark an interest in farming after watching all the virtual tours about life on a farm. I will be sure to mention it when greeting people that are visiting New Hampshire and also some of my neighbors and friends.Thank you again for another interesting virtual tour.

Concord and the Underground Railroad – Visit Concord NH (Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce) – October 13, 2020 edition

The Underground Railroad ran through Concord. This network of secret routes and safe houses helped enslaved African-Americans to escape North and to Canada. The Railroad was run by abolitionists and others sympathetic to the cause against human slavery. There are not clear records, but more than 30,000 people were thought to have escaped. And some were hidden in the fine homes in and around Concord. Read more here.

About Visit Concord NH: VisitConcord-NH.com is an initiative of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce with support from Creative Concord, the Chamber’s standing committee to advance the creative economy in our region.

About Concord: With its budding arts scene, Concord, New Hampshire has the charm of a quintessential New England town with all the cultural assets of a city. It is a must see for any person visiting the Granite State.

There is a renaissance of sorts happening in Concord, NH. In a city known more for politics than food, it seems that every few months there is a new brewery, shop or restaurant opening – including high end farm to table eateries. Places to dine outdoors are abundant following the expansion of sidewalks and installation of public art on Main Street. In the midst of all this excitement is a budding arts scene with plans to add a new multi-use performance venue to a pedestrian-friendly downtown that already has a performance arts center and an indie movie theater.

Concord has all the amenities to meet the needs of connoisseurs and creators of art, music, and theatre alike.


Concord and the Underground Railroad
– Abolitionists and others sympathetic to the cause against human slavery; its believed ~100,000 folks passed thru the Concord system on their way to the “free states” or Canada.
-The Wayside in Concord was a safe house for the fugitive travelers, and is located on the same road that saw the British advance and retreat on April 19, 1775. Its said that North’s legacy with slavery was mixed, and the Wayside was a silent witness to the region’s conflicted past. Samuel Whitney, was a muster master for the Concord minutemen, Whitney was also a slave owner. One of his slaves, Casey, yearned for freedom just as much as his master. According to Henry David Thoreau; eventually Casey fled from the Wayside to join the Revolutionary War as a soldier, thereby securing his liberty.
Until reviewing the material I was unaware of the underlying issues at odds with each other in the Concord arena.

I never realized the important roll our state of New Hampshire and the City of Concord Played in the Under ground Railroad. The virtual tour “Concord and the Underground Railroad” was the most interesting and fascinating reading that I have experienced yet in all the virtual tours. How the secret houses were set up and run by sympathizers and abolitionists. By joining together to help over 30,000 slaves reach Canada.How Daniel Webster in 1850 was so instrumental in passing The Slave Law. The story of Anthony Burns capture in Boston and the role our own President Franklin Pierce played in the whole scenario. Thanks so much for a great virtual tour.

There are many things in this tour that I wasn’t aware of and are so meaningful in this time of unrest in our country. It is good to learn that there were many influential people like Rogers, Garrison, Symond, and families like the Whites who made the beginning strides for freedom against slavery despite the political opposition. The simple cabin design built by a slave was truly touching to see as was John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem to read.
Our capitol city has certainly been transformed into a cultural center for NH after the extensive renovation plan. It is truly a place to be visited when in NH. The Concord Chamber of Commerce is certainly promoting our state!

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Historical Society of Cheshire County’s Viral Stories October 6, 2020 edition

Founded in 1927, the Historical Society of Cheshire County is the only county-wide historical society in New Hampshire, serving 23 towns.  Its mission is to collect, preserve and communicate the history of Cheshire County.  About: https://hsccnh.org/about-us/
Historical Society of Cheshire County: https://hsccnh.org/

Viral Stories: Tales for a Pandemic   Written by: Alan Rumrill, Executive Director

Absentee Voting During the Civil War: There has been a great deal of discussion recently concerning absentee voting. Many voters feel uncomfortable assembling with others in public and question the safety of gathering at a public polling place during a pandemic. Consequently, many voters wish to vote absentee to avoid crowds that might develop where voters congregate to cast their ballots. There have been questions about the possibility of fraud and dishonesty occurring during the absentee voting process. Absentee voting in times of national emergency has occurred several times in our nation’s history.  The earliest example of absentee voting may have occurred in New Hampshire in 1775 when the town of Hollis allowed Continental soldiers to send a representative to vote for in their place at a town meeting. The state of Pennsylvania allowed soldiers to send in their ballots during the War of 1812. More here


I enjoyed the stories and the web site of the virtual tour “Historical Society of Cheshire County – Alan Rumrill’s Stories.” The society has a great web site with tours coming up and past tours of the 23 towns that it encompasses. It’s amazing how Mr Rumrill’s stories reflect how Nature and History have a tendancy of repeating it self time and time again. He related all the stories and the similarities we are going through today. In essence everything that gets old at some time becomes new again. This was a great virtual tour.

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Canterbury Shaker VillageSeptember 30, 2020 edition

Canterbury Shaker Village, Inc., is an internationally-known non-profit museum founded in 1969 to preserve the heritage of the Canterbury Shakers. Designated as a National Historic Landmark for its architectural integrity and significance, the Village has 25 restored original Shaker buildings, 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. Tours, programs, exhibits, and events help visitors chart their own journey of simplicity, caring, and community.
About: https://www.shakers.org/about-us/


I have been to the Canterbury Shaker Village a few times. They have such beautiful grounds on over 700 acres and is part of the National Park Service. Its location near Mascoma lake in the Connecticut River Valley and just off of Route 89 exit 17. This is a beautiful and breathtaking place to visit . Quite a site to see the 25 original buildings and how well preserved they are. I enjoyed the virtual tour of the “Canterbury Shaker Village” great web site offering all that is going on year round and to delve into the past how the Shaker Life really was. I will be sure to recommend the Village upon greeting our New Hampshire visitors.

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White Mountain TVSeptember 23, 2020 edition

It’s the White Mountains on TV!  Watch us throughout New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, eastern Lakes Region, and Western Maine on Spectrum cable. Or watch us online!

About White Mountains TV: http://whitemountains.tv/about-white-mountains-tv/
Cool places in the White Mountains: http://whitemountains.tv/cool-places-in-the-white-mountains/


I enjoyed the Virtual Tour of “White Mountains TV” what a great idea to have all this information at your fingertips. I liked the features ,explore White Mountains, White Mountains Today and the Outside tv. All this is available on Channel 16 and Chanel 15 through Spectrum Cable. They even offer an option through the You Tube Channel. This allows people to stay up on the current events going on right up to the minute. I liked the streaming of downtown North Conway Cam. I will definitely keep this in mind when talking to people visiting our great state of New Hampshire and The White Mountains Region.

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Horatio Colony House MuseumSeptember 15, 2020 edition


The Horatio Colony House Museum and Nature Preserve has been established to preserve and protect the 1806 Federal house and collections of Horatio Colony II and the 645-acre nature preserve on West Hill in Keene; all to be open to the public as a community resource. The goals of the museum and preserve are to educate residents of and visitors to Keene about the history of
the Colony family and the social and natural history of the area by means of exhibits, tours, lectures and special programs, through a focus on the property of Horatio Colony.

When you visit the Horatio Colony House Museum, a trained guide will show you through the Library, Dining Room, Music Room, Parlor, four bed rooms and the Exhibit Room. The original furnishings reflect the three generations of the family that lived in the house from 1847 to 1977.

Your guide will recount pertinent local history, family anecdotes, and information on various antiques that grace the rooms.

This Virtual House Tour will take you to four of those rooms, detailing some key features.

Horatio Colony House Museum: https://horatiocolonymuseum.org/

Virtual Tour: https://horatiocolonymuseum.org/index.php/virtual-tour/#!


The history of the Horatio Colony family was very interesting. It was wonderful to see the changes in clothing and hair styles over the years and read about many family members. They were very fortunate to mainly live long lives even into their late seventies. The museum garden must have been beautiful with the choices of flowering plants mentioned and the scent wonderful. It’s nice to see a house that was first built in 1847 so well kept today!

THE HORATIO COLONY HOUSE MUSERUM and NATURE RESERVE is located on West Hill in Keene. This Federalist style home was built in 1806 and since that time it has gone through many owners and many, many renovations. The Nature Reserve includes over 645 acres. A tour of the home would include the Library, Dining Room, Parlor and Master Bedroom. An interesting keepsake in the Parlot is a wooden cigar store Indian which was a fond keepsake of Horatio Colony as it belonged to his mother’s family. The dining room depicts a formal dinner read to be served with the cut glassware, Victorian napkin rings, and English ironstone china. Cribbage boards are featured in the parlor. And in the Master Bedroom, several images of Buddist and Hindu images are featured throughout the room .
A House of historical significance for the Keene area.

The virtual tour of the “Horatio Colony House Museum ” was interesting. Located at 199 Main Street in Keene in the West Hill section. What a great history of 3 generations from 1847 to 1977 it truly is a trip back in time. The home was built in 1806 and they tell you how the many renovations of the house kept up with the changing times. There is also a 645 acre natural preserve located close by. They tell the story of the original colony and how it started. If you love Colonial Era Settings this is a great place to visit. They have a great web site with dates and times of certain events going on. It is open to the public and free of charge. I will make it a point to mention the Horatio Colony House Museum to our visitors in New Hampshire when going out to the Monadnock Region.

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The Glen HouseSeptember 8, 2020 edition

Located at the foot of Mount Washington – GSAs enjoyed a tour here in January!

The fifth iteration of The Glen House features 68-rooms and was built on the west side of Route 16 in Green’s Grant. Aesthetically, the hotel gives a nod to its predecessors who date back to the late 1800’s.

The hotel features an indoor, heated, saltwater pool and full-service restaurant, The Notch Grille. Half of the rooms feature balconies facing the highest summit in the Northeast.

Our four-season destination on the campus of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center allows our guests front door access to a variety of recreational activities. When you stay at The Glen House during any season, several of these activities are included in your stay or provided at a discount when you book direct with us. All activities are weather dependent and subject to availability.

History of the Glen House: https://theglenhouse.com/about/history
Sustainability: https://theglenhouse.com/about/sustainability
The Glen House video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx9wYvmo9zE&feature=youtu.be


The Glen House located at foot of Mt Washington Howie Meams is general manager narrating the tour video.
John Bellows in 1850’s converted a farmhouse into a hotel to provide accommodations for the increase in visitors brought to Pinkham Notch via the newly completed Grand Trunk Railway; then sold the hotel to Col. J.M. Thompson, who renamed it The Glen House. It was destroyed by fire in 1884 and again in 1893 also converted servants house consumed by fire. The fifth iteration of The Glen House features 68-rooms with indoor heated salt water pool. Half of the rooms feature balconies facing the highest summit in the Northeast.
The current version is heated with geothermal energy. It offers 25 miles of trails for all season use.

I have been to Mt Washington Hotel multiple times but was unaware of Glen house til GSA exposed me to this information.

THE GLEN HOUSE brings back memories of a wonderful couple of days spent on a GSA trip. This is the fifth Glen House and is built in the New England style with Shaker simplicity and Native American features to the paintings, photographs and furniture. It sits right near the Mount Washington Carriage Road and the Great Glen Tails. This hotel has energy self-sufficiency features built in—LED lighting, geo-thermal heating, dark sky compliant outdoor lighting, and a salt water indoor pool. The entire experience allows the visitor to relax in a beautiful region of New Hampshire!!

The Glen House Hotel at the foot of Mt. Washington is spectacular in many ways. After being destroyed by fire three times and being rebuilt over the years, it is now a beautiful classic design hotel that has been constructed using many new advances in technology and is able to sustain itself to a remarkable degree.
It is truly a 4 Season Resort offering indoor comfort and outdoor recreation including a full menu dining experience. There are rooms available for conferences, training sessions, and other gatherings including wedding venues. As a NH Resident, one is entitled to 20% off their Best Available Rate should one choose to spend time there.

I really enjoyed the virtual tour of “The Glen House” and the rich history of a converted farm house to a fabulous Hotel. From the inception in the 1850’s and the numerous fires through out the years. How the many different owners kept rebuilding it time after time to become a land mark situated on the West side of Rt 16. Its beautiful views of Mt Washington, The presidential Range and Tuckerman Ravine. The great location right across from The Mt Washington Auto Rd. So many things to do at this 68 room hotel year round and its 25 mile Grand Glen Trail open year round. How they have an indoor salt water swimming pool and the hotels heated and air-conditioned rooms are all geothermal run. I can see my wife and I staying a few days in this Grand Hotel in the near future. Thank you for calling this to my attention and I will be sure to mention The Glen House to our visitors of New Hampshire.

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Stark Brewing CompanySeptember 2, 2020 edition

About Stark Brewery | Stark Spirits | Brewery | Website

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Beer
As one of the premier breweries in NH, the team at Stark Brewing Co. knows beer. Because of our love for beer, we’re filled with tons of information that we love sharing with our customers! In this article, we’re going to give you ten fun facts about beer that you may not have known!  Read more…

NH Brewing Fundamentals

Stage 1: MASHING
Whether you’re visiting your favorite NH brewery or taking a go at DIY beer brewing, there are certain stages your process takes you. One of the first stages is referred to as Mash Conversion or mashing. In this article, we’re bringing you behind the scenes of stage 1 in the ultimate beer brewing process. Read more…


In our previous article, we brought you through the first stages of the brewing process – mashing. To briefly recap, the process entails specific steps, but every NH brewery will add its unique touch of creativity to their brew. If we didn’t, it wouldn’t be much fun experimenting between the several breweries in town! So, to continue on, we’re moving onto the next stage of the brewing process, lautering. Read more...

Continuing with our behind the scenes look at the best Manchester brewery, Stark Brewing Company, we’ll continue to the last phases of the brewing process. In our previous article, we highlighted the second phase, known as lautering. Consisting of three steps, lautering requires some time. However, we’re moving on. Once the wort is collected from the lautering process, it’s brought to a controlled boil for sterilization. These steps can take anywhere from one to two hours…  Read more…


The Stark Brewing Company located in Manchester was featured and proved quite interesting as I am not a beer drinker. I realized the detail and care it takes to make a “good brew.” Beer is the third most popular beverage. It is noted in Iran over 5, 400 years ago and here in New Hampshire since 1635. The pyramid builders of Egypt were paid with beer!!
The process is detailed and takes careful monitoring to make sure the final outcome is the tastiest beer ever!!
It begins with Mashing of the grains to make wort…this process is followed by Lautering which is increasing the temperature to make sure the combination of grains give the right desired flavor. Then comes the Boil for about 2 hours to sterilize the wort, followed by the adding of hops to give the aroma and taste. Next comes separation of the wort…Whirlpooling, followed by Fermation which take more than 6 weeks. The final part of the entire process is carbonation and filtration. As you can see each steps needs careful attention by the Beer Master.

The Stark Brewing Company of Manchester provided a very informative virtual tour. Their website is easy to maneuver in as well as loaded with a large variety of history, facts, and beautiful photos. There are more than ten things that I did not know about beer! And I am still wondering what the two more popular beverages are across the globe!

This was a great virtual tour of the “Stark Brewing Company , Manchester” located in the old Mill buildings on Commercial Street Manchester. We have been there a few times in the past. Its hard to believe they have been there 26 years already. We always had a great time going there with our friends. They have a wonderful atmosphere, great location and a nice web site. They are even producing alcohol now. I like how the web site demonstrates all the procedures it takes in making the products. I have always recommended this place to family and friends. I will continue to do so especially when people are visiting the area looking for a great place for food and drinks.

Today, I went into the Stark Brewing Company’s website for the GSA “Virtual Tour” and found out lots of information. I am not a lover of brews and liquers but do love to hear/see how they do it all. Interesting enough, I will definately want to visit Milly’s Tavern. The photos I saw managed to gain my interest, and their history as well. (Like their Beer brews are mostly named for their dogs!)
Thank you for putting this website out for us to gain info that I might otherwise have missed.

Stark Brewing Co -Beer is the 3rd most popular beverage in the world -Barley beer first appeared 5,400 yrs ago _Most expensive beer at auction was in 1998 $2,583 -NH beer thought to have started in 1635 -Oldest functioning brewery Weithon Stepan Monastery in Munich -1,000yrs -Egypt first to tax beer to discourage public drunkenness. -Currently the Czech Republic is #1 in consumption -1850 first bottled beer appeared; previously it came in barrels or buckets.

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Rye Historical SocietyAugust 25, 2020 edition

Tour Historic Rye NH

Rye was a prominent seaside vacation area in the Victorian era and many hotels and boarding houses populated Rye Beach.

Now you can stroll through some of the most historic streets of Rye, New Hampshire, with the Rye Historical Society’s new “Rye Beach Block” Walking Tour app.

Their locations are noted on this tour, which concentrates on Sea Road, South Road Central Road, and Red Mill Lane. This app provides great entertainment for family and guests.

The audio guide app is available for iPhone, Android, and Windows phones. Click here to get to the info page with the download links.


I never realized Rye NH was steeped so rich in history around the surrounding area. Participating in this virtual tour of ” Historic Rye , New Hampshire” was a real eye opener. There is a fantastic web site you can load on to your smart phone and participate in all the tours they have. It mentioned how there is over 400 years of historical information available to the public. If you go under the “Resources” on the site there are the following tours. The Quilt Project, Stories, Walking Tours Of Rye NH, Rye Town Museum, Rye Through The Ages just to mention a few. Of course it also mentions the historical ” Farragut Hotel “that was located along the sea shore. How the Philbrick Family was so involved in the area and the founding of the Hotel formally named the Atlantic Hotel . Even to this day there are “Haunting Stories” still told about this famous structure that was torn down in 2006. I will surely make it a point of interest to people visiting and staying in the Sea Coast area to investigate all that is available to them.

The “Rye ‘Round the Rocks” project is very extensive, informative, and looks like a fun walk!! The walk goes from the center of town down to the shore line giving the history of each spot as it relates to the town. It was truly a labor of love to put all of that together to share with visitor to the Town of Rye. Looking forward to try it!!
Also was the town’s Quilt Project. A quilt made in 1862 with over 50 blocks was presented for the residents to view. It is a friendship or perhaps a family quilt. Each block contains names of several family members and the historical society asked towns people to talk about and give additional information about their relatives. What a great way to connect the current day residents with their own family membes of the past. A neat idea!!

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White Mountain Central RailroadAugust 18, 2020 edition

The White Mountain Central Railroad is located within the grounds of Clark’s Trading Post.  Clark’s Trading Post is both a museum and tourist attraction that includes a 2.5-mile train ride.   While it is more a family theme park than a railroad museum,  it is one of the few places in New England that consistently runs steam trains.

More info  Virtual tour


The White Mountain Central Railroad holds quite the history of running a steam engine since its first passenger trip in 1958. The Climax geared engine they have was built in 1920 in Pennsylvania. The virtual tour and article about Clark’s Bears and the RR was very interesting with the trained bears as a main attraction since 1949. They provide a fun 30 minute trip on the RR that even travels through a covered bridge despite the presence of the ‘ Wolfman’ who is guarding his territory there. Clark’s is a must for a summer visit with so many interesting attractions there!

Clarks Trading Post contains the White Mountain Central RR within its property where you can take a 2 1/2 mile train ride on a Climax Steam “Geared” Locomotive driven train which was built in 1920 at Cory Pennsylvania by the Climax Manufacturing Company; Clark bought it in 1951; one of 4 still in operation worldwide. That is as long as you don’t throw anything or anybody off the train. After you cross the covered bridge {built in 1904 bought by Clark in 1960 and moved from Vermont to the Trading post } -be alert as you enter Wolfman’s territory. Where the Wolfman is trying to get “Unobtanium” out of the ground.
I had never heard of a “Geared” locomotive which simply means the two steam engines on either side are driving all the wheels by way of gears on each axle. “Geared” locomotives are used mainly in logging and quarry operations. The locomotives push the train rather than pull them as designed for their original purposes. A side benefit it passengers do not get embers and smoke on them during the ride like I experienced on the Cog RR on Mt Washington.
This Virtual Tour was a great learning experience for me.

White Mountain Central Railroad is a “not to miss” attraction if you are visiting the White Mountains in New Hampshire. We have visited many times in past years and always enjoy the train ride and the bear show. This year, though we have not had a chance to visit in person, we are happy to see they have their “sold out” sign out nearly every day. The staff at this attraction is all about hospitality.

White Mountain Central Railroad is a “not to miss” attraction if you are visiting the White Moountains in New Hampshire. We have visited many times in past years and always enjoy the train ride and the bear show. This year, though we have not had a chance to visit in person, we are happy to see they have their “sold out” sign out nearly every day. The staff at this attraction is all about hospitality.

Nice virtual tour of The” White Mountain Central Railroad” located in Lincoln NH right off Daniel Webster Highway. Great location and easy to find. The Railroad is located inside Clarks trading Post which is a fun place for the whole family and friends. There is a museum inside and you even have a choice of catching different shows that are offered for all ages. The Train ride goes out 6 times a day, narrated by a very informative Conductor. The scenery is beautiful my wife and I have experienced this 2.5 mile trip a few times. You take this experience on a “Climax Geared Locomotive” Built in 1920. It is one of 4 locomotives that are still in operation in the world. The locomotive was acquired by Clarks Trading Post in 1951after many years of service in the area. Its primary use was for hauling logs through out the area. There is even a little show put on at the end of your journey when you meet the famous “Wolf Man” in his crazy automobile. I highly recommend taking this journey you can spend a great day of fun and relaxation in the beautiful White Mountain Region.

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Concord TVAugust 11, 2020 edition

Concord TV is a non profit organization, incorporated in 1998, to manage Concord New Hampshire’s community television center and its three channels:

Channel 6 – Education
Channel 17 – Government
Channel 22 – Public Access Channel

Concord TV provides:

Virtual tour


I did not know a whole lot about Concord TV until I visited their website for the virtual tour. Before that, I usually only “tuned in” for specific shows or local meetings. I am surprised to learn that the station has so many opportunities available to the public. One that stands out in particular is the Virtual Video Camp they offer to students in the summertime.
They have other classes one can choose, like “making Silent Movies” and “Making Action Trailers”. They even televised the Concord HS Graduation for all to see, especially helpful in this Covid 19 year. One can look to Concord TV for airing of most all local messages. They also like to have volunteers working with them – sounds interesting!!!

Concord TV Impressive: Josh Hardy Exec Director of Concord TV did excellent presentation of the offerings;
Their main purpose is managing Concord TV channel 6 – Education; channel 17 Government, channel 22 Community.
Their offices and studio which was founded 20yrs age, is located within Concord High School where they create technical content and conduct technical training so Concord individuals and groups can record their own video content.
During the school year, the studio is used 4x per week for announcements and programs entirely student run.
There is a state of the art PodCast studio and training room to teach folks how to use Adobe aspects.
They also offer video summer camps.

CONCORD TV is truly a community based TV/Radio enterprise that looks to meet the need of the local citizens in learning about their home town. The facility is housed in Concord High School. From Monday thru Thursday, Concord High School students take classes in learning the communication arts. They include not only ‘on- screen’ techniques but what it takes to prepare the information, display it clearly and attractively for the viewer, and make sure the program runs smoothly. The Concord TV has 3 separate channels; one for education related topics, one for viewing government meetings- selectmen, zoning, etc., and a public access channel. The public access channel is where community groups/organization are welcome to develop, produce and show information about their groups for the public to see. The viewing area includes the Concord High School district. Classes are available to educate and assist first time groups interested in showcasing their groups. This is truly assisting the Concord community from high school students to long time community groups.
Plymouth High School also has a media are with the same core values and resources for the community. A great way for high school students in Concord or Plymouth to get a taste of media careers.

That was a very interesting virtual tour of “Concord TV ” they offer so many channels and opportunities to the public. It was established in 1998 and is based at Concord High School. Channel 6 for Education, Channel 17 for Government and 22 is Public Access Channel. They even have on Demand Channels available 24/7 from any where in the world. They offer Face Book, You Tube and Pod Casts. The great thing is this is all available to the public for unlimited use of their equipment and the studios. The people of Concord are very fortunate to have access to all these opportunities.

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The Currier Museum of Art August 4, 2020 edition

Museum Reopening Date announced! The Currier Museum of Art looks forward to welcoming you soon
The museum is planning to reopen on Thursday, August 20 with exciting new things to see. Two new special exhibitions will be on view, Open World: Video Games and Contemporary Art and Richard Haynes: Whispering Quilts. Museum members will be invited to preview the museum and new exhibitions in advance of the public opening, from August 13 to 16.

For information on museum hours, the Currier Collection, special exhibitions, membership, and safety protocols, please visit: http://currier.org. GSA members can sign up for upcoming ARTalks on our website. These are live events that are available to register for on currier.org, and many are available through Facebook Live.

For Currier videos on art at the Currier, and on creating art at home:

Currier YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pMm_xr5J_ckRMdC3DatGQ


Impressed by the Museums fully donated acquisition of the Kalil House ; 3 doors down from the Zimmerman house both designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Kalils were so impressed by Zimmermans construction that they commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright in 1955 to construct a similar one for them but were surprised when what Frank Lloyd Wright drew up for the family is known as a Usonian Automatic house, one of just seven in the United States. 1,500 sq foot Usonian Automatic are constructed out of stacked concrete blocks. The Kalil House is made out of an estimated 4,800 individually cast rectangles, reinforced with rebar. They make up the walls and ceiling of the 1,480 square foot main home, as well as the small outbuilding . The interior walls are lined with custom Phillipine mahogany. The living room of the Kalil House is composed of concrete and glass squares; 350 individual windows allow light to pour in.
Today, it still has its original stove and oven, as well as Wright-designed furniture and upholstery. I cannot wait to physically see it since I already toured the Zimmerman House years ago.

I was so glad to hear the date was finally set to open the museum. They have such an expansive web site and so many virtual tours on different Arts, Exhibitions and Classes available. My favorite is always the Zimmerman House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I always enjoy taking a different Virtual Tour of “The Currier Museum of Art, but the best way is to go there and experience it your self. I always make a suggestion to friends, family and people I meet to go and enjoy the experience.

The Currier Museum in Manchester is a wonderful spot to explore the all parts of the art world. It is good to hear that on August 20 it will be open again to the public. The two Frank Lloyd Wright homes are still closed at this time to tours. But in the gift shop books and other items related to them are available. What impressed me the most about the Museum is that during this time they have posted almost 100 different art related projects on their website. Any age group can find some item within this grouping. Craft projects include a Birch Tree collage, a Cactus Silhouette, and Luminaries to name a few. There is story telling for the younger set. For older visitors and those with dementia, there are analysis of a single picture by a museum staff person. They explore the colors of the painting, what are the shapes contained in it, how do the shapes relate to each other, etc. The Museum to tour in person is a relaxing spot with such beauty. Enjoy!

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The Cog Railway – Mount WashingtonAugust 4, 2020 edition
Virtual ride on the Cog: https://www.thecog.com/unforgettable

The Cog: https://www.thecog.com/
The Cog is the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world, and the only one currently operating in North America. With an average grade of 25% (some sections approach nearly 38%), it’s also the second steepest in the world! Motive power is primarily provided by a fleet of seven powerful biodiesel locomotives, each custom designed, built and maintained on site. And with a nod to its steam heritage, the railway also continues to operate a pair of century-old, coal-fired steam engines.

What a fantastic journey into the past about how the Cog Railway began. I really enjoyed this Virtual Tour of “The Cog Railway – Mount Washington”. How the first person to climb the mountain was ( Darby Field ) from Europe in 1641. Back then it was called “Agiacochook” The place of the Great Spirit. Another name it had was “Waumbik” for White Rocks and also the Crystal Mountain. In 1857 Sylvester Marsh climbed the mountain with his friend one day in August. Once above the tree line the encountered a ferocious storm. They some how made it to the top and spent the night there. On his way down he came up with the idea of building the Cog Railway and was completed in 1869. First it was powered by the Steam Engines of that era. As time went on it has been replaced with the modern day Biodiesel Locomotives. The entire round trip takes about 90 minutes with a break up at the summit. I strongly recommend spending some time in The Marshfield Station, open year round to fully enjoy the experience. I have had the pleasure of riding the cog in the Fall Season when I consider it to be the most beautiful season. I will always recommend this to visitors of our great state of New Hampshire.

The Cog has been running up the mountain with some grades from 25% to 38% since 1869! The ride takes 3 hours from start to finish at the Marshfield Base Station. The Presidential Range of Mountains is such an awe inspiring view that no matter what the weather you will be amazed. Visitors are asked to follow the White Mountain Attractions ‘Granite State Visitor Code of Conduct.’ This is important to keep all safe. A bit of a wrinkle is that a reservation is need to go into the NH State Park at the top. Directions on how to do are clearly posted for visitors. The ride is magical and a great memory for any visitor to NH!!

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Museum of the White Mountains July 21, 2020 edition

Museum of the White Mountains – Plymouth
Exhibit: The Grand Hotels of the White Mountains Online: https://www.plymouth.edu/mwm/exhibitions/the-grand-hotels-of-the-white-mountains-online-exhibition/

Walk through

White Mountain Grand Hotels

Museum of the White Mountains: https://www.plymouth.edu/mwm/


This tour was of the Museum of the White Mountains located in an old Methodist Church just off the oval in Plymouth, NH. This particular tour was of the GRAND HOTELS OF NH. The exhibits contained wonderful paintings, old menus, photographs, butler jackets, etc from many of these grand hotels. The exhibit included a table set with all of the flatware and glasses for a formal dinner along with the menu for an evening meal. Audio screens were set-up at several spots in the exhibit playing information videos from former managers, owners, workers of the hotels. Another unique feature were today’s impacts on today’s Grand Hotels. The Plymouth University students studied marketing, customer service, international students, who is the ideal customers as relates to today’s hotels. So that the exhibit is historical but also looks to the present and future for the existence of the NH Grand Hotels.

I really enjoyed the virtual tour of “Museum of the White Mountains-Plymouth”. To bad it is closed right now because of Covid 19. The pictures and the virtual tour done by the museum was fantastic. I enjoyed the narrations By Jerry Owens. Dick Hamilton, Carl Lindblade and Eleanor Koeppel. They explained about the Golden Age of the Hotels between 1880 and 1918. How the objective of the rich and famous was to see end most important was to be seen and admired. The first of the hotels were fairly simple but on a large scale with the farm house porches. As time went on they were designed and built by Master Architects and Builders. They explained how they had massive Ballrooms along with Casinos. All total there wren 30 Grand Hotels throughout the White Mountains and the Great North Woods. They explained as time went on it was to costly and expensive to keep up and maintain the Hotels. They also started to contend with the expansion of the Western States. I would strongly recommend to anyone when things get back to normal. To definately pay a visit to the Museum ,I know I shall .

I particularly liked the following from the Lampson Library Plymouth State University
-#104 3 Brothers Dixville Notch
Donated – Jack and Anne Newton 1915 -1930

The Switzerland or America -Dixville Notch
Donated – Jack and Anne Newton 1907-1914

# 105 Echo Lake and Profile House
Donated – Dick Hamilton 1872 -1905

#1140 Jump Turn on Headwall Tuckerman Ravine
Donated Sunderland 1937
I am not a skier but that must be a real adrenalin rush for a seasoned skier.

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McAuliffe-Shepard, Remick MuseumJuly 14, 2020 edition

McAuliffe-Shepard Blog: https://www.starhop.com/blog  (also see McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center )


So Happy to hear the McAuliffe-Shepard Center is opened again on July 1st. This is pertaining to the “McAuliffe-Shepard Blog” under virtual tour. On july 17th they are having At-Home Stem Activity: Create Your Own Rain Cloud. They have so many other activities planned for the month of August also. They have the greatest interactive activities for people of all ages. I would highly recommend paying the Discovery Center a visit this summer.


Remick Museum Virtual Trips Videos: http://www.remickmuseum.org/programs/virtual-trips   (also see Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm)

The Dr. Remick Farm in Tamworth continues to make available short videos on farm related topics: gardens, soil health, wildlife visitors to your garden. The videos focus on the topics with some great photography and clear explanations for students. I think these encourage an in-person visit to the farm which is a wide open area and extremely interesting for students. The final topic was the McAuliffe-Shephard Discovery Center. This was a great description of over a dozen woment in STEM ( July 20 issue). This is an area where it is important to acquaint young girls with the possibilities they might have. For each women there was a photo, a short description of her professional career, and finally an informative section in her on words regarding here field of study and impact on her. Some of the women were in biology, ecology, astronomy, math, geology, engineering. Also featured was a former astronaut and a woman who was a communication specialist for her chosen profession. Great stuff for the young girls and women of today!!

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth.The only country doctor museum in New England—one of only three in the United States, Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm provides year-round opportunities to explore rural New England history.
The Remick family settled in Tamworth over 200 years ago. Six generations of the same family worked the farm, prospered, and were active in the town’s history. The last two generations of the Remick family produced country doctors: Dr. Edwin Remick and Dr. Edwin Crafts Remick, each of which served the rural community where they were born and raised. Together they provided 99 years of continual medical care for the residents of Tamworth and surrounding towns.
Tamworth -By 1790 there were 47 heads of families in Tamworth; 126 by 1800. Among them the Remick’s. In the 1850s, Tamworth’s population peaked at 1,766 souls.
In 1993, Dr. Edwin “Doc” Crafts Remick created a foundation to preserve the family homestead, farm, and history of the country doctor in a way that the public could directly learn from and enjoy. The Remick family’s 200-year history in Tamworth gives us all a glimpse into how people farmed, worked and played in this idyllic landscape.

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Experience Squam Excursions – Boat Tours July 7, 2020 edition

Video: https://www.screencast.com/t/c4kOMg6DEnc
Come experience pristine Squam Lake in a way that is personalized to your liking. Bask in the sun or stay shaded under the boat’s canopy. Zoom fast around the lake or putter along. Anchor in quiet coves or off sandy beaches, swim or jump off the boat. Be daring and jump off infamous “Jumping Rock”. View wildlife, tour historic Church Island and On Golden Pond movie sites. Stroll along a boarded swamp-walk or pick native blueberries in season. Cruise at sunset, or star gaze under a full moon.
Experience Squam is a private boating excursion business now in it’s 11th season. We cater to personalizing your boating experience. Relax aboard a 23′ Sea Ray Bow-Rider. Bask in the sun or stay shaded under the boat’s canopy. Zoom fast around the lake or putter along. Anchor in quiet coves or off sandy beaches, swim or jump off the boat. Be daring and jump off infamous “Jumping Rock”. View wildlife, tour historic Church Island and On Golden Pond movie sites. Stroll along a boarded swamp-walk and pick native blueberries in season. Cruise at sunset, or star gaze under a full moon. This is the perfect excursion for those who’d like to rent a boat for a day or a couple of hours, but are leery of navigating Squam’s shallow and rocky waterways, and don’t want to have to get a boater’s license. Bathroom facilities are accessible on several public islands. Our commercially licensed drivers have been boating on Squam for over 30+ years and love to show you why Squam is such a unique and pristine place and why It is in the book of “1000 Places to See Before You Die”, worldwide edition.


Squam Lake is the second largest lake over 7 miles long not to far off Interstate RT 93. Centrally located in the Lakes Region shores touching Holderness, Center Harbor, Sandwich, and Moultenborough. Cindy O’Leary runs nice tours of the Lake on a Sea Ray craft. She has many different options to offer on “The Experience Squam Excursions”. She pointed out how the film On Golden Pond was filmed there. It sure does look like an interesting experience. I would highly recommend taking the excursion.

Squam is such a beautiful and clean lake with most homes not being seen from the water. “Experience Squam” has certainly captured much of what the area has to offer and is providing a large variety of excursions both by boat and/ or by a road tour. It also caters to a large variety of people and gatherings – very impressive!

Experience Squam is a private company that features customized tours for your individual group on Squam Lake.Some of the variety of tours featured are: Golden Pond, Golden Pond from the Writer’s Perspective, Fall Foliage, Island Cookout, Church Island, and The Jumping Rock. Each tour is planned to fulfill the areas you wish to see.The lake itself is pristsine, peaceful, and beautiful. It is a way to relax and enjoy nature. The videos show how each tour can meet your needs.

Experience Squam Excursion. We had no idea this excursion was available. Would like to know a lot more about it. The presentation was short. . . we need more information.

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Seeking the Source – Great North WoodsJune 30, 2020 edition

Curious about New Hampshire’s North Country? Check out this fascinating hour-long documentary covering the elusive Great North Woods and the remote sparkling lakes, luring mountain peaks, and lush forests that make up this timbered region. If you’re short on time, the Fall and Winter film trailers are certainly worth a watch!


What a fantastic year long journey of the “Great North Woods” ( The Northern Forest ) Seeking The Source .This virtual tour was amazing how it all starts up by the Canadian Border in a small pond flowing over 410 miles down the Connecticut River into the Atlantic waters. The journey was amazing starting in Pittsburg, Cole Brook, , Errol, Dixville Notch,Lancaster, just to name a few towns. How it all developed with logging and pretty much until the recent end of the Paper Mills. So many different things to do all year long through out the 4 seasons. All the different Lakes and the 60 camp sites open year round, and 3 of them are run by the state of NH. I have been fortunate to have experienced the Great North Woods a few times. The sightings of the wild life and the moose along the Connecticut River and having stayed at The Balsams Hotel and Resort. I would highly recommend The Great North Woods to my friends and Visitors to our wonderful State of New Hampshire.

The hour long documentary about the Great North Woods was a delightful tour of the goings on in each season of the year. It was quite the tour starting with the canoe trail and the town of Colebrook and ending with the small pond in the woods that is the head of the Connecticut River. Those are hardy folks who live in this northern region of NH. With 175 inches of snow possible in the winter, it is no wonder it is such a winter wonderland for snow enthusiasts.
I enjoyed the variety of this documentary – fishing, kayaking, camping, hunting, old lodging places, snow shoeing, and meeting the folks who own and manage businesses there. The pictures of the ruffed grouse, deer, fox, and moose were a treat. Great work!

This documentary of ‘Exploring New England’ feature areas along and near the Connecticut River. Many stories also were featured of Vermont businesses and areas. Both adventure and historical features of the sites were shown and explained with many of the attractions hosts giving the information. Some featured included Pittsburg, NH, Beaver Bog, April’s Maple Syrup, ‘The Glen’ part of Bear Tree Properties, Jackson’t Lodge and the Balsalm’s Resort. Interesting was information about the final hike along the US-Canadian Border to find the origin of the Connecticut River. Year round and seasonal sports were featured. A good movie!

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Portsmouth AthenaeumJune 23, 2020 edition

Membership libraries were first created in the 18th century for the mutual edification of their members and to elevate the educational resources available in the community. The name “Athenæum” was used by a number of societies established during the nineteenth century to describe institutions with broader aims than just a library. The term is derived from Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, and the classical temple of the arts and sciences named to honor her.
While there were once hundreds of membership libraries across America, there are now fewer than twenty left. The Athenæum today continues this long tradition of mutual improvement by maintaining a library of over 40,000 volumes and an archive of manuscripts, photographs, objects, and ephemera relating to local history. It also sponsors exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and other educational and cultural programs.

About: https://portsmouthathenaeum.org/
Search the collection


This is an extremely different and quite unique place to spend time researching different things of interest. The “Portsmouth Athenaeum” virtual tour was very different and interesting. Its like a one stop Library, Gallery and Museum all in one. Located in down town Portsmouth at 6-9 Market Square.There are plenty of different arts and artifacts, manuscripts and photographs available to research.The Library is open Tue-Sat 1-4pm, Gallery is open the same hours. The Research Room on the 3rd level, hours are Thursdays 1-4pm. They have a great web site with all the upcoming events and exhibits . They recommend calling ahead to make an appointment.I would highly recommend this unique place for those that love Historical values.

The Portsmouth Anthenaeam as established to be more than a library. It was to house not only more than 40,000 volumes of books and archives of material related to local history. It is basically a research library for the history of the Town of Portsmouth. There is an American Antiquarian Society located in Worcester Ma whose purpose is similar. It has temperature and humidity controls to preserve the earliest newspapers, books, letters, and other documentation from American History. It also has John Hancock’s personal desk.
The Portsmouth building contains history items that are local:
In November 1804, a Portsmouth Bath House was opened to allow men and women (in separate areas) to bath in hot water produced by a copper boiler. It was billed as a “body invigilator.”
One of their recent exhibits is titled “By the Bottle or Barrel – 400 years of Portsmouth brewing.
Others include information about a Portmouth link to Downton Abbey.
The organization also sponsors musical events and talks. Research can only be done by appointment.
A important resource for historical and current day Portsmouth.

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Lakes Region – Lakes Region Tourism AssociationJune 16, 2020 edition

Lakes Region Area Videos:

See for yourself how much fun Lakes Region attractions are! From zip lines to derbies, and the scenic railroad to the boat show, you can see firsthand how you could be spending your time here. From the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee or our hundreds of other lakes, ponds, streams and rivers there is always something happening in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire!

Lakes Region Tourism Association:
The Lakes Region of New Hampshire Tourism Association is the official tourism board of the region, representing close to 100 communities, 273 lakes and ponds, and more than 430 businesses in central New Hampshire, including area attractions, restaurants, retail establishments, accommodations and more. It promotes central New Hampshire as a year-round travel and vacation destination to bring more visitors to the area and economically benefit member businesses. We are based in Tilton, NH. Contact our tourism association today to learn more details!


The Lakes Region provides a wonderful assortment of short clips about a good variety of attractions available in the different seasons year around. It was easy to watch, especially in full screen, and feel like you are participating in the event. Each one had its own specialties and made watching such a treat! Do enjoy this beautiful area of NH!

I never knew The New Hampshire Tourism had so much to offer for its members. All the services they offer to help the businesses and the special promotions that are available to them. The 2 locations they have, 1 in Tilton open year round and the other seasonal location at the Town Docks in Alton Bay.The virtual tour of the “Lakes Region – Lakes Region Tourism Association” brought back so many fond memories of growing up in this area. Not only as a child but also the experiences with my own family and children. We kind of take for granted the 273 Lakes and Ponds that are available to everyone year round. The four seasons that are so beautiful in their unique way and all the different ways to enjoy them. Having so many Hotels ,Campgrounds, Restaurants, and Fun Parks all throughout the entire Lakes Region and the different ways to participate in Sporting events year round. Just by refreshing the memories in my mind was a great joy, thank you.

There are so many options in the Lakes Region that you can partake in during all 4 seasons! Was that the voice of Rebecca Rule narrating?

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M/S Mount Washington Cruise Ship June 11, 2020 edition

For 148 years, the M/S Mount Washington has offered scenic tours and dinner cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire’s largest lake. Located at the foothills of the White Mountains and surrounded by mountain ranges, this historic ship navigates more than 300 islands and 44,000 acres of crystal clear water.

Virtual Tour | Website | History: https://www.cruisenh.com/pages/history


Taking a cruise on the Mount Washington allows you to see parts of the lake from the inside out. You are able to view beautiful homes and scenery up close. This is a great reminder why NH is such a wonderful place to be! There are a variety of options whether you choose to cruise during the day or evening including if you want to party/dance or just take in the great views!

This was a great virtual tour of the “M/S Mount Washington Cruise Ship – Laconia”. They have a great and easy web site with all the information needed to plan special events . They offer Weddings business events small chartered vessels for all occasions. They have been doing this for 148 years. There are 2 1/2 hr cruises or 1 way narrated tours available. They have 5 ports of call all starting in Weirs Beach, Wolfeboro, Meredith, Alton Bay and Center Harbor. They offer Dinner and Lunch Cruises and on Saturday Nights a Lobster Fest Cruise with live entertainment. There are all different price ranges for these tours, and they seem to be reasonably priced. Sounds like a fun thing to do for a night out or just a relaxing tour on Lake Winnipesaukee. I would highly recommend this to visitors when they come to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

The Mount Washington Cruise Ship virtual tour is very impressive. I have done the “virgin tour” a few springs in the past but it seems the ship has undergone quite a renovation since my last time. The dining area is very large and lovely. And I love the still photos included in the virtual tour. I think a narrated virtual tour would be best.

How long does the ship stay @ each port for passengers that are traveling on?
Can you take the cruise one day, stay overnight in a port town and return to original port the next day?

The Winnipesaukee Fleet out of Meredith and Laconia, New Hampshire consists of 3 vessels. The one most heard about and most prominent is the Mt Washington. This vessel is 230 feet long and can hold up to 1250 passengers. It provides a lunch and dinner cruise and themed family and evening night cruises. The Sophie C is 74 feet long and can hold 125 passengers. This is the only inland waterway mail boat in the United States. The Doris E is 68 feet with a capacity of 125 passengers and is cruises more is a shuttle between the various towns and Wolfeboro, NH All the vessels are pristine clean and welcoming. The cruise are truly enjoyable and provided some great history and understanding of the lakes area. A wonderful experience to try!

Since 1872, 2 vessels have been named the Mt Washington
1st a 178ft wooden sidewheeler launched in 1872 by the Boston & Maine RR to xport cargo/people across the lake reaching 60,000 passengers per year. The “old Mount” was taken by the Weir’s Fire in 1939.
2nd Captain Lavallee replaced it with the Mt Washington in April 1940; a 207 ft Iron vessel built in 1888, purchased and transported from Lake Champlain to Lakeport NH via RR in 20 sections . It was reassembled and launched 8/15/1940 final bill $125,000 +. Unable to pay it completely Captain Lavallee transferred ownership to the owners of the company that reassembled it.

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Wright Museum June 9, 2020 edition

Wright Museum, Wolfeboro
Unique to traditional WWII museums, the more than 14,000 items in our collection are representative of both the home front and battle field. These irreplaceable items, along with fully operational military vehicles, introduce visitors to a seminal period in American history.
Special Exhibits | Virtual tour: 360-degree tour


This was a fabulous virtual tour of “The Wright Museum – Wolfeboro”. Located right off Rt 28 , at 77 Center Street Wolfboro, you cannot help but see the Tank coming right out off the Wall at you. This is a non profit museum dedicated for WW II era Americans. A tribute to David Wrights father who was in this war. He opened it in 1994 it spans over 8 acres of land, 20,000 sq ft, and has over 14,000 items of interest. The collection covers the war years between 1939 – 1945. Just an incredible amount of exhibits, paintings educational programs, along with many operational military vehicles. For people who are WW II enthusiasts this is the place to go. Revealing the entire whole story of the American public’s contribution to “The War Effort”. They also have special exhibits pertaining to how it affected the lives of the Japanese Americans. Another special exhibit is the Vietnam War and the impact it had on that era. I would strongly recommend The Wright Museum to visitors of New Hampshire and also every one that I meet to take in this experience.

The Wright Museum is dedicated to recognizing and honoring the legacy of the millions of men and women who contributed to the American involvement in WWII and to help preserve and protect their legacy and contributions for the United States of America. The building is open and easy to tour. The exhibits are clearly labeled and each gives a wonderful story of the artifacts contained in it. There are over 14, 000 items on display including: uniforms, tanks, airplanes, maps showing US movements and enemy movements, letter sent home and those received by the soldiers. Information on commanders to private are depicted in an honoring manner. Parachutes and airplanes hand from the ceiling. The museum is a welcoming spot and encourages you to linger as long as you want. A wonderful museum for all to visit!

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Remick Country Doctor Museum and FarmJune 4, 2020 edition

Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, Tamworth
Discover four seasons of healthful, farm-fresh experiences.
Feel as though you’ve stepped back in time as we blend the past with the present to share the rich history of two country doctors and their village farmstead.
The only country doctor museum in New England—one of only three in the United States, Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm provides year-round opportunities for you to engage with rural New England history.
Whether it be through activities, tours, workshops, farm-to-table meals, educational programming or seasonal events, each visit provides engaging experiences for all generations to learn from and enjoy.

At-home Learning Time: Virtual Classroom Videos

The Capt Enoch Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in located in Tamworth, NH. Because it is a farm it is important for the plants and animals to have as much energy as possible to assure a productive ecosystem. It’s important to OBSERVE what is happening out in nature….sitting by a tree, or looking out your window. The sun is the provider of energy used by all plants and animals.
One drawing is more of a picture of the area you are observing. The second is a pyramid showing the higher in the ecosystem something it the less energy it has available to it. Starting with grass, it will use 10% of the sun’s energy, the grasshopper will use 10% of the grasses’ energy, the toad will use 10% of the grasshopper’s energy …..so that by the time we are looking at the red tail hawk, it has less and less energy available to it. The numbers of hawks compared to grass blades is much, much less. Some of the energy is also part of decomposing parts of each plant or animal. These help the growth of the grass with nutrients. Quite an interesting film.

I found the virtual tour of “Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm-Tamworth” very interesting. Its location at 58 Cleveland Hill Rd, Tamworth Village could be difficult to find. They suggest you use GPS because it could be quite a challenge’ to locate.I would say by watching all the different videos of what they have to offer it is well worth the trek. They offer quite a bit of different experiences, arts, Farm to table dinners, and exhibits. At a $5.00 admission fee it is well worth it. Jim gave a very detailed description in all his videos how every thing is cyclical with nature all through the 4 seasons. Soil science, Energy transfer of ecosystem,”Phrenology Cycles”and how and where our food comes from. I would definitely recommend this to people when visiting that part of New Hampshire.

During the Remick Farm museum tour, I learned that a chipmunk’s baby is called a “pup”. The videos for the Remick Farm Museum and Gardens were interesting, but the wind was strong the day they did the gardens and made the audio very noisy. The lady gardener could hardly be heard and understood. Otherwise, the video and learning experience was quite interesting. This novice gardener learned a few things!

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Squam Lakes Science Center June 2, 2020 edition

Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural exhibits where native animals reside: black bears, mountain lions, raptors, river otters, bobcats, and more. Spend a day – take a self-guided tour of the animal exhibit trail and hiking trails, enjoy a Squam Lake Cruise, take in the beauty of Kirkwood Gardens, and shop naturally in the Howling Coyote Gift Shop.

Website: https://www.nhnature.org
Resources: https://www.nhnature.org/resources/
NH Hampshire Nature: Latest – The Great Spring Flower Search

I never realized such a wonderful place of nature existed, a great eye opener.So many things to do and learn about animals right in our own beautiful New Hampshire.They have a great web site and many different opportunities to explore peoples different interests. A relatively easy location to spend a day of fun and learning. Right off Rt 113 at 23 Science Center Rd in Holderness. I am looking forward to visiting it my self and intend to tell my friends and people I meet about all the opportunities available to the public. An absolutely great virtual tour of the Squam Lake Science Center – Holderness.

The Squam Lakes Science Center can be an all day affair as you walk the couple of miles of trails, explore the animal dens and habitat, enjoy the water shed, and even picnic in a meadow. The bears, woodchucks, owls, and many more animals are all beautifully displayed with information about how they live. I enjoyed the video about the Spring Flower Search. Ernier and Vern were walking the meadows and fields looking for the earliest of spring flowers. They found the Blood Root–named because red fluid comes from its stem and can stain clothes. The bees love this flower and help to pollinate other flowers as it visits them. It is in the woods for about 2 weeks. The Trout Lily has trout appearing leaves. Bees as well as butterflies love to pollinate this flower and others. The next spring flower that Ernie and Vern found was the Carolina Spring Beauty which was a beautiful pale blue. All of these flowers show us how nature sings in the spring. The Science Center is a great place for a nice relaxing day with nature.

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Belknap Mill May 28, 2020 edition

Belknap Mill
Historic Belknap Mill is a Museum featuring the earliest hosiery factory in New England. Hosting many activities for the area youth it teaches as well as fascinates. The magnificent brick structure offers a wonderful place for truly unforgettable weddings with ambiance galore. We also have limited office space for those who love the original mill atmosphere

Virtual Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmZPqQnDrqY&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

Other Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEIuIxJQ6nnaOUKrsmxvOMg


The Belmont Mill virtual tour was done very well. I especially was interested in the water fed turbines and the belt driven power drives.
Although the wood buildings Of the original mill are gone, it is good that the original brick building is kept for museum and historical education.

The Virtual Tour of “The Belknap Mill – Laconia” was interesting. I liked how she demonstrated all the machines and the intricacies of how they knitted socks. The mill was built in1823 along the Winnipesaukee River and served its purpose until 1969. She explained how it employed all women and the long (10 to 12) hours they would put in. Some women would run up to 8 to 10 of these machines in the course of the work day. All there work was based on “Piece Work” not hourly wages. She explained how they utilized the power of the river to run the Water Turbines with leather belts. How the owners of the mill would use the water turbines to sell electricity to other companies. The mill was one of the earliest Hosiery Factories in the New England area.

This tour of the Belknap Mill in Laconia had some great machinery used in the mill process. Knitting machines were monitored by women. One woman could have up to 8-10 machines that she took care of. She was paid by the piece, so that monitoring the machines for 10 hours a day for 6 days a week would give her a good pay. These machines made a tube which ended up being socks. A looping machine was used to sew a seam at the tow of the sock. Looking over the water turbines should how forceful they can be. Eels The eels were often eaten as they are a good source of protein. Several photographs showed local men as workers. One photo showed a foreman of he floor. And also contained a man with a white shirt and tie (ties were dangerous to wear as they might get stuck in the machines.) He was probably training some of the new workers. The hugh turbines were set in motion by a small motor….even that created a very noisy mill area.

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Enfield Shaker MuseumMay 26, 2020 edition

Enfield Shaker Museum
Nestled in a valley between Mt. Assurance and Mascoma Lake, in Enfield, New Hampshire, the Enfield Shaker historic site has been cherished for over 200 years. At its peak in the mid-19th century, the Enfield Shaker Village was home to three “Families” of Shakers. Today, their story is preserved and told by the Enfield Shaker Museum.

Online Tuesday Tour: Great Stone Dwelling Through Shaker Eyes

Village Walking Tour: https://shakermuseum.org/discover/village-walking-tour/

Museum Collection: https://shakermuseum.org/learn/research/museum-collection/

Enfield Shaker Museum: Facebook page

News: https://shakermuseum.org/blog/


The Enfield Shaker Museum includes a 7 story Great Stone Building which was used by the community. The first Shakers meet around 1793 with 3 families. But by the 1830’s the congregation saw that a larger building was needed to house the congregation.
The South Entrance is the preferred entrance with one door for the Brothers and a separate one for the Sisters. It took 2 and a half years for completion of the building. On the second floor there is the meeting hall, where the congregation would meet together.The sleeping rooms are small and plain. A simple bed, a table, and several chairs were contained in a sample one Another video shows the Hand-On Circular Knitting Machine. A layout of the property shows the gardens, barns, and fields. The Shakers contributing was predominantly in the area of furnishings: simple, plain, sleek, smooth, made of wood. They reflect the philosophy of the groups in simple and plain for their lives.

-Located in a valley between Mt. Assurance and Mascoma Lake, in Enfield, New Hampshire
-Enfield Shaker Village was home to three “Families” of Shakers; The North, the Church and the South.
-Founded in 1793 the 3 Shaker families started plans in 1834 for the 7 story “Stone House or just House”
-Exterior construction from local sourced granite started in 1837. after exterior completion they spent the next 3 1/2 years on interior completion.
-1 st inhabited in 1841
-The Great Stone House was only Greek Revival style building constructed by the Shakers
-Gathering Room where they washed up prior to entering the Dinning Room, contained one drawer per brother where sisters would place washed clothes so they didn’t have to climb stairs to brothers residential quarters.
-Dinning room ; sisters on the south side, brothers on north side. Separate entrances for each sex.
-Shaker dinners were of 15 minute duration with complete silence, no talking, laughing, winking.
-The dinning room table was set in sets of 4 so everyone could reach all needed items with out talking.
-2ns floor Retiring Room, combination of Victorian and Shaker styles.
-3 to 5 men or women per room with drawers and cabinets; bottom set of doors hid chamber pots which were vented to chimney ; shaker were very clean and healthy with their practices.
-150 windows in the Great Stone Dwelling were of expensive “Crown” single pane glass with bi-fold shutters which darkened and helped keep it warmer in the winter
-3rd floor was Meeting Room where activities took place including dancing; marking on floor helped less skilled dancers locate their positions.
_-The Cupola had spectacular views but its main purpose was to hold the 650lb 1848 cast in Medway Mass ,bell which was a replacement for the original which cracked.
-Very interesting place I would like to visit especially after I toured the Shaker Village with the New England Vintage Thunderbird car club ~ 10 yrs ago.

not just a museum but a place to visit, tour, stay overnight, take part in a CSA garden program and even rent a plot to garden in! The buildings might be plain and simple but are sturdy and solidly made. It was interesting that one was even moved after being built. The ownership has changed hands a few times over the years after the decline of their membership. Learning of the ‘Shakers’ beliefs on celibacy, marriage, and their way of life made for an enlightening read.

This is a wonderful Historic and Scenic place to visit,I have been their many times. Located on Rt 4A right on Mascoma Lake on 11 acres and 13 buildings all related to the Shaker life style. The Virtual Tour of the “Enfield Shaker Museum” was well done.There is always something going on whether it be the museums or events of the seasons, a great place to visit. You can learn about the 3 original Families that settled back in 1793 and how their simple life styles were carried out. They have a great web site on their calendar of events, you can even plan weddings, and overnight stays in the Great Stone Dwelling. It is on the US National Registry of Historic Places. I would highly recommend this wonderful place to anyone especially visitors to New Hampshire.

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American Independence MuseumMay 21, 2020 edition

Founded in 1991 with the strength and guidance of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire, the Exeter Community and State of New Hampshire, the American Independence Museum celebrates what it took to create the freedoms that Americans continue to enjoy today.

Located in Exeter, New Hampshire’s Revolutionary War Capital, the Museum serves residents, schoolchildren and area visitors by making our past relevant and fun. We want to encourage people to appreciate all who fought for our freedom and continue to fight for it. We believe we can learn from the past and apply it to the future.

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeqSfiXFyvTZnTigd2ElkyQ
2020 Programming

American Independence Museum


These videos about the American Independence Museum in Exeter, New Hampshire include a variety of topics and from straight forward lecture to a modern take on storytelling. One video was about the smallpox epidemic during the Revolutionary War. George Washington prohibited anyone coming from Boston to join his army. Then as now, Boston had a high rate of smallpox. For every 10 dying from smallpox, only 1 soldier was killed. A vaccine was eventually produced in 1801 and Washington urged his wife to get it. The smallpox epidemic and the Covid-19 virus tell us that Americans are resilient.
A couple of other videos told of a slave Mumbet who through her grit took her case to the Massachusetts courts to declare her free. She used the Bill of Rights as written by James Monroe to support her case. Her lawyer was very much in favor of her freedom. She eventually was able to buy her own house and raise her children and grandchildren in it. The videos also include several books abour life back then being read by costumed docents.

Very nice Virtual Tour of the “American Independence Museum ” located at 1 Governors Ln in Exeter. I didn’t realize Exeter was considered as the Revolutionary War Capitol. It was founded in 1991with the help of The Society of the Cincinnati in the state of NH. The building was built in 1721 by Nathaniel Ladd and the Folsom Tavern by Colonel Samuel Folsom. Great presentations of how pandemics are nothing new to the world. The first one, Small Pox Epidemic in America was during the Revolutionary War. With pretty much the same rules we are trying to follow today. The discovery and contribution made by Dr Lyme Spaulding of the Small Pox Vaccine. They have a variety of presentations of how life was in those days. Why drinking alcohol and different mixes came to be, because of the unsanitary water conditions in Europe which carried over to the Colonies. How author Deborah Hopkins published the first book in the Americas ( Independence Cake Recipes ). Their presentation theme being “What it means to be an American” is excellent. I look forward to paying the museum a visit when things get back to normal.

American Independence Museum Exeter NH founded in 1991 celebrates what it took to create Americans freedoms.
-A copy of the Declaration of Independence arrived in Exeter July15,1776 which is on display
– The Museum reflects historical events and communications that were important to people and formed actions of that time.
-It reflects the why and how historical events unfolded, with this understanding we can understand what happened a long time ago that shaped the way things are today.
-What impacted us in a positive way helping us understand ourselves and others which can help us see things from different perspectives enhancing our interactions with each other.
-The section on Abigail Adams wife of our second president John; her documentation showed us a outspoken person stating her positions to her husband on woman’s hopeful at the time rights of voting, influencing John’s thinking on slavery, and other relevant political issues of the day as he helped shape the rights and laws of the new nation.
-A strong learning is to document to family, local and national government your ideas for the historical record and moves toward action.

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Hermit Woods Winery (Part 2)May 19, 2020 edition

Old world character meets new world fruit—each of our award-winning and handcrafted wines is made from a unique combination of locally sourced fruit, honey, and flowers, in some cases wild-foraged. Our process is devotedly hands-on from vine to bottle, using old world techniques with the highest level of care and integrity. The result is wine with rich, complex flavors. All of our wines are vegan (with the exception of honey wines), gluten-free, raw, and mostly organic to Best Management Practices—and an excellent accompaniment to a variety of foods.

Visit this link to learn all about future and past educational videos we are now producing.

Hermit Woods Winery


The VirtualTour of Hermit Woods Winery (Part 2)-Meredith was kind of a revue of the last one. It’s to bad they have had to cancel a lot of events. They look like an interesting venue of all types of gatherings for tastings. I also saw some of the other wineries through out the New Hampshire region going through the same turmoil. Can’t wait for this pandemic to be over so I can try out some these tasting experiences.

This video was a contiuation of the Hermit Winery in Meredith and how it operates. There are 3 partners who started in winery and Chuck Lawrence was interviewed because he is more of a ‘silent’ partner since he is still working as a United Airlines pilot. His family has strong New Hampshire roots on both sides. He grew up in Exeter and spent most of his life in Tilton. He brings to the winery that sense of adventure–developing new and innovative wine flavors…he mentions crabapple, blueberry and using them in different pairings. He also help with securing loans for the winery since he was still working. But he believes the biggest asset to the winery is the ‘family’ feeling that the 3 men have. Each has a unique skill strength and uses that to move the winery forward.

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NH Historical Society: Macabre Attractions: The Willey Slide and Disaster Tourism May 14, 2020 edition

Macabre Attractions: The Willey Slide and Disaster Tourism
Video: https://vimeo.com/399892612/883b742088
With Marcia Schmidt Blaine
NH Historical Society


The NH Historical Society presentation of The Willey Slide and Disaster Tourism is indeed a macabre attraction that changed tourism, travel and the state of New Hampshire in 1826. This presentation is very well done and takes into consideration the event, probable causes of it, the loss of lives, and how this disaster was exploited. Many people profited from it including merchants, artists, authors, map designers, tavern and inn owners, as well as workers on the railroads and roadways and in tourist attractions. It caused such an influx of visitors who wanted to see and climb these wild mountains and visit the Willey house that remained intact.

The virtual tour of “Macabre Attractions : The Willey Slide and Disaster Tourism” presented by Professor Martha Schmidt Blaine of the New Hampshire Historical Society was excellent. I found it most interesting how the tragedy of the Willey Families 9 members on August 28th 1826 Mud Slide made Tourism what it is today in New Hampshire. In the 19th century the White Mountain Area was basically unknown to America. Had the family remained in the house they would have survived like the inside of the structure did. Incredible how the story spread though books, poems and tales of the rugged White Mountains. Basically this tragic mud slide is what created New Hampshire’s nick name “The Granite State” and the thriving tourism that still carries on to this day.

Very interesting topic. One of my favorite NH tragedies. The Cherry Mountain Slide (Stanley Farm) in Jefferson had an even larger impact on disaster tourism.

Willey Disaster video was extremely interesting. I could not imagine people actually living in Crawford Notch wilderness in the late 1700’s . How courageous to undertake building a road!

Marsha Schmidt Blaine is the researcher and speaker for this program:Macabre Disasters: The Willey House and other Disasters. She explains that previously there was not much interested in the White Mountains. But in 1826, after the Willey Disaster, the country was looking toward nationalism…and away from Europe. They wanted American to be better than Europe. Hence, the ruggedness, beauty and disasters took a front set to change the face of tourism, travel, and New Hampshire into what we have now. “The Fashionable Tour” book by Charles Cobman describes the trip through Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire in 1830. There is a detailed description of the Willey House disaster but it was not named. Basically the family heard mud slides coming down the mountain for 2 days. The slide was almost 3 miles long. The family feared they would be swept away if they stayed in their house. They left the house to seek refuge along the mountain, but they were swept away and their home remained intact! Hawthorn also refers to the disaster in his book –“The Ambitious Guest.” And the legend of this tragedy lives on to this day.

NH Historical Society Macabre Attractions by Marcia Blaine (formally of Georgia-_
-Very interesting and scary 3 mile mud slide down Mt Willey 1826 in dead of night after 2 days of torrential rain
-Left the Willey house intact by the 3 mud slide tracts going around the Willey family home while taking out the barn killing all but 2 oxen and a dog.
-Family thought to have fled bodies of all but 2 children of the 5 found to this day; the bodies located by watching the swarms of flies in over one area.
-Other odd things that happened in 1826 ; John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on July 4th; Economic Panic of 1826 created 1st regulations in NY to protect investors of banks..
– The Croford family who discovered the bodies of the Willey family members after the slide were the road keepers of the road thru Franconia Notch
-Lucy Croford documented what she observed/remembered as her husband Ethen Allen Croford searched the area.
-Subsequently her notes became public and people started to flock to the area which provided a family profit from conducting tours and housing the site seers .
-Wadsworth of Hartford commissioned artist Thomas Cole and Pratt to travel to the area and paint pictures which hang in the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. This sparked more interest in tourism as well as Cole’s selling of prints.
-People appreciated the Wildness of “American Art”
-1831 the White Mountain Stage company ran routes from Portland Maine to Conway NH
-1841 a hotel was built next to the Willey Home to house the tourists
-1851 Rail road established Portland Maine to Gorham NH increasing flow of folks touring including the building of Alpine House Grand Hotel in Gorham.
-Interesting how Tourism was enhanced by a natural disaster.

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NH Historical Society: The Old Man of the Mountain: A RemembranceMay 12, 2020 edition

The Old Man of the Mountain: A Remembrance: Watch here
Brian Fowler, geologist and former president of the Mount Washington Observatory

NH Historical Society


This Virtual Tour of ‘The Old Man of the Mountain: A Remembrance’ put on by the NH Historical Society is full of information about the first sighting in 1805 to his toppling on May 3, 2003. I am totally impressed by the information provided by the speaker who worked on this project for so many years and so easily told of his experiences dealing with 7200 tons of rock on 5 slabs. The autopsy results and the existing way developed to view ‘The Old Man’ are a great ending to the story.

The slide presentation by Brian Fowler was good but some of the rock features didn’t show up because of the bright lighting on the slides. The way they figured out that the vibration was not from construction but from the wind was so interesting. And the placement of wood blocks under the turnbuckles solved the problem. Ultimately the old man’s face fell because of feldspar in the granite which developed cracks subject to weathering. The selection of the present display was described. I think it is so clever. If you stand in the right place and look up along the angled bars you can place the visage back on the old man. I bought one of the paving stones to support the project so my sons and grandson’s initials are engraved in the pavement. I hope they used granite that doesn’t contain feldspar so it will last forever!

Very interesting and informative. I love these type of presentations. The only part I found frustrating is the laser pointer used in the presentation did not show up on the video most of the time.

This was a fantastic virtual tour of “The Old Man of the Mountain: A Remembrance” by Brian Fowler. I enjoyed hearing how it was formed over15,000 years ago by Mother Nature. It was very interesting to find out about the different variations of Granite through out New Hampshire. How it was first sighted at the foot of Profile Lake by 2 surveyors in 1805. The incredible weight (7,200 lbs ) of Conway Granite protruding out the side of Cannon Mountain to create The Old Man. Having this become the official emblem for nearly 200 years of the state of New Hampshire. The history of how he was involved over the years in trying to extend the life of its formation of granite. Little did anybody know it was deteriorating from the inside out and came to an end May 3rd 2003. How the creation of Memorial Plaza on Profile Lake was established by private funding. I have been to the plaza many times and the information I attained helped me put things into perspective of how powerful Mother Nature really is.

The Old Man of the mountain: A Remembrance for those lucky enough to have seen it how and why did it fall without anyone hearing it no one at the time was nearby when it fell in the middle of the night on May 3, 2003. Because the rock is Conway granite is known to erode after time and crumble however, the Old Man stood thousands of years in the making of his profile. With all the hopes of tie rods, turn buckles to keep parts from falling, it fell not from the top but the bottom instead. When the highway was was to be built nearby, fear with all the blasting to make the road would that make the Old Man topple. No. The five slabs that made up the Old Man were formed naturally the winds and weather were more significant than the blasting 2000 feet below. It was a given that the day would come when it would fall as the Old Man stuck out of the mountain side where carvings on Mt. Rushmore are inwards making them impossible to fall. From the time the Old Man was discovered no one knew that he was rotting from the inside making it no help with all of the ideas of rods and concrete would not keep it from toppling off the cliff.

When it was discovered it had fallen there was deep sorrow. Flowers were left on the roadway. Our emblem of the Old Man still remains on the newly minted quarter, Road signs, license plates to forever remember the time when the existence of him was on the side of Cannon Mountain.

Profile lake off Route 3 has a memorial plaza giving all the measurements of the Old Man, stories of those who dared to climb to try and save him with all the buckles and rods but in the end there was nothing that man could do. Even to this day no one dares to climb the area in which he fell as the Conway granite is so delicate.

This is a story about a non existent man who from the time of his discovery people from everywhere would come and look, take pictures of him listen to the stories of trying to keep him forever.

Since that day friends of the Old Man throughout the State and beyond, the Old Man of the Mountain legacy fund with support from hundreds of people has created the Profiler Plaza in Franconia Notch. The plaza was dedicated in June 2011. It includes seven profilers’ that recreates the visage of the Old Man looking over Franconia Notch A toy designer from Matel made one of the profilers that stands thirty feet and is an optical illusion. The park also had hundreds of paver stones purchased by friends throughout the Granite State and beyond engraved with personnel messages. The lake itself covers thirteen acres has picnic tables and rest room facilities. It is a five minute walk from the parking lot. While there enjoy the view from the top of Cannon Mountain by taking the ariel tramway. The New England Ski Museum for those who enjoy the sport which includes the career of Bode Miller. The museum each year focus a new arrival exhibit focusing on some aspect of ski history. Both the Ski museum and the Plaza are non profit. Other things to do near Cannon Mountain is the Flume Gorge, Artist Bluff Trail for those who like to hike. The Basin at Franconia Notch. For those who are looking for adventure there is the Alpine Outdoor Recreation Centre. Take exit 34 off US=3 (also known as the Styles Bridges Highway) and head towards Cannon Mountain. Follow the signage.

The beauty of the area has made an imprint on my mind no matter how many times I have been there. Meeting the local people who are as interested in you as they are of them. Every corner you turn there is more beauty than the last and it keeps on going. I have been blessed to live and witness the beauty of New Hampshire. By sharing my thoughts of places I’ve been especial to the Cannon Mountain area gives me pleasure to share it with others. I leave with this story of a man who was once one of the most visited attractions in all of the Northeastern States. A man who was not really a man. Our State Motto Live Free or Die Free the Old Man of the Mountain did both One I saw in person before he left forever leaving a legacy that lives on.

This talk at the NH Historical Society was about the Old Man in the Mountain. The speaker started with describing the rock formation of the face itself, Conway granite is a porous granite that does not tend to last, as there are small ‘membranes’ in the granite which are very susceptible to having water gather. In the winter this water will freeze, in the summer melt, causing the granite to expand a little bit each time that process happenings. Turnbuckles were installed in 1916 to attempt to hold the face together. Over the years additional repair work was attempted. But on May 3, 2003 the face of the Old Man toppled….Cannon Cliff is also made of Conway granite and in time will also crumble and topple. A beautiful Memorial Plaza of the Old Man of the Mountain was built and gives the visitor a clear picture of the ‘profile’ by using standards that all you to look up, thru a frame and ‘see’ the Old Man again. This tour is detailed and comprehensive.

-Brian Fowler did great job presenting the geologic and human history of this amazing icon
-Fell into Franconia Notch 2003 after the Conway granite felspar sections of the 41/2 x 4 foot section holding the 7,200 ton 5 piece structure that had been balanced since creation, failed along the lines of the felspar tracks as the potash eroded by they believe wind driven cloud moisture over 15,000 years.
-Amazing structure that man could not duplicate
-Preservation attempts by Neil Neilson of the NH Highway Dept applying epoxy to cracks as he hung by a bucket 2,700 feet above profile lake.
-Also the turnbuckle system to hold the forehead in place which vibrated via the wind blowing across them until Ski Patrol figured out how to damper the turnbuckles with wooden blocks.

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Aviation Museum of New HampshireMay 7, 2020 edition

Virtual Tour: https://vimeo.com/413721548

Aviation Museum of New Hampshire

Around the World Flight Adventure: https://www.nhahs.org/worldflight/current/
Where we use our professional flight simulator to travel the globe


– History of people, pilots, mechanics and places related to NH aviation
-Original Manchester Terminal built in 1937 and was the active terminal until 1962
-Civilian activity halted 1940 as Army Air Corp utilized it as a staging location for European Invasion
-The building was moved from its original location over two active runways to its current location and had addition in 2011 staying with the original Art Deco style .
-Interesting exhibits including the Shaky Jake radial engine, cockpit and flight simulator
-Offers outreach programs

The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire is located in Londonderry on part of the land of the Manchester airport. The focus is to preserve the history of aviation in New Hampshire. The people, pilots, plans, mechanics and events of note are all included here.
An art deco building from 1937 is the primary building; it was moved to its current site in 1962. In October of 1946 it became an Army Base for planes stationed to go over to the European countries during WWII. In 2011 an addition was built to house the learning center and expand the display area. Artifacts from around NH, a flight simulator, and an area for building an airplane from a kit are housed in this building. It is available for meetings, and events. Volunteers are always welcome.

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Manchester Millyard MuseumMay 5, 2020 edition

Manchester Historic AssociationMillyard Museum

Millyard Museum Tour: Changing the Way of Life: https://youtu.be/1E5LJey1RF0

Places of Manchester Episode 3: The Millyard Museum: https://youtu.be/QwGQHw8JujE


These two videos give a snapshot of Manchester’s Millyard history and a more detailed look into the mills themselves.
Indians inhabited the mill/river area more than 11, 000 years ago. Burial ground artifacts have been carbon date in 1969 to determine that date. The real growth of the area was when the Amoskeag Mill Company employed over 17, 000 people …over half of the population of the city. Immigrants from Scotland, England, Belgium can to work in the mills as well as farm girls from the surrounding towns. Some started as early as age 9. The output of cotton material was over 470 miles PER DAY!! The decline of the mills started when the southern part of the country to prepare the cotton in their own area…the steam engine to produce power effect that. The wages went down and hours went up for the workers. in 1922 the first strike at the mill took place and lasted over 9 months. This weakened the company, but even further a flood almost caused the company to declare bankruptcy. Money was raised by the civic leaders of Manchester and the Millyard was saved. Over 30 different business moved in to the area and it once again was thriving. Today we have several technology companies, and small business in the Millyard. These project a positive thriving future for that area.

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Freedom Historical Society April 30, 2020 edition

Freedom Historical Society – Works Barn Museum & Allard House
Freedom Historical Society

Works Barn Museum & Allard House Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch


I enjoyed viewing the “Freedom Historical Society-Works Barn Museum and Allard House” tour. The volunteers do a great job in demonstrating and presenting all the tools artifacts ,machinery, and wagons people of the 19th century would use.The history of how Freedom NH got its independence and name in 1831. They have a great Webb site with all that is taking place, programs. News letters, calendars are just a few to mention, All of this made possible by donations to the FHS Museum Store. If you enjoying seeing how people lived and survived back in the 1800 s ,I recommend this Museum.

Nice job on the Allard Farm and Work Museum in Freedom NH. I texted a picture of the egg weighing gadget to my friend. Her husband has just started up a chicken enterprise with 25 chicks. Was also interested in the bit about a ox harness ….described as necessary for shoeing an ox because an ox can’t balance on three legs like a horse can when getting a new shoe. Of interest, since I’d watched cows at the Tamworth Doctor and Farm Museum get there toe nails cut in a process that involved loading the cow into a contraption that turned the cow on its side for the procedure and then back on all fours when finished. Can a cow not balance on three feet either? I’m convinced this is a genetic based interest as my Irish grandparent’s lived on farms in the old country. Cousins still own an ancestral farm in the Irish midlands.

The Freedom Works Barn tour was an antique lovers delight! I learned so much about things I remember finding in my Grandmother’s barn. I never saw a jigsaw with pedal power although she had a pedal power sewing machine, bellows, and an even older Victrola that played records with wooden needles. I would highly recommend this tour particularly for men interested in tools; and anyone interested in antiques; I would look up the location/ directions before mentioning it.

Freedom Historical Society – Works Barn Museum – Allard House in Freedom NH
-Really impressive site:
-Created from collection of Mr Skrow Works donated to Historical Society provided they would provide a site to contain and display it.
-Skrow his first name is Works backwards interesting
-Really extensive historical tool display
– Never saw a egg sizer before; interesting
-Interesting 5 spring mouse trap
-All wood donut cutter; wonder if Dunkin uses similar items
-Scrub board brought memory of my Grandmother using one
-Doggie treadmill ; put them to work
-Sled collection and a Concord wagon; only other one I have seen was at Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs Co
-Interesting functional sap yoke for strong people to use.
-Weasel device which on the 10th turn popped i.e. “Pop goes the Weasel”
-Pins and Feather for splitting Granite
-2 person crosscut saw like to one my grandfather used to cut some large timber

The Freedom Historical Society produced a Works Barn Museum and Allard House tour. The barn housed a variety of
sections to depict a certain occupation –farm, carpenter, tinsmith, blacksmith, farm kitchen and utensils(ice cream scoops, coffee grinder mouse trap, etc), and a physician. Several other items in the barn included musical instruments, children’s toys, ice gardening tools, and a large display of old ‘Freedom’ signs and billboards. The Allard House tour included a story about Margie Allard’s preparing lunch for the school children….they would walk over to her front porch to get their lunch. She lived in the house until 1977. A tour of the house included both parlors…the ‘best’ parlor housed the piano and some dresses and the family Bible. Upstairs the bedrooms include an area for the men and women who lived in the house. This visit with Carol Foord was extensive and enjoyable.

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Hollis Historical Society – April 28, 2020 edition

Hollis the Way it Was:

Hollis Historical Society YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPVHSOP8tjHcGvkxkb-F8CA/videos

Hollis Historical Society


It was an amazing tour of the town and its agricultural history. The hosts of the tour provided amazing pictures and footage of the town with detailed views of the town and its history.

I live in Hollis and it was wonderful to learn more of the history of our new home. I recognized the voices of some of the people who attend Hollis Seniors with me! I had no idea this existed and plan to email it to my husband’s family so they will know what to expect when (ever) they are able to visit. This was very enjoyable and I hope there are videos on other small towns in NH.

The” Hollis Historical Society” was very well done, how they tied it in with the video of ” The Way it Was”. The stories were very reminiscent of an era long gone. You could tell they enjoyed recollecting how it was a very rural community and parts still are today. The location between Nashua and Manchester along the routes of 122 and 130 how they would go once a month for food and supplys. It reminded me of stories my Grand Parents would tell of their past. Hollis is still a farming community but in a different modern way. To hear how they would play outside unlike todays youth. How they would walk to school 3 miles, any child further away would ride a school bus. I enjoyed this virtual tour immensely.

Well, if that wasn’t a trip down memory lane!!! So many parts of the video reminded me of thinks I experience growing up, Life seemed so uncomplicated during that time: playing out doors with simple fun things; freedom to ride bikes places ; collecting eggs. I remember the milk man bringing milk in bottles packed in ice chunks; Mom saving the cream from the top. The history of schooling and transportation was well covered. This would be highly recommended to families with children wondering “What it used be like” as well as seniors. Perhaps I’ll investigate myself!

Of special interest to me was Memories of WW II some I could personally recall.
-Scrap metal collections; interesting that the Cannon from the Hollis Common was melted down as part of the effort.
-War ration tokens and ration books; I exchanged some at local store for food.
-The Mach battles of Ft Devin’s soldiers in Hollis must have been something to see as a towns person.
-Didn’t know German POW’s harvested crops on Hollis Farms
-I can recall as little boy the blacked out headlights on our 1941 Buick
-Very touching story on PFC Elliot Russell
Excellent assembly of Historic knowledge.

It was an amazing tour of the town and its agricultural history. The hosts of the tour provided amazing pictures and footage of the town with detailed views of the town and its history.

The Hollis Historical Society has produced a comprehensive early history of the town through photographs with narration by local residents. Many of these residents are family members of those pictured. The program opens with information about the farms… the Bell Farm Dairy, and the many apple, peach, vegetable farms of the town. Also included in the video is information about the police, fire, and road departments and their history and developments. The mention that often the winter clearing of snow often needed someone who was ‘shoveling’ the roads was interesting. This video was fun to watch and understand how the town developed.

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Old North Cemetery, Concord April 27, 2020 edition

Cemetery Administrator Jill McDaniel-Huckins takes us on a historic tour of Old North Cemetery to learn more about the people buried there.

  • Established in 1730, it is the oldest cemetery in the central part of New Hampshire.
  • In 1842, additional land was purchased to expand the Old North Cemetery.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0TWAZoiduE&feature=youtu.be

Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/103014/old-north-cemetery

Visit Concord NH – The Celebrated and Forgotten Dead of Concord


Virtual tour of the North Church cemetery in Concord NH. I’m not good with computers but once I got to the right site this was very interesting. I have never been there but plan on checking it out later in the year when safe to go there. It was interesting to hear about slaves being left to someone. Life was pretty difficult for people back during that period of time. I look forward to watching more of these and of traveling to some of the sites in the future.

What a great video! I have visited the North Cemetery many times and of course, knew of Pres. Pierce’s grave, but I had not known about the other many notables in the cemetery. It was so interesting and I will now have to go back to find the graves that they highlighted. Concord has a long rich history and it was so interesting to hear about the some of the wonderful early people. I learned about Nancy, the woman born a slave, but when the NH Constitution was passed was a free woman, who stayed a beloved member of a Concord family and buried with them in the family plot. It was a well done video, and I would encourage guests to the cemetery to watch this before visiting.

This was very interesting. Normally, I volunteer at the State House and have given direction to Old North Cemetery to folks interested in visiting Franklin Pierce’s grave site. While taking folks on Tour, I have met a gentleman who spoke with me about Slave Adverts 250 project. I remember him as very passionate about this project. We spoke together briefly about the history of slavery in NH and he commented that there was nothing visible about the history of slavery in the State House. Until watching this video, I was unaware of Nancy’s story and her grave site in Old North Cemetery. I would be interested to know if there is a walking tour map of the cemetery available, or planned for the future. If there is such a map, it would be great to have at the NH State House Vistor’s Center and other Tourist locations.

This was a fascinating tour of “Old North Cemetery,Concord”, and the inception of it. Originally called Penacook, then Rumford and finally Concord. The cemetery was first called “Gods Acre” before its establishment in1730. All the famous people who are interred there and the six original monuments along with their own story. People such as Franklin Pierce14th President and the First Lady, US Senator David Lawrence Morril, and US Congressman Mathew Harvey. How the first NH Turn Pike came into being and the role it played with Portsmouth. The story of NANCY the 1st Slave and how she was freed. The storied “Day of Infamy” August 11, 1746 and its clash with the Native Americans.There are so many famous people to numerous to mention. The historical part they played in making what Concord New Hampshire is today. If you like history and would like to know more about Concord and this Historical cemetery. I highly recommend this tour steeped in the Colonial times to present day.

I toured Old North Cemetery in Concord. It was very well done and chronicles the resting places of several notable people such as Pres. Pierce and Mr. Downing the founder of Abbott and Downing Co., builders of the famed Concord Coach. It was noteworthy that there are many unmarked graves of poor people buried there as well as the grave of at least one former slave.

The Old North Cemetery in Concord, NH. I learned SO much about people who were so significant to the development of our State, many of whom I had never heard about prior to today. If I hadn’t been required to stay home I probably would never have “explored” this cemetery. I was particularly fascinated with the story of “Nancy”for I never thought of any sort of slavery associated with NH. They grave stone of the 2yr. old boy sleeping sweetly on the headstone grabbed my heart. And finally, I appreciated learning about the burial of Franklin Pierce. I would highly recommend a visit for people interested in history.

The tour of the Old North Cemetery in Concord, NH on North State Street was very descriptive and detailed. The land was originally part of the town of Pennycook— known as God’s Acre. Later it was known as Rumney but finally was enclosed into the Town of Concord. Concord was an important town because of the 2 bridges built over the Merrimack River, the building of the major highway from Concord to the town of Portsmouth at the sea coast, and finally Concord becoming the State Capital. Veterans from several wars are interred in the cemetery: Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, Mexican War, and the Civil War. Prominent among those buried is NH’s President Franklin Pierce, his wife, and children. Other prominent citizens of early NH are buried here as well. A great attraction for a short stroll for anyone NH citizens or visitor.

The virtual tour of Concord’s OLD NORTH CEMETERY was indeed very interesting. I have passed by this place millions of times, but never knew anything of it’s history. I can now profess that I know a lot more about it and many of the names to which I have witnessed in my 58 years of living in the area have profound history – the streets, the parks, churches,schools and businesses. So many of the stones in this old cemetery are those of our greatest forefathers from NH.
I found one story particularly interesting in that the stone marked “NANCY” was that of a woman of slave history was raised and worked for the Herbert family who thought of her as their own. Also the fact that Dr. Ezra Carter had forgiven his indebtors by having “paid” receipts sent to all his patients after the time of his death. So many stories in this cemetery!
Thank you for offering this virtual tour.

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Heritage Park – Railroad Museum April 24 edition

Union, NH – Heritage Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swoWHAZx7CU&feature=youtu.be

Heritage Park Railroad Museum: http://www.historicwakefieldnh.com/heritage-park-.html


I have never actually been to Union NH, nor Wakefield, nor Sanbornville to tour or visit, but it is now on my list. I enjoyed the visit virtually and am anxious to see the Park and Museum “in person”.
It certainly brings us back to the serene life of northern NH in earlier years

The model train display looks so real I had to watch the film several times. The scenery is beautiful and the figures life like. The restoration of the station is interesting with a gift shop for memoirs.

it was a nice display, very intricate…I could see how children would like this display of the trains in the museum.

I really enjoyed the Virtual Tour of “Heritage Park” in Union NH. I can’t get over the admission is free. This place is a train lovers paradise with all the replicas of the Boston and Maine Railroad. I liked the way they set it up to replicate the 1900’s. The museum is set up with all restored equipment of the bustling railroad days of a bygone era. If you are a model train lover or love anything about trains this is the real deal. I highly recommend going to Heritage Park. I plan on taking my Grandchildren there first chance I get.

The Heritage Park Railroad Museum is on my 2020 Bucket List for when we can travel some, and I’m excited to visit there. In addition, the future plans sound very exciting and well thought out. The entire exhibit appears to have been magnificently planned and executed, and will have wide appeal to train buffs and history aficionados !

It was a cute and folksy video. I like model trains and do the Railroading merit badge with the scouts. So this was fun to watch from a town that I used to drive through daily back in college. I especially like the snow plow train. I grew up just a few hundred feet from a train station and got used to the train coming at all hours. It was nice to see the history here being kept alive.

The website is basic and easy to navigate. I like the projects page and the water tower work being done. Also nice to see the historic buildings of both Union and Wakefield. It is an area of the state that is often overlooked as you can get to the lakes, the seacoast, or even to Conway in just a short drive.

I watched the video of Heritage Park in Union. Very informative and I enjoyed the video shots of the model railroad. It reminded me of my Lionel train set I had as a child! I then reviewed the Heritage Park Museum website. I really enjoyed checking out all of the hyperlinks for historical buildings, etc. I would like to keep this museum in my future plans the next time I travel down Rte 16.

-1909 Steam Locomotive or Boston & Maine freight and passenger train HO model replica as it made its way thru the stops on way to Boston; housed in 1875 house.
-Outstanding detailed display kept up by three men; detail down to a moose by the river.
-Gravel Train included in the display
– Restored B&M 1911 building displaying what could normally be seen on a typical day if you entered it during its heyday ; including a 5Cent pay toilet and a Underwood Typewriter; really great historical artifacts
-The caretakers have demonstrations of their work behind the scenes
-A Russel snow plow is available for touring – open to the public.
-Very Impressive site!!

Beautiful photography of a splendid HO layout!! The sounds are terrific too and it is such a thrill to view it a table level! I grew up with the Boston & Maine a short distance behind my home so really enjoy railroads! Even the 2 am that went by and I learned to sleep right through the warning whistles. I’m a microferroequinologist also and a founding family member of the original Klickety Klack Model RR now in Wolfeboro! I hope you get lots of tourists stopping by … they should love it!!!

Have been by the RR/ many times, in fact my husband has a small rail car that he uses with the rail club in Wolfeboro. I on the other hand knew very little. The video was very well done, and quite realistic on the ‘tour’ as the train took us by homes, laundry hanging on lines, horse and carriages. The audio was quite good as well. This display certainly is a work of love by mainly three men. I will be interested to stop in at some point, not only to see the train display, but quilts and other memorabilia were shown in the museum part. I’d like to know more about that fancy china that was used in the dining areas as well.
Have been searching where the name, cotton valley comes from, but have not uncovered any facts.

The Heritage Park Railroad Museum is sponsored in partnership with the Wakefield, NH Heritage Commission. With 3 gentlemen residents working on the display, it shows the rainroad’s path in 1909 using the HO gauge model trains. The display is housed in a building very close to the railroad tracks, so it is a great rainy day attraction. The Museum also presents demonstrations and lectures about railroads in the area and how the displays are designed, developed, and produced. It was a relaxing tour of the area with great depictions of the scenery along the trip.

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Pine Grove Cemetery, ManchesterApril 23 edition

Check out two tours of Pine Grove Cemetery, courtesy of the Millyard Museum:

A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream – August 15, 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W5wXiMQx0U

Pine Grove Cemetery Walking Tour – September 23, 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJF61qNQQXY&feature=youtu.be


The “Pine Grove Cemetery – Manchester” virtual tour was a very historic one. Reminiscing all the famous and talented people that made contributions to the city of Manchester. Helping realize their tragedies and why certain (Queen City Bridge) were named as they are today. All the famous song writers and poets through out the ages and their contributions. The importance of Thomas W Lanes, Fire Fighting Techniques helped Manchester, and all over the country. This was very well done by the trustees of the Manchester Historical Society.

It was so nice to finally see this video as I was one of the GSA leading the tour and the videographer was part of my group. I loved learning and now relearning about the variety of interesting people who called Manchester home. From one of the early female doctors who was also a teacher and missionary during the Civil War, to a prominent industrialist turned philanthropist in Frank Pierce Carpenter whose prominent home was given to the Red Cross to use during WWII and still used by them today. And the talent of Billy George a prominent Broadway songstress, and Zo Elliott a world known composer. This was such a fun event literally bringing the history and personalities of the past to life. I hope the Majestic will be able to team up with the Historic Society for future events.

Pine Grove Cemetery walking tour 2017
-Driving force to build Queen City Bridge was death of Steward family members by ice chunk sinking the row boat as they crossed the river from West side to get to work at the McCullen Shoe Factory. Interesting 400 people per day crossed the river either on trestle railroad bridge until Rail Road stopped it or in up to 25 row boats.
-Emmet Duffy noted song writer ~40 songs.
-Betty George famous singer; the Greek Goddess of Song
-Harry Garvin wrote Sweet Bye and Bye sung at his grave cite by a choir 1890
Very Interesting graveyard.

The presentation really showed how much Manchester’s history lives on to this day and the famous people with close ties to American history.

A fascinating and amazing presentation on the history and renowned people of Manchester and New Hampshire.

A Mid-Summer Nite’s Dream: I watched the Walking Tour first, then this presentation. This tour was most enjoyable as actors portrayed a deceased person who had “come to life” that evening to tell their story. The portrayals were lively and informative and sometimes “impromptu”! Period dress was impressive and the actors did their best to learn about the person they were portraying. Also, GSA members were helping that evening with the tours and mentioned in the video. I do not remember seeing anything about helping with that last August! I’m sure it would have been wonderful to volunteer that evening!

I was expecting more of the history of the cemetery, ie., how the city decided to set aside the area for a cemetery, the “pauper’s” area, are people currently interned there, etc. However, this was a walking tour of various grave sites of people who were born/lived in Manchester : composers, poets, President of Amoskeag Manufacturing Co, philanthropists, etc. It was interesting to note that there were many notable people, most of whom I was totally unaware. I had no idea that the Public Library on Pine (a frequent haunting of mine in high school as I researched many papers for English classes!) was built in memory of Elenora Carpenter. I had never heard it referred to as the “Carpenter Library”—–just The Library. Enjoyable tour however I would also appreciate a little history on the cemetery itself.

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America’s Stonehenge April 22 edition

Built by a Native American Culture or a migrant European population? No one knows for sure. A maze of man-made chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places, at over 4,000 years old America’s Stonehenge is most likely the oldest man-made construction in the United States.

Like Stonehenge in England, America’s Stonehenge was built by ancient people well versed in astronomy and stone construction. It has been determined that the site is an accurate astronomical calendar. It was, and still can be, used to determine specific solar and lunar events of the year.

Download the mobile tour app on your phone to access an in-depth tour of America’s Stonehenge.The app contains pictures, detailed descriptions, and audio for each feature of the main site. 

Virtual tour via the app: https://www.stonehengeusa.com/app.html

America’s Stonehenge Intro Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=mZhmxhpogpw&feature=emb_logo


Watched this video, I’ve always been curious about the site but never attended. Enjoyed earning the history of the site, it looks beautiful and so peaceful.

Stonehenge in NH has never been a place of interest for me. However, after watching the video I was amazed at the link between astronomy and geology and anthropology. It presents an interesting time line and I think I would want to explore more of it’s history prior to visiting. I would highly recommended it to visitors who enjoy those fields.

Such a fascinating place. I have been there once but would like to return with the knowledge I learned from the videos… and see it in a new perspective. I found it interesting that it was part of the underground railroad and also the alignment with Google Maps that it went right too Stonehenge in England. They do snowshoeing there in winter providing there is enough snow. A summer Solstice event as well which I would like to attend this year if it is reopened by then. As a lover of stones…particularly climbing on them and through them this is a playground to explore.
I don’t remember it being very big.

Interesting video about Americas Stonehenge, looking forward to seeing it in person.

I have long been fascinated by American’s Stonehenge but admit to not ever having visited it. Apparently there is solid theory that there is a connection between archeology and astronomy. To think that there is a site dating back to the stone age just 20 miles from my home in Goffstown. One could imagine making a lesson plan before visiting with a group of school children or indeed people of any age interested in astronomy and archeology.

Interesting Virtual Tour of “America’s Stonehenge” located at 105 Haverhill Rd, in North Salem. I visited it back when it was called Mystery Hill Caves back in the early 70’s. Clearly they have done much more excavating since I last visited. The video was very informative has to how it was discovered and the events leading up to today. I liked how it tied in the archeology and astronomy of the mysterious early settlers. Great place to visit if you are into this type of mysterious settings. I highly recommend paying a visit to America’s Stonehenge.

The America’s Stonehenge website was easy to navigate. While I looked at the website, I immediately was interested in watching the 10-minute YouTube video detailing the history.

America’s Stonehenge. I’ve been wanting to go here for a while and the overview video has really whetted my interest. I was particularly taken with the lay line from the site that transects with the English Stonehenge. As soon as the weather warms and the stay at home order is lifted, I’m going!

America Stonehenge 4,000 yrs old
-I walked thru it ~ 20yrs ago when I worked in the Salem area
-1st bought in 1700’s bought by Seth Patty 1734; inherited by John Patty from Mother 1802,
-in 1930 excavation noted shackles found supporting Patty’s abolitionist beliefs.
-1936 Goodwin saves site subsequently bought by Robert Stone and opened to public 1958
-alignment by Google maps directly thru England’s Stonehenge is very interesting.

America’s Stonehenge in Salem, NH will stay a mystery as to the how and why it was constructed. It is a massive collection of rocks piled in so many sizes, shapes and forms which forms an astronomical calendar which has been dated back 4000 years. Since it is so unique in the US, it should be a definite tourist stop for anyone. It also has seven alpacas living on the site which are said to welcome people but at a distance. They will let you know if you bother them, by spitting at you! Great fun and a nice walk in the 30 wooded acres!

America’s Stonehenge: I visited the site when we first moved here approximately 10 years ago but there wasn’t much signage at the time and I wasn’t sure exactly WHAT I was supposed to be looking at. It sounds like much more archeological investigation has taken place the family has added improvements and information. I am very interested in revisiting the area. Unfortunately, I think this is where damage was done to one of the rock “tables” last summer? Ironic that Mr. “STONE” purchased the site (STONEhenge) but wonderful that the STONE family has continued with his work. I was very impressed to hear that when the younger STONE used Google Earth, he found that there was a direct path from one of the formations here to the actual Stonehenge in England!! That sent chills up my spine!!

I’ve gone to this place numerous times over the years and have always found a closed sign. I look forward to getting there this year and actually being able to go through it! It’s extremely cool to know the summer solstice line extends right through the center of one of the Stonehenge UK pillars… technology can be so grand, can’t it? And since this location in humble Salem NH certainly wasn’t in contact with Stonehenge across the Atlantic, to know they are in physical alignment is quite mind blowing. Having people interested in aligning stars, astronomy, and archeology is amazing too. Early sciences, before computers…simple incredible.

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Storyland – April 21 edition

Story Land is the best children’s theme park in New Hampshire, offering rides and entertainment to thousands of families with young children for over 65 years. New generations of children, their parents, and grandparents visit year after year to share past memories and create new ones in the Land Where Fantasy Lives! This kid friendly amusement park features over 30 attractions perfect for making your little ones smile, from the Polar Coaster to Cinderella’s Castle. With special events and family dining options including Character Dinners and Tea Time with Cinderella, Story Land is the perfect fairy tale fun amusement park for kids!

Click here to take the virtual tour of Storyland!


Storyland has turned itself into a small “Disneyland” experience in New Hampshire, aimed at children of all ages but also keeping the comfort and entertainment of adults, young and old. One nice thing on a very hot summer day is the cooling off areas. The “virtual tour” was not in video (or at least I didn’t find it that way) but that would have been nice. However, the website is perfect for anyone searching for a fun day with the kids in the mountains of NH.

I must admit taking the virtual tour of ” Story Land” was like a trip back in time. It brought back so many memories of my child hood, taking my children, and now bringing my grand children. Some things are still the same but there are many new attractions also. The variety of rides, shows and Characters Dinners are amazing. They even offer certain times for children with special needs called Sensory Sensitive Week Ends “M.A.P. Medical Access Passes”. How thoughtful, truly a good bang for your buck and senior citizen rates. The location is great situated right in the heart of the White Mountains on Rt 16 in Glenn NH. I highly recommend Story Land to all visitors of New Hampshire looking for a great experience and fun family day. I am planning on going back for a “great time” with my grand children also.

I have been to Storyland many times when my granddaughter was younger. I love it and always bring it up to people with small children. I was happy to hear they now have an Aquarium. It looks like it has many interesting exhibits including a Stingray touch tank which Samantha loves at the Boston Aquarium. I will need to visit again to check it out.

I was unaware of the broad array of activities for school age children and their families. It is much bigger than I had imagined. Since I am 75 yrs. old, Storyland was in its infancy when I was in school. Therefore was totally unaware of it. Even when our son was growing up in the 70’s Storyland was a fraction of the size it is today and we never were tempted to visit. Now that I know, I will be recommending the park to families.

I watched the Story Land tour. I would say that the video format is not what I would recommend for a business to show off their property, they may do better with an actual tour with guide. As someone who works with small businesses, I would say calling yourself NH’s Best Amusement Park for kids is less impressive than stating which poll or media source named them as that. I was impressed by the number of options for activities/rides. I would pass on to a guest that this attraction would be good for young children who might be overwhelmed by a larger venue, this seems a very comfortable place, and one that pays attention to special needs children.

So much has been added over the years. It looks very clean and colorful. The “eats” sound like good choices for all dietary needs.

The Story Land virtual tour was wonderful! Always one of my favorite places to visit since I was kid and now take the grandkids. Interesting to see how many different areas are in the park and families should aim for a 2 day trip to be able to take it all in. During the virtual tour, I found a few attractions and rides that I had not seen before. By having the ability to get the list of rides and attractions and then be able to go and see them through the virtual tour, was helpful. My biggest suggestion for guests, is to plan for a 2 day trip so that you can take in the various attractions and a chance to enjoy all the rides.

A trip to Glen, NH to visit Story Land would be a delight for any child of any age! It has grown into such a huge park from its modest beginnings over 65 years ago. The carousel, swan boats, live animals, and Cinderella are still there but so many other great rides, attractions, and games have been added. You best plan on spending an entire day or, even better, book a lodging nearby and continue to enjoy this NH theme park for another day to savor and make memories there. There is such a good choice of food that you won’t go hungry either! Grandparents can sit and relax in an area nearby, even shady ones, while the adventurous take on the thrill of the ride.

Viewing the virtual tour of Storyland brought back many childhood memories and some recent from when I visited a few years ago with my niece. Storyland is like nursery rhymes coming to life with all the added rides and entertainment options as an added bonus. This is a great option for families to spend a day together. With many different options and so much to see! It was also nice to see a Dunkin Donuts inside the entrance for those of us “kids: who still need our adult daily dose of coffee! Video of the park in action may be more beneficial to really show everything that Storyland offers.

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New Century Neighborhood Walking Tour April 20 edition

New Century Neighborhood. Visit the neighborhood of Manchester’s movers and shakers when the new century dawned in the early 1900s. Learn about the amazing mansions of North River Road, and a controversial dump! Join local historians John Jordan and Dick Duckoff for a unique tour in the city’s North End.  Click here for video.


I was impressed with the history of Manchester of which I knew little. The volunteers did a great job with the readings.

I travel this neighborhood often when I visit my daughter who lives on River Rd. We are always in awe of the style and architecture of these magnificent homes.

It was interesting to learn the history of some of the great homes in Manchester.

Such an interesting and informative tour of how streets were named after famous people that were instrumental in forming the city of Manchester. How the trolleys would run through the city streets and the presence they had.The mansions were absolutely stunning with the magnificent architecture for the 19th century. They still have a beautiful appearance today, and how they related the stories of Major General John Stark and his descendants. How all the prominent mill owners would build their mansions along North River Road in North Manchester. How they related the stories to the former dump in that part of the city and why the Spite Houses were located there. Dick Duckoff and John Jordan were fantastic in presenting the “New Century Neighborhood Walking Tour”.

What an interesting and fun tour of those beautiful homes built in the beginning of the 20th century! The houses are each unique, beautiful and huge and built for such a fraction of the cost of one of them today and still so well maintained. The fancy designs, artwork, porches and windows of all kinds.. even skylights back then really added to their beauty.
The tour is so well done with many facts added that it is easy to see the popularity of this tour. I’m not sure anyone drives just 20 mph anywhere today, yet someone got a speeding ticket and fine for that speed back then. I really enjoyed learning about the families that built these homes and what became of them. Also, enjoyed the smile on the Director’s face as he held the microphone for so long!

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MARIPOSA MUSEUMApril 17 edition

The Mariposa is a ‘hands-on’ museum of artifacts from around the world, located in the center of Peterborough in the historic Baptist Church building. We celebrate other cultures with regional exhibitions, performances and programs. Adults and families can enjoy the museum on their own “hands-on” and can tour the exhibits with visual and audio aides. We have a robust school program that allows children from area schools to come as a class and learn “interactively” about other cultures or cultural holidays. Twice a year we present a Senior Series dedicated to older adults in the region.

Check out a variety of videos on the museum!


The tour of the” Mariposa Museum” at 26 Main St, In Peterborough was very different and interesting . Showing all the different videos of who they are and what they represent. The building was a former Baptist Church and also served the community in other ways through out its existence. Until 1999 when a fire devastated it and sat empty for a number of years. In 2004 David Blair co-founder purchased and formed the non profit museum and made it what it is today. Having so many programs and performances for all cultures and different religions is what makes it so unique. This place is a hands on experience for children and people of all ages. They have over 2,000 visitors every year with its different arts and craft shows, and artifacts from around the world. I highly recommend to my friends and people visiting New Hampshire to take the time and check out the Mariposa. They have a great web site showing upcoming events and performances going on through out the year.

When the safe at home is lifted, I would like to visit this small museum that I had no knowledge. After viewing the video it seems to be a place of learning , fun and experimenting with articles from all over the world. Not too many museums are hands on except of the children’s museum. Interesting that the building was open in days bygone for mill workers.
After researching the word Mariposa I discovered its meaning to be Butterfly.

I had a really hard time trying to find the video that would give me the information on the museum itself. I first watched the Akwaaba dancers with no real narration, and then videos of Nations Battle which is badly in need of digital repair. After I found the informational video everything fell into place.

Mariposa Museum Museum looks interesting. I particularly liked reading about the history of the building as well as its current use. It would probably be an interesting place for folks interested in the stories depicted in quilts.

Mariposa Museum. What a wonderful gem in a small town! I watched the overview and a couple of performance videos. I wish I lived closer! I’ll definitely recommend it and will visit hopefully this summer.

-Akwaaba Dance looks like great exercise; we experienced similar offering at Kittery Point Days few yrs ago.
-A Nations Battle was enlightening – travelers who face westward discovery of the forgotten people by 2 men and one woman
-Founded in 1842, ravaged by fire in 1999, purchased by Linda Marsella and gentleman and restored to Museum opening in 2002

The Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center in Peterborough is definitely a passport to world culture. How fascinating to learn how so much culture is spread there. Varying ways such as school programs, hands-on-teaching even with playing different countries musical instruments, the quilt and stencil art dyeing textile project, and the colorful 2200 paper cranes made and hand delivered to the Ukraine with wishes for peace there each have a part. If you want a unique gift for someone they even have an international gift shop with designs hand made by artisans around the world. My favorite part of this tour was the Wedding Fashion Show on You Tube. Thank you for this experience!

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CASTLE IN THE CLOUDSApril 16 edition

Virtual  Exploration Library

  • Learn the History of Lucknow Estates
  • Tour Lucknow’s First Floor
  • Tour Lucknow’s Second Floor
  • Listen to Olive Plant’s poem (original owner)
  • Explore their library of virtual experiences including Coloring Pages, Chronicle of the Castle Blog, Exhibit Archives, and General Activities

Hiking & Walking Trails



As a tour guide, I have visited the Castle many times over the years. It was pleasant to take the armchair tour, as a private tour, up close and personal. Well narrated, good footage. The Lucknow Estate truly harmonizes with the surroundings. Something I learned, Plant had the largest shoe factory in the world at one time!
Interesting the needle shower was not recommended for women, guessing it was like women riding side saddle…
The video matched up wonderfully with Olive Plant’s poem. Looking forward to a return visit when open, always something new.

Having visited the Castle and the grounds more than once. This virtual tour of Castle in The Clouds was very informative. Formerly known as The Lucknow Estate , it’s beautifully hand crafted details both inside and outside are unique. Composed of 16 rooms ,with over 45 miles of trails, Horse Back riding, a meadow and a lake with trout. There are so many activities and things to do on this estate. Just overlooking the mountains , and spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee are worth the trip alone. I would highly recommend this to anyone going to the Lakes Region for a vacation or just a road trip.

This tour of Castle in the Clouds is very inclusive and easy to watch. I particularly enjoyed the extra tour activities on each tour that added to the experience. The Honey Cake recipe by Dorothy Gish, the internal skylights and firehouse in the Staircase Hall for safety measures. It was nice to learn that Thomas Plant cared about the workers in his shoe factory as well as those that worked in his castle. He built in so many extras for them believing that happy employees work harder. How difficult it must have been for he and Olive to relinquish this estate!

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Walldogs & Empowering Women

For 93 years the Historical Society of Cheshire County has been encouraging an understanding of how local history shapes the character of the Monadnock Region and strengthens our sense of place. The Historical Society has collected and preserved 300,000 items of regional historical significance during those nine decades. We use these treasures to inform people about the region’s heritage and its importance in their daily lives. Our purpose is to share an understanding of the past that will help to build a better future for generations to come.

Introduction to the Walldogs Murals: Let us introduce you to the stories behind many of those beautiful murals painted by Walldog artists in downtown Keene.

Empowered Women: Learn about famous individuals from around Cheshire County


The virtual tour of the Keene Walldogs was fascinating. 15 murals out of 30 were chosen by the town folk to be painted by 200 volunteers on the outside of town buildings. It has become a festival attraction . Upon completion of the murals 2hr tours are given to the public over a two day period.

The virtual tour of the “Historical Society of Cheshire County” was very interesting. Their location at 246 Main St in Keene New Hampshire is a great place to go and visit . The stories about how Keene played such an important part of becoming the hub of the Monadnock Region. How its proximity to the river and the railroad made industry and manufacturing so grate for the area. They have walking tours and festivals (The Wall Dogs Festival) which has become a yearly tradition. How the 6 famous women stories “The Empowered Women ” contributed to that region was fascinating. How Keene State University has become a part of this region and all it does for the area. I will be sure to recommend this region to our guests when they are looking for historical things to learn about this part of New Hampshire.

I was very interested in the Empowered Women information. I was unfamiliar with all of them despite having a good grasp of NH history. It was particularly fascinating that they all came from small towns for the most part. Being an empowered woman in a small town is quite an achievement!

The Historical Society of Cheshire County provides a different approach to sharing the history of the town of Keene. I had never heard of the Walldogs, mural painters, before this but now know that they are a talented group of sign painters and artists who can highlight those blank walls in cities and bring a sense of camaraderie to a town in just a few days. The town of Keene put much thought and effort into what they felt was important to highlight and the painters brought it to life.
I also enjoyed the Empowered Women section showing how some women overcame the obstacles in their life to show their knowledge, talent, and perseverance in their different fields and become role models for other women to follow.

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The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is an air and space museum located in Concord. Their exhibits include two floors of interactive permanent exhibits on astronomy, aviation, Earth and space science, space history, general science & engineering, as well as outdoor astronomy and space science exhibits.  They also have a planetarium, which is a full-dome, digital Sky-Skan Definiti theater.

Program the Cubetto Robots

Virtual Exhibit: Shackleton Research Station

The News Frontier

Check out the online STEM activities on their website


The virtual tour of the “McAuliffe – Shepard Discovery Center” was fascinating and interesting for all ages. The location in Concord, next to the NHTI Campus is a great location. Consisting of 45,000 SQ ft and 2 floors all scientific exhibits and virtual tours. You can see what it is like to live in the space station. Different virtual tours of the Johnson Space Center, and out door exhibits of a replica of the Mercury Red Stone Rocket. A Planetarium, Observatory and science store are just a few things to mention. It explains how every thing is recycled ( solid and liquid waste) . Open to the public and you can book class tours. This is great for children and adults with families. I would definitely suggest the center to our guests when visiting New Hampshire.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center info is very extensive with its wealth of information. I really enjoyed the Virtual Exhibit’s short clips of life’s cycles of sleeping, eating, running, and cleaning oneself (hair, teeth and body). The diet in space which lacks meat except for the protein found in small bugs is not something I would enjoy. Life on a lunar colony makes life on earth seem like paradise!
The News Frontier section was so intensive with all the newspaper clippings from that era preserved for posterity. For a history buff, this is definitely the place to visit!

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Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt in Nashua offers custom ice cream creations flash frozen to create the freshest, smoothest ice cream right before your eyes! Even Vegan and Keto options. We’re on DoorDash, Grubhub and UberEats.

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream has revolutionized the stereotypical Ice Cream shop! By using Liquid Nitrogen and the science behind cryogenics we create your ice cream Sensation right before your eyes. Serving ice cream & yogurt, including vegan and soy options, made to order and flash-frozen.

Ultra Premium Ice Cream, Low Fat, No Sugar, No-Fat Yogurt, Frozen Custard, Cashew or Soy options for Vegan/non-diary, Keto, Italian Ices, Sorbets, Frozen Lemonades, Ice Cream Cakes and Pies, Shakes, Smoothies and more!

Science Geek, Ice Cream Freak – educational presentation

About Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt, Nashua


Made with liquid N2 activating the cooling of the ingredients; offering what I heard on tour as 29 flavors of fresh no waste elements. Impressive visual experience; we have personally tried it and it is great.

Subzero ice cream, nitrogen important part of process, must go there soon and bring a friend

This was quite the lesson on Science experiments with cryogenics Ln 2 ,(-320 degrees Fahrenheit) and how pressure follows temperature. I enjoyed the virtual tour of “Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream” , located at 495 Amherst St across from the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua. They are very unique with their 49 Flavors and 35 mixings . A trip for an ice-cream turns into fun for all ages, watching Science experiments right before your eyes. I will make sure I suggest this amazing place to our guests when visiting the Southern part of New Hampshire.

Sub Zero ice cream is in Nashua. It is a store that sells many flavors of cream. There are tables so you can eat there. It differs from regular ice cream by being cooled by liquid Nitrogen. This makes it smoother. Some of the flavors are gluten free. The ones that have cake or cookies mixed in are not gluten free. They provide a chart of allergens which is very helpful. More food makers should do that.

Very cool…I liked the balloon experiment, tea kettle but my favorite was the cloud of smoke for wedding pictures.  A great in-house visitor for schools as a science assembly

This brief tour “whet my appetite” for more information. It appears to be a quick process yet I am curious about the source of the nitrogen and whether it lingers in the air. I wondered how syrups, and sugars don’t just crystlize? Thus I will need to get there to satisfy my curiosity!

The Sub Zero science experiments were very interesting to observe. It is such a great educational opportunity to see it up close and personal and then be able to enjoy the results of liquid nitrogen frozen ice cream made to their liking. The company has certainly gathered accolades for its uniqueness in the hospitality industry. The ‘coolest photo of the night’ was a perfect ending!

Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt video is an excellent topic-related science lesson for all ages. They also will go into schools, etc. to teach their lesson and make fog for photos @ places like wedding receptions. I also liked the video ad where we saw the actual serving of the Sub Zero Ice cream and Yogurts in their stores. Maybe it could be combined with the science lesson???

I had never heard of Sub Zero Ice Cream in Nashua—and apparently I don’t live that far from the store. Anyway, it was a great review of chemistry and I’m proud to say that I was able to answer her questions as she “taught” us about liquid nitrogen. They give science presentations to schools and scout meetings and I spread the word to 2 scout leaders I know. I’m excited to head over some warm evening (after this mess settles down!) to watch them prepare my order. I’m impressed that they can accommodate various allergies and dietetic needs. Sounds fun and delicious.

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BEDROCK GARDENS April 10 edition

Enjoy a few moments of serenity from Bedrock Gardens with our new virtual tour!

We will reopen on a weekly basis as soon as it feels safe to welcome you back into the gardens. Until then, know that we miss you, and that we will be here as your safe haven and garden oasis for many seasons to come! Sincerely, John, Jill and Bob.

Access video tour here

More information about Bedrock Gardens: https://www.bedrockgardens.org/


Amazing public oasis of art, horticultural, inspiration open May thru Oct Tue-Fri & 1st and 3rd Weekends of the months.

Meticulously groomed setting with art embedded in the complete garden settings.

Very Impressive

Bedrock Gardens is a hidden gem.
The virtual tour was so well done…the music was so calming…you felt like you were there in the gardens.
I have visited the gardens once and after viewing the virtual tour could not choose one favorite spot there are so many.
The sculptures are whimsical and clever.

I had previously volunteered at Bedrock Gardens for their Columbus Day Fairy House special exhibit and I was delighted to see the improvements they have made. It is such a lovely serene setting with its combination of garden and sculpture. They were closed last year and did a lot of improvements. But now with what is going on, I worry about how they will go forward.

Want to visit these gardens when this virus is over. Will take friends with me. It’s so beautiful!

Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH has a fantastic website filled with so many great pictures of the gardens, sculptures and natural environment. They tell the story of a tremendous amount of work, talent and dedication that has gone into this 37 acre property to make it top ranking in the state. it is easy to scroll through the areas with their appropriate names from the ‘Garden’ section. The aerial view as well as the pictures portray life in the four seasons of the year with colorful arrays of nature’s bounty and the pollinators and other visitors that stop by. It would be easy to spend an entire day here!

The Bedrock Gardens is such a beautiful and serene place. It makes tremendous work, patience and diligence to keep it tenderly groomed. I would like to get more information about its location, hours and directions in order to be able to mention it to a visitor.

I have wanted to visit for quite awhile, and now more than ever. Enjoyed the water features, variety of places to sit and rest and especially the sculptures. It reminded me of a mini Gauden’s. Esp. the features that included farming utensils and I believe a blanket throw

Such a beautiful place to visit and walk on the trails and take in all the bounties of nature ( 37 acres). Great place to go and reflect on Art ,Nature and Serenity. The virtual tour of BEDROCK GARDENS in Lee NH is well done. In a perfect location 45 High Rd ,just off Rt 125. Dating back to around 1740, transitioning to a Dairy Farm by The Piper Family to what it has become today. Being a Non Profit Organization is truly amazing. Definitely worth mentioning this place to our guests when visiting NH. I also intend on going there with my wife.

Aerial tour of Bedrock gardens:
The gardens were more beautiful than expected. The photography was outstanding. Images of bees an butterflies on flowers were so sharp. I know from experience how hard they are to capture.

I wonder where the walks and trails are. The video did not include them. I highly recommend the video until we can get out into the gardens themselves.

Bedrock Gardens is definately a place to be seen in NH during the warm months. Every area of the compound offers different architecture and horticulture, kept and maintained perfectly and meticulously by the owners and volunteers.

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Visitors to the New Hampshire Telephone Museum can enhance their experience by using our mobile tour app. Our mobile tour consists of 18 different stops throughout the Main Gallery. Each stop features original audio, historic imagery, and goes well beyond the information presented in he exhibit. Search for the NHTM app by visiting the Apple or the Play Store.

Online Exhibit: The History of the Telephone A to Z

Past Exhibits: Over There, Over Here: Communicating During WWII

Oracles & Dragons & Apples! Oh My!


That’s Entertainment

Images of NH History Website curated by GSA Richard Marsh


Video of Richard Marsh’s pictures: Here


NH Telephone Museum in Warner NH – biggest learning was that there was such a museum.
-Yellow Pages was an accident in 1883 when the printer ran out of white paper and used Yellow and it stuck from then on.
-Att broken up into various regional carriers by court decree in 1983
-I had used the “ancient” coin phones.

WW11 and they kept chickens for eggs…clever

Entertainment and how they used telephone booths in many movies

After visiting the on line tour, I think I would like to take my grandgirls to the museum when it reopens. I was entertained at the thought of the plastic I love Lucy phone, and certainly remember the busy signal, and pay phone: deposit coins audio. Interesting that young boys were first hired as operators, but due to their antics, females were soon hired. I think the color of the smoke is used to indicate a new pope has been chosen, and not , as we know it, smoke signals… Also, the fact that white paper was used up and had to resort the the infamous yellow pages 🙂

I liked the A to Z format. It kept you engaged and wanting to continue. Lots of interesting stories featuring men, but other than operators where are the women! I’ve been to the museum and this slide show whets the appetite to go again. Good job.

The NH Telephone Museum provided lots of history in an unusual way by using the alphabet to tell its story. Who knew that Alexander Graham Bell preferred answering the phone with ‘Ahoy’ and Thomas Edison with the usual ‘Hello’.
I never knew that ‘555’ phone numbers were originally used for various internal phone company service numbers. We just seemed to hear them in TV shoes and movies thinking they were used so no one would call that. However, that’s not really the entire truth. I particularly enjoyed the 2019 segment on “That’s Entertainment”. There is so much great .. and even comical … info there that I intend to visit it again .

The virtual tour of the “NH Telephone Museum” in Warner NH was by far the most interesting of all the tours. They do an exceptional job of explaining how man communicated from the early times to the present day. It was absolutely phenomenal. I intend to visit the museum my self. I will definitely recommend it to our guests when they visit New Hampshire.

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Old world character meets new world fruit—each of our award-winning and handcrafted wines is made from a unique combination of locally sourced fruit, honey, and flowers, in some cases wild-foraged. Our process is devotedly hands-on from vine to bottle, using old world techniques with the highest level of care and integrity. The result is wine with rich, complex flavors. All of our wines are vegan (with the exception of honey wines), gluten-free, raw, and mostly organic to Best Management Practices—and an excellent accompaniment to a variety of foods.

Visit this link to learn all about future and past educational videos we are now producing. https://hermitwoods.com/facebook-live-wine-tastings/


-Voted Best 500 Wineries in America
-Live desert wine tasting sounds really interesting, pairing Deep Blue and Deep Red with various chocolates
-Renovating 3rd Floor for event use
-Really interesting to visitors vacationing in lakes region; the work-in-process loft listening room with concerts every Thursday Nights when open.

Love wine. This property sounds like a fun place to visit. Technology certainly plays a part in the process. Loved their facility. Great get away.

I watched the video and found it informative. Since I am not interested in wines it is not a place I would ever visit but I appreciated hearing about it.

Interesting to see the location of the Hermit Woods Winery ,72 Main Street, Meredith NH. They have quite a selection of Vegan wines with some exceptions being made with Honey. Their prices seem reasonable, not many over $25.00 a bottle. They also have on line purchases with free shipping. After taking the virtual tour of Hermit Woods Winery-Meredith I will be sure to mention it to guests when they go to the Lakes Region.

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I first encountered the True Soul of Chocolate in 1995. For fifteen years I have sought her subtle nuances, studied her moods, struggled to understand her complex temper. She is a most difficult mistress; coquettish and proud, quick to anger, open only to the most patient of overtures.

I’ve learned to prepare her in the ancient ways of the Maya and in the gleaming kitchens of the finest Parisian chocolatiers. I have studied her at ecole chocolat in Vancouver and at the prestigious Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona in the Rhone Valley of France. I am proud to count among my friends some of the finest chocolatiers from Montreal to Melbourne to Guatemala.

Chocolate is my passion. I will never master her–who can master one so willful and tempestuous? But I will continue to woo her and to craft a small bit of her soul into each truffle and bonbon I create. For chocolate is art. And as art she is magnificent.

Video: https://dancinglion.us/cacao/about/about_us/
Website: https://dancinglion.us/cacao/
Online Survival Chocolate Project updated weekly: https://dancinglion.us/cacao/survival-chocolate/

Open: Tu-Fri 9am-5pm; Sa 11am-5pm take-out and retail online. Free shipping for online sales.


Dancing Lion Chocolate – Chocolate as Art. Strives for no compromise excellence. Richard Tango Lowy master chocolatier obtains chocolate from many countries including Madagascar, Guatemala, which arrives in little pieces up to 25lb slabs . Every chocolate is different and it takes yrs to understand the handling of the different uniqueness’s ; his art forms are amazing to me. Reflecting his belief that combines the Art of Creation which is not complete without Consumption.

Dancing Lion Chocolates. I didn’t understand the process of tempering and I liked how he explained it. I love the idea as chocolate as art. I would have a hard time eating it, but I love that he says the full experience is to see the art and eat the chocolate. I could tell that he really loves his work.

That is possibly the fanciest gourmet chocolate I have ever seen. It is so artistically crafted, painted, etc. I never knew that fine chocolate comes from so many different countries; that each has a different flavor and taste from that region and that the taste is dependent upon the season when it is harvested.
Enjoyed lots of the videos that came from the page also.

Once again, if I wasn’t confined to our home I would not have known about some of the virtual tours I have been able to take/view. Never heard of the Dancing Lion Chocolate in Manchester before, but I can tell owner Richard is passionate about his art/epicurean experience. It is true, taste begins with the eyes, and the art is exquisite. I thought it was only the European’s that took so much pride in their craft.

Hoping to take a foodie tour with GSA’s to many of the places featured, esp. in Manchester, and will not mind one bit of paying for a driver from place to place.

Dancing Lion Chocolate certainly takes chocolate seriously! It does look too beautiful to eat. I don’t get to Elm Street often but want to find Dancing Lion and give it a try.

I enjoyed the virtual tour of “Dancing Lion Chocolates – Master Chocolatier, Richard Tango Lowy”. The location at 917 Elm Street, Manchester NH is an interesting place. I was amazed at the process he goes through, and all the different plantations around the world. He is truly an Artist in Fine Chocolates. I intend to go and see the store . I also intend to recommend this place to people I meet.

Dancing Lion is at the top of my DO list once I can leave my house again. The place is rich in history, charm and chocolate!!

I work one block away from this shop and will definitely check this out now that I understand what is offered and the care that Richard has for what he does and how he treats his customers.

Wow!!! What an amazing place!! After watching the video, I just wanted to jump in my car and head to Manchester (darn COVID-19). When the time comes that we are able to venture out to businesses, I would love to visit Dancing Lion Chocolates! I saw chocolate in a different way, an actual art form. The drinking chocolate has really peeked my interest. I look forward to visiting(hopefully with my daughter) and sitting and enjoying a bowl of drinking chocolate and a croissant!

Dancing Lion Chocolate – Wow – that was a neat video – I sent it to my art teachers already!!! I am going to use this for my college marketing class too. We are talking about Pricing of products – it will be interesting to get their opinion on how much they would pay for chocolate and see that this high end chocolate can be up to the $75 range! Great business, I hope he survives through the pandemic – good to see that he is doing the online sales and the “We’ve Got You Covered” packages. Also super interesting to see how they hand make the chocolate – and I especially like how he went out of his way to say “Granite” countertop a few times. Good to keep the New Hampshire in that chocolate!

I checked out the Dancing Lion virtual experience. Many times I have visited the store, and enjoy talking to the owner as well as drinking the coffee. His chocolate is truly a beautiful experience.

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Situated on a hilltop with a panoramic view of the Grand Monadnock, the Cathedral of the Pines is a breathtaking open-air cathedral and meeting space on 236 acres. Our historic monuments honor the service of American men and women—both military and civilian. We welcome visitors from all over the world to participate in our events and to explore the extraordinary sanctuary grounds, meditate in outdoor chapels and gardens, and learn our history.

VIDEO: Cathedral of the Pines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ju-LNgAqfc

GUIDE TO THE ‘ALTER OF THE NATION’: http://www.cathedralofthepines.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Guide-to-the-Altar-of-the-Nation.pdf

WEBSITE WITH MORE INFORMATION: https://www.cathedralofthepines.org

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ju-LNgAqfc&feature=youtu.be


Cathedral of the Pines is a fantastic place. I go there quite often. It is a great place to unwind. And they now have hiking trails. The place is always beautiful and clean. People are very friendly and knowledgeable about their place.

I grew up in Jaffrey attending services at the Cathedral in the Pines. Even sang with a choir at the Easter Sunrise service. So nice to revisit it today during the Pandemic. It was well done! So enriching and so calming.

The Cathedral in the Pines in Rindge, NH is a true tribute to honor all American men and women both military and civilian. What a wonderful memorial it is to be built in honor of the founders’ son who died over Germany in 1944. The virtual tours, the prayers on 4/10 in celebration of Easter, and the Altar of the Nations information with stones from presidents and from each state adds to this incredible memorial. I regret that I have not been there but hope that everyone who does visit can experience the peace and tranquility it offers within nature’s open spaces, quiet moments or with the serene bells and organ music playing. It truly is a Cathedral without walls!

I went to Cathedral of the Pines in the 60’s with a church youth group. The stones comprising the altar was new information for me. I also don’t think there were extensive gardens then either. I do remember the feeling of peace and contemplation, which hasn’t changed. Interesting overview of the property.

I have been to the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge N.H. It is a most beautiful and peaceful place for people of all religions to worship. Its natural beauty of the open space and surrounded by the tall pines are magnificent. I didn’t realize it was a shrine from Douglas and Cybal Sanderson Sloan, who’s son lost his life in World War 11 in Germany. Many weddings and religious ceremonies take place between May to October. I have always recommended that people should see this magnificent wonder and will continue to do so. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to see The Virtual Tour . “Cathedral of the Pines, Rindge NH” at the foot of MT Monadnock.

I had always wondered about the Cathedral in the Pines. The video left me wanting more information about directions, parking, accessibility and facilities. I will try to find a website to learn more.

The virtual tour of the Cathedral of the Pines includes Mt. Monadnock and the lakes surounding it, just magnificent ! The Womens Bell tower , the auditorium without walls that holds seating to satisfy many , the memorial “Alter- like” structure made of rocks holding special meaning of our last 12 Presidents, and the aereal views of pathways and greenery just amazing and depicts serenity and love as a Natural Sanctuary.

Cathedral of the Pines – this holds a special place for me because that is where I got my GSA training back in 2014!!! It is a beautiful place. I have taken my family there to check it out and walk around. The view of Mt. Monadnock is beautiful. We hike Monadnock often so that is a neat visual for me. The Youtube video is nice – the target market for that is an older religious crowd. The website is easy to navigate – something interesting that I found is that the social media intern that is there is a French student that was recruited by the Franklin Pierce University Track and Field Coach – who is a former student of mine!

A suggestion I would have is for the trail map – to label the trails with their mileage. That could easily be added to the bottom corner next to the colored lines of the trails. I like the alter guide to see what and where each of the stones are – that is interesting.

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INN AT EAST HILL FARMApril 3 edition

Located at the base of Mount Monadnock in tranquil New Hampshire, the Inn at East Hill Farm maintains its tradition as a destination resort where families and friends can meet in a relaxed atmosphere that promotes true re-creation. Rooms are available in the main building or in any of several well-appointed cottages and houses. Wholesome and delicious meals are home-cooked and served family style. Specialties include homemade breads, cookies, fritters and hearty country breakfasts. Youngsters may enjoy the adventure of collecting the eggs they eat.

No matter what the season, there is always something to do at the farm, including: boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, water skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and swimming indoors or outdoors.  If vigorous activity is not on your agenda, there are plenty of comfortable and inviting spaces for reading a good book or having a quiet conversation. Activities are planned specifically for children — crafts, campfires, and games among them. Our younger guests also have a chance to feed our animals, help the farmers with barn chores, and milk the cow or goat.

Click here to watch videos including a fly-over of the property, a segment from Chronicle, their Farm School Program and more.

The Inn at East Hill Farm has been a big supporter of Granite State Ambassadors over the years!


East Hill Farm in Troy exhibits a very nice rural location; being pet friendly and offering scaled rates for children under 17 and free to children under 2 offers families a reasonable cost for a enjoyable stay at this beautiful location. The parents should be attracted to the Massage and reflexology offerings.

The property offer’s so many different room’s and cottages. Classes and learning Farm Life is a great opportunity for people. Very nice place to stay.

After watching the fly over of this perfect spot at the base of Mt. Monadnock, the Chronicle articles and the Farm School program, The Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy, NH is billed correctly as a “family oriented”, “throw back in time” and “year round educational experience” on a small farm from the 40’s to the present. To experience any or all of those things or simply a quiet, relaxing time for life’s simple pleasures, it is the place to be.
The opportunity to enable your children to learn farm life by hands-on methods such as gathering eggs, making bread, splitting wood, brushing down horses, walking in the woods to find birds nests, antlers, even the mushrooms that grow is something not readily available any longer. What a treasure this farm is! And for school groups to spend a week or weekend there should almost be a staple in their learning years!

very quaint & appears to return to ‘50’s farming

Inn at East Hill Extremely impressed by the Farm School Program!! Such a magnificent opportunity for families as well.

I enjoyed the virtual tour of the “Inn At East Hill Farm” . A very interesting farm dating way back to its roots as a working Dairy Farm on over a 150 acres. Having cottages and cabins dating back to the 1940s and offering a farm school. It was the first ever to have an indoor swimming pool. It is in a great location in Troy New Hampshire very close to Mount Monadnock. Such a beautiful resort with so many things to do as a family or just a quick and relaxing getaway. I definitely intend to check this out my self, and will highly recommend it.

The East Hill Farm viseo did a great job @ improving my day @ home. I have never been there but I can see it would have been a great weekend away. The farm school for Middle School students is so interesting, learning all aspects of county farm life from daily caring for the animals to making bread and butter, from finding plants in the woods to family dining together.

The Inn at east Hill Farm, Troy NH, Virtual tour. There are videos showing the general area, the farm, and the educational offerings to local schools.

I’ve heard of the farm but other than the name knew nothing about it. What a wonderful place to go to experience true farm life. The property is located in a beautiful area. It just seems like the perfect place to be a farmer! No shortage of things to do for someone of any age. I was impressed watching their school camps. What a great experience for school children.

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Currier Museum of Art: The Currier Museum of Art is an internationally renowned art museum located in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Currier features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Wyeth and LeWitt with exhibitions, tours and programs year-round. The Museum also offers tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House—reservations required. The Currier Museum Art Center offers studio workshops and classes for children and adults.

Tour: https://currier.oncell.com/en/index.html


I really enjoyed the Currier Museum Tour. I have been there multiple times but can’t believe how much more I learned from the tour. The history timeline was very informative and the fact that our museum opened well before the Boston Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington is a great talking point. I also very much enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the art work. Specifically the Jan de Bray Antony and Cleopatra and the Monet, Seine at Bougival. I will visit it again when they open and check the website to keep informed of the exhibitions.

I lived my teen years on Heather St. and remember being invited by Mrs. Zimmerman to visit their house. Seeing the video was wonderful to notice the care to keep it in it’s original condition. I was very impressed to become aware of the number of classes and programs offered and the vast growth of the facility. Certainly a must see for visitors.

The Currier art Museum. I have been several times, but I truly enjoyed the virtual tour and listening to the history.

The virtual tour of ” Currier Museum of Arts ” was very interesting. Such a beautiful Building (1928) ,I was impressed with the flow of the museum. Having two floors consisting of the main and Lower level. The painting ( 1950 ) of Frank Lloyd Wrights House and the explanation of materials used hanging in the gallery entrance. The 8 different galleries on the Main floor, including the art works of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. The “Winter Garden” and the natural lighting of it, and how they do special events. How the second floor has one common gallery, a library, 3 class rooms and an auditorium. The canvas painting of Claude Monet 1869 and the 1857 painting by Jasper Francis Cropsey. I intend to go and see this spectacular place with my wife.

I took the tour of the Courier art museum. I have been there in person but didn’t look much at some of the art featured. I often have gone to see the special exhibit and pass by the permanent collection. I never read about the outside sculpture and was interested in what it represents. I had been to the FL Wright house so skipped that. The Picasso of lady in a chair was very interesting I never stopped to analyze how the image was constructed. Picasso was indeed clever. I read the description of Hamlet and realize that I have to read it again to understand the play within the play. I never read Othello and didn’t realize it was about race and that Othello was black married to a white fair maiden. The mirror pictured Othello. The Currier is a treasure and I would highly recommend it to visitors.

An interesting overview. It would be more enjoyable to see the artwork while listening about it.

This was great to see. To be honest – I did not realize the extent of the collection. Who isn’t impressed by a Picasso?! I was planning a trip there with my Boy Scouts. Not only am I the Scoutmaster – but I counsel several merit badges and Art is one of them. We were going to go and attend this weekend to see the special display they had for the art of video games. The kids were pretty excited to see that. I can have them do this virtual tour!

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AGRICULTURE – Dairy FarmsApril 1 edition

Dairy farmer Katie Dotterer-Pyle welcomed middle and high school students to Cow Comfort Inn Dairy in Maryland for a Virtual Farm Tour hosted through American Dairy Association North East on March 27, 2019.
Click here to watch.

Want to see more from the American Dairy Association – North East?

Click here for even more educational videos.


Dairy farm tour- I was impressed with the absolute cleanliness of the entire farm and the animals. Of course the Jerseys were great. The narrator (owner) did an excellent job.

The dairy farm tour was very interesting. It reinforces the fact as to how hard not only dairy farmers but all farmers work to put food on our table. Also the way a good farmer doesn’t waste anything, especially the manure.

Wow! This Virtual Tour of the Cow Comfort Inn Dairy in Maryland provides so much information about modern day dairy farming!
From the calf pens with the newborns to the adults in the hospital pen, the milking station and the feeding barn, it brings farming to a new level. Who would know that milk from these farms is measured in pounds when sold and that one cow gives about 60 pounds of milk per day which is the equivalent of 7 gallons! My grandfather had two cows, hand milked and nature fed! Even the barn cat got a squirt or two!

I watched the Cow Comfort Inn video. I love the name of the farm! While I have seen a working farm before – it was certainly not to this scale. I enjoyed seeing and learning a bit more about how the babies go from being born to within just a few hours being away from the mom. I did not know that baby cows are born with no immune system. Interesting.

From a business teacher perspective – I found the part of the 46,000 lbs of milk going out every other day and the price fluctuation from 2014 to present. $30 per 100lbs to $17 per 100lbs. I am talking about commodities in my Financial Literacy class right now and this is a great example of a Grade A commodity. Also – that their primary customer is Land O Lakes. Really interesting.

A NH farm that might be of interest to document and share would be the Eccardt Farm up in Washington NH. They sell to Hood. http://eccardtfarm.com/

This is the first Virtual Tour ” American Dairy Association ” that I really did not enjoy. The sound quality of the tour was poor, I could barely hear” Katies” voice at the Cow Country Inn ( Maryland ). I didn’t see the correlation of how it related to the state of New Hampshire. After researching on my Own I could see why 50 years ago there were 850 Dairy Farms in New Hampshire. Now there are less than 100 in our state. Farming is a very difficult and expensive business to run not to mention the long hours they put in.

I never knew cows were born without an immune system and that’s what the farm separates them initially. I also didn’t realize exactly how much technology dairy farms use. I had seen milking barn before but didn’t know cows wore a “fit bit” and that they took approx 55 steps and hour and that by tracking that the farmer could assess the health of a cow or when they were in heat. I also found it interesting that they recycle manure to make a bedding surface for the cows. I thought this was all quite informative. Can’t wait to see a N.H. operation.

Cow comfort Inn. I learned many things about cows and their care. Four stomachs, that they wear something to track their steps, about foods that do not have GMO’s and people are fooled into buying a can that says no GMO’s when that product never had it. Who knew how well our dairy cows are cared for.

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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF NH March 31st edition

The Children’s Museum of NH is located in Dover.  They have a variety of exhibits, including a Play Patio coming in Summer 2020.  If you’re interested in what they have to offer, enjoy this virtual tour!



The Children’s Museum in Dover is such a happy and playful virtual tour. It makes me wish I was a kid again with such a variety of topics covered to pique the interest of most any child! When parents, grandparents or anyone wishing for a place to take children for a day, I will definitely recommend it. It might be a bit away but there are so many other things to see and do along the way that it would be a fantastic day trip!

Great video to promote it. They did a nice job and it sounds fun. I had my 10 year old watch it with me and he said it would be a place he would like to go as long as it was with a friend. I thought the topographical sand map attraction was neat. He really like the cave exhibit.

I didn’t realize Dover had such a nice Children’s Museum. The size of the museum is very large and it has 2 floors. It is amazing how they build and create their own exhibits. The many rooms and exhibits that are available for children of all ages. The creativity it allows the children to experience is fantastic. I plan on taking my grand children to it. Thank you for giving us The Virtual Tour of “The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire ”

The Children’s Museum of NH is large and filled with many different museum and hands-on aspects of our human and animal lives, fulfilling many minds from infancy to teen-age years. The building of all the features took place right there It is colorful and imaginative with even a letter carrier for which a child can send and receive in any other area of the museum.

Children’s Museum. I was always curious about this museum. I had no idea it was so sophisticated. Just a wonderful place for kids to explore science and spark their imagination. As a retired postal worker I was surprised to see the post office setup and it reminded me as a child that was a favorite game. The museum covers so many areas of creativity from art to building to science. Something they experience here may play a big part in what they pursue. Love the submarine and they make it so lifelike.

I had been to The Children’s Museum many times when it was in Portsmouth but seeing what is offered now was a revelation. Lots for upper elementary now and a lot more space and activities. Great video as an introduction but I’ll have to borrow a child to visit in person!

Beautiful photography and art work. Didn’t know there was such a large Jewish population there. Makes you realize how important it is to pay attention to nature. Inspires me to plant something this spring. I often have friends and family visit from out of state and I will certainly share this with them before I take them for a visit.

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IMAGES OF NH HISTORYMarch 30 edition

Proud GSA Richard Marsh of the Indian Head Resort Class of 2016 has a real passion for New Hampshire and chose to focus this energy on a detailed website he maintains called Images of New Hampshire History. It’s filled with historical photos, newspaper clippings, and accounts on a variety of topics which include the seven veteran riders lost in Randolph; the NH Veterans Cemetery; Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum; Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall; New Hampshire Towns and Historical Markers; Folk Tales; Attractions; Regions; New Hampshire Telephone Museum; Covered Bridges; Trail Guides, NH History and so much more…

Click here to explore Richard’s website!


Images of New Hampshire. Remarkable collection of photos, well arranged.

I must say Richard Marsh did such a wonderful job in producing this virtual tour, Images of New Hampshire History. His in depth coverage of all the regions especially the White Mountains. Photographs of all the Welcome Signs throughout the state. The seacoast region and all its beauty. How the Grand Hotels transpired, the history of the Mount Washington Hotel and Bretton Woods. Back in the day they had their own Orchestras and resident artists. They even had their own newspapers and farms. Every one would come for the golfing, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and its present day Fall Foliage Tours. All the famous people from our state, Joe Dodge,Daniel Chester French, Bob Montana, Sarah Joseph Hale and what they contributed not only to our state but the country.

Enjoyed going through some of the sections. Particularly liked The town welcome signs. Submitting photos from GSAs as we travel around the state might be a fun contest.

Loved reading all about the history of NH. Some things I new, somethings I didn’t. I loved the hiking trail piece. I know there are more hiking trails in today’s day and age, but the hold book of trails, amazing. Also amazing is the history of the Cog railway. Very interesting. There is much history in this state for any type of history buff.

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Walking Tour of the Millyard. We also featured the Millyard Museum in other editions

Here is your chance to experience the full-length guided tour of the Amoskeag Millyard with Manchester Historic Association’s Executive Director John Clayton. 1 hour 42 minutes filmed Oct 5, 2019.



Very interesting the history of Manchester, NH. There is always something to learn every day.

John Clayton did an amazing presentation of the virtual tour of the Manchester Millyard Museum Walking Tour . I did not realize the rich history the Factories have contributed in the past. How the first Denim for Levi Strauss was manufactured here. How President Lincolns visit to Manchester played such a big part in the Civil War. All due to the location of the river, Amoskeag Falls and the vision of the men who developed the Mills. Not to mention the future Dean Kamen will play with all the inventions and his new vision of A.R.M.I. . It seems as though history repeats it self again over time. The Millyard has played such an Important role to Manchester , New Hampshire and the United States.

In the Virtual Tour of Manchester Millyard’s, we learned there was 8,000,000 bricks in one particular structure and “someday” they would invite volunteers to come and help count the bricks in all the buildings.
In 1922 there happened a bankruptcy with Amoskeag and workers went on strike because of the reduced salaries and longer working hours.
Guests are encouraged to visit the Millyard Museum to see more about the structures and history.

On the Mills tours, a mention was made that there was 8,ooo,ooo bricks in one construction but unknown as to how many in all the buildings. BUT, someday, they hope to gather enough volunteers to count the bricks in the Millyard. The bricks were made in Hooksett NH due to the soil there being more clay-like vs the sandy soil in the Manchester area.

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NH HISTORICAL SOCIETY March 26th edition

Since 1823 the New Hampshire Historical Society has been preserving our state’s past and telling its stories to each generation. Nowhere will you find a more extensive collection of archives and objects related to New Hampshire’s history.

Each year the Society uses its vast collections to serve thousands of members and visitors through our research library, museum, website, publications, exhibitions, and public programs. And, our school programs touch the lives of children from virtually every community across the state.

Building Highlights Tour (see graphic on how to navigate their online tour): https://nhhistory.oncell.com/en/building-highlights-tour-173486.html

Activities for Kids: https://nhhistory.oncell.com/en/just-for-kids-181625.html

Explore their collections: https://www.nhhistory.org/Research/Collections-Catalog#/

View the timeline of NH History: https://www.nhhistory.org/Timeline

Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nhhistory/

View their website: https://www.nhhistory.org


The Rotunda, is just beautiful. I learned that the historical society was originally on Main Street, then built on Park Street. I also learned some of the interesting things that Daniel Webster built. Wasn’t aware.

I liked the information on the New Hampshire Historical Society and the Virtual Tour. Although, I actually thought it was going to be a Virtual Tour and not just the first portion of the app used when you arrive there.

I teach a College Hospitality course to my high school students (they can get college credit through NHTI) and roughly 75% of the course is NH Hospitality and Tourism. There were some things I learned here that I will use in my “Remote Learning”!

I do have a problem with the NH Timeline History – which I think is a great resource and have already bookmarked it for my class – the Pine Tree Riot of 1772 is missing. That was a major event in Weare NH and New Hampshire history (and as a Weare resident – I am sad that this is not there). How on earth can that be missing???

The virtual tour of the NH Historical Society was my top interest today. I’ve always visited since late teens when I worked in Concord. I prefer this original site versus the site in Square (off Storrs Street). And nothing can top the Concord Coach and would encourage guest to take the time to see this if nothing else.

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Learn how grants awarded to New Hampshire Fish and Game and US Fish and Wildlife Service are helping restore and maintain the NH State Endangered Karner Blue Butterfly. https://youtu.be/3eRl1HtBPbg

More information on the Karner Blue https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/wildlife/profiles/karner-blue-butterfly.html


I watched the Karner Blue video. Interesting involvement of Fish and Game resources. We don’t see this on North Woods Law! As a volunteer who is mostly at the State House, I could see sharing this information with a guest who has an interest in the natural world as well as history.

Curious, I looked up where this Pine Barrens is located. Its near the Concord airport, not far from where I live. Another butterfly, the Frosted Elfin is also being raised and protected there. I was particularly interested in the Karner Blue because they also grow in the Pine Barrens near my cabin in Wisconsin. In fact Black River Falls Wisconsin has a Karner Blue festival each July. Later this spring I will try to go to our Pine Barrens here in Concord to see if You can see them and if so, direct others to do so as well. I knew how to identify them and will pass that on to others.

I don’t have sound on my computer, but it was interesting to see what is done to promote Karner Blue Butterfly habitat, including clearing and controlled burns. I also actually had never seen a Karner Blue Butterfly so it was nice to see many pictures of them. I may consider improving the habitat in my yard to encourage pollinators.

This is such a tiny butterfly with only a one inch wing span and such a particular diet – wild lupines. The only spot that suits its needs in New England is right here in the Concord Pine Barrens. I had to look up what a ‘pine barren’ actually was. It is an area of dry, acidic, sandy and infertile soil with grasses, forbs (broad-leaved non-woody plants usually with very showy flowers like red and white clover and Jerusalem artichoke), low shrubs and small to medium-sized pines.
It amazed me to learn the steps necessary in this project to keep the Karner Blue here by creating and maintaining a habitat for it, along with capturing them, releasing their eggs, and even marking their wings to see which ones return.
The only time to see them in flight is from the end of May through June.

This was interesting finding out the “Karner Blue Butterfly” (Lycaeides Melissasamuelis) is on the endangered species list. The restoration for tis species is taking place right here in Concord. The objective is to increase its population to over 3,000. They are accomplishing this by clearing out and burning certain plots of land. Then they are planting more of the Pine Barrens along with Wild Lupines. After collecting the eggs they gather them into certain Huts. The outcome is then monitored by the N.H. Fish and Game. Their wing span is a little over 1″ in length. This usually takes place in early to mid April. They only eat the leaves of the wild lupine. The whole objective is create more habitat for self sustaining these butterflies for future reproduction.

This is an excellent site for those gardeners to see and hear about the Karner Blue Butterflies.
I especially enjoyed the scenery!!!

I’ve been by that area and never realized what it was. I always thought this butterfly was a bright blue so I have learned something. I wonder why they don’t congregate in Sugar Hill where there are so many Lupine. Must be the altitude and cold?
Bless those people dedicated to saving them.

I enjoyed this virtual tour. I was not aware of this type of butterfly, so learned something new. I found the video interesting on what is done to create the right habitat for these butterflies. Was very surprised to see the butterflies are numbered, they are pretty small, wow! Video contained a nice amount of different pieces of what makes up this restoration.

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YANKEE MAGAZINE – WEEKENDS WITH YANKEEMarch 24 edition (also scattered episodes into other editions)

Our friends at Yankee Magazine have opened their Paywall (subscription only viewing) and invite you to watch all their episodes for free. There are currently 3 seasons. We’ve picked out a few more recent episodes.  www.WeekendsWithYankee.com

Episode 303: New England Celebrities includes a nice segment on Mount Monadnock at 11 minutes, 53 seconds.

Episode 304: The Arts includes a tour of Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough at 16 minutes, 10 seconds.

Episode 306: Land and Sea has a yummy segment on General Stores in NH. The Harrisville General Store cooks up some locally sourced shepherd’s pie! Probably shouldn’t have done my research at lunchtime. 🙂 Other general stores include Moulton’s Market in Amherst cooking up home-made piled-high chicken pot pie and ten varieties of soup daily. Newfield General Store and their local products and freshly baked breads. 15 minutes, 56 seconds


episode 301 Northern Outdoors- WW rafting from West Forks Me really interesting with 3 miles of WW – Big Mama -as Suzie and Richard transverse the Kenneback river. Raised in CT I used to watch the east coast qualifying on the Farmington River in the spring. The Farmington River is extremely calm most of the year but really White Water in the spring.
Puffin- didn’t realize they were gone from Maine in 1887 due to hunting for their feathers; Steven did outstanding job of reestablishing them since 1973 Nesting in Gulf of Maine only place in US to see them.
Bun Lai and Miya restaurant very interesting gathering weeds for Susi

Episode 302 Mayfair Farms Sustainable farming outstanding. Portsmouth Isle Shoals 9 islands 5 Maine and 4 NH did not know that; Star Island Old Chapel very impressive.
Weston Ct Marina Marchese bees episode very interesting since I use honey daily in coffee. Did not know Queen 3-5 yr life and worker 6wks.

How great that Yankee Magazine is letting the public watch these! Saint Gaudens National Historic Site is my go-to field trip for family and friends from out-of-State. I always recommend it to State House visitors who say they have a National Parks Passport. The segment on General stores and Harrisville has put that on my bucket list for post-virus travel. The segment on Mt Monadnock brought back memories of my days as a camp director when I went rappelling on Mt Monadnock. It did not cure my fear of heights!

1. Mt. Monadnock: I never knew it was the only tall mountain in the southern part of the State at 3200 feet.
2. St. Gaudens: The Civil War Monuments are truly impressive at this National Historic Site and the only national park in NH!
3. The MacDowal Colony: This was something that I had never heard of before…an exclusive artist retreat here in Peterboro. What a perfect site for those artists wishing solitude to free their mind for their project and get a great hand packed lunch delivered in a wicker basket daily.
4. General Stores in NH had me getting hunger pangs!! From the Shepherd’s pie, pizza, dome-topped chicken pot pie and soups combined with maple syrup soda and Anadama bread, it makes you want to go on a dining tour!!

Yankee Magazine episode 303. I enjoyed this video. ai wasn’t aware of the program before. I had no idea motorcycles were made in Harrisville! I’ve been to the yarn shop before so have been there. Also wasn’t aware of Andrew Pierce’s wood turning shop. Definitely need to go there!

Yankee weekend. I Specially focused on general stores in New Hampshire. Didn’t know they had so much to offer. Would encourage tourists to use them to have an up close and personal visit to NH

I was amazed at what St Gaudens New Hampshire’s only Historic Park has to offer. With its 32 studios on 400 acres it is a Colony for artists. then in Jaffrey we have the beautiful MT Monadnock at 3,200 Ft where you can see Boston and all the way to Mt Washington. For over 120 years people have been coming year round to climb this majestic wonder (130,000 Visitors yearly). I was surprised to hear Mark Twain would camp there. The Virtual Tour of Weekends with Yankee was also informative about Harrisville and its icon the New England Country Store. How they use there ingenuity to keep their customers coming back. They accomplish this buy using fresh local goods and baked breads. Not only in Harrisville but throughout the towns of New Hampshire.

Weekends with Yankee, Episode 303, 304, 306: Mt. Manadnock at 3,200 feet is the highest stand alone peak in New Hampshire. It offers a variety of hiking trails at several levels of difficulty. If you like opportunities to be outdoors and visit wonderful woodlands make a time to stop and explore Mt. Manadnock. On a clear day you can see 6 New England State, Visit Mt. Manadnock!
The nearby town of Petersboro is also an interesting place to visit. The town is well known for its artists. Episode 304) There is also an artist Colony started by Marian MacDowell, a pianist, in honor and memory of her husband. Well known composers like Aaron Copeland and Leonard Bernstein, and playwriters like Thorton Wilder have stayed there. The colony is only open to the public 1 day a year in the fall. Harrisville, NH is an old Mill town that has a well known General store (Episode 306) offering wonderful food (Sherpard Pie is a favorite) as well as material goods. Also in Harrisville in an old Mill complex is Ducate motorcyle designer who custom designs motorcycles for wealthy people.
Episode 304 provides an opportunity to see sculptures from one of America’s greatest sculptors at St. Gaudens National Historic Site. One of his most famous sculptors is of the Standing Lincoln.
Episode 306 has an interesting section on New Hampshire General Stores. It mentions the Harrisville General Store offering great food and homemade products, founded in 1837. Another general store mentioned is Moulton’s Market in Amherst, NH. The store offers 10 different soups daily plus “Piled high” chicken pot pie. Newfield General Store is the last one mentioned. It is known for it’s fresh baked bread.

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PETERBOROUGH March 23 edition (see also Cathedral of the Pines, East Hill Farm, Yankee)

Explore PeterboroughMonadnock Center for History and Culture

** Explore Our TownClick for an interactive journey through Peterborough!

The Wheeler LoopClick for a video tour of a popular trail!

Shieling Forest IIClick for a video tour of a town forest!
Town of PeterboroughClick to watch more quick (less than a minute each) videos from around the beautiful town of Peterborough

** Peterborough Chamber – Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, NH

About the Monadnock Region in the Granite State – Jack Daniels Inn (owned by GSAs) has a collection of video tours of their property.


Peterborough is a quaint town with numerous historical homes, activities for all including a lantern fair! The community includes the Firefly Theater for folks who love theater and art. There are with a few newer businesses such as the cheese factory which makes products totally from plants. There are walking trails, and gardens to explore. The Cranberry Meadow farm is opening inJuly as an Inn where guests can appreciate the surrounding beauty of this delightful town.

After taking the Virtual Tour of Peterborough NH, I was amazed at the beauty of the Town and the country side of the Monadnock Region. All the nature trails Like Wheeler Loop, Shielding Forest II trails. The beautiful Bocelli Gardens and its steeped tradition it plays in the Arts world. How it is closely related to the tradition of New England Style Candlepin Bowling. I enjoyed the Virtual Tour of Peterborough NH immensely.

Our Town Peterborough. Interesting to see the play contrasted with the actual town.

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PORTSMOUTH March 20 edition (see also Strawbery Banke)

The Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth has a wonderful page, the Port City Podcast, with video interview episodes from Portsmouth area businesses. Loved listening to one of my favorite snacks, Port City Pretzels. https://portsmouthchamber.org/port-city-podcast
More on their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjJmBw9h7eQgCTo-p4mlGlg

Visit the Chamber’s visitor site https://www.goportsmouthnh.com/ too!

Yankee Magazine presents
Weekends with Yankee: Explore Portsmouth, NH, the Jewel of the Seacoast Region

Weekends with Yankee: Isles of Shoals

Welcoming Video of Portsmouth by the City of Portsmouth (2017)

Portsmouth NH, a sightseeing day – USA Travel Inspirations (2019)

Strawbery Bank House Tour


This tour of Portsmouth was so interesting that I kept adding more You Tube segments to it. I visited the 4 NH Isles of Shoals and learned so much about them. Also visited the theater, the seacoast museum and learned about The People’s Pretzel as well as the fact that Portsmouth was called the Colonial Capitol way back when. Fascinating!!

The amazing variety of topics covered. Well suited for the interest of youngsters.

I did not realize the history and beauty of Portsmouth until I watched the virtual tour of Strawberry Bank. All the history of nature and the wealth of the forests that were here for the early settlers. How they utilized the location of the river and its usefulness to their advantage.This was a great video of the beginning of Portsmouth.

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NH STATE HOUSE March 19 edition

Check out a tour of our beloved NH State House!  Perfect if you’re missing volunteering there, or if you need a refresher on what the inside looks like!

New Hampshire State House Virtual Tour

Restoration, New Hampshire State House – by the bicentennial committee NHPBS (57 minutes)

Sash & Solder – NH State House Stain Glass Restoration

Take the State House Visitor Center’s NH State Trivia Challenge


The NH Statehouse Tour with its four parts was well worth watching. I remember passing by on I 93 many times and seeing the scaffolding but never realizing the full extent of it. I really enjoyed the Sash & Solder learning how that beautiful window was made and needed to be repaired. The dome work was incredible .. so many talented people needed for that repair. How beautiful the eagle and dome looked when finished. No wonder it took so long and at such a cost though well worth it. Our State should be proud of that and that it houses the oldest lawmaking rooms!

The virtual tour took me in and out, up and around. The hall of flags was as special on this tour as when seen in person. Even the Trivia Challenge was ideal; I did very well. Thank you for this.

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Online Exhibit: In the Far Pasture – 300 Years of Agriculture in Cheshire County, NH


The nature of farming in Cheshire County has changed immeasurably over the past three centuries. The transition from 18th century subsistence farms to organic farming and specialization in the 21st century is a fascinating story of hard work, geography, technology, and economics. Native Americans farmed the land here for generations before the first European settlers arrived in the 1730s. These settlers came specifically to farm the land to support their families. They cleared land all across the region, developed successful farms, and then adapted to changing conditions to survive on those farmsteads for several generations. From the subsistence farms of the 18th century, farmers eventually specialized in sheep, poultry, tobacco, dairy, organic farming, and a variety of other agricultural undertakings as the generations passed.
Find our more about the Historical Society of Cheshire County – https://hsccnh.org/


Online Exhibit: In the Far Pasture – 300 Years of Agriculture in Cheshire County, NH

It was interesting to learn how maple sugaring got started and how its production has changed over the years, seeing that it is still big business in NH today.

In the Far pasture – 300 Years of Agriculture in Cheshire County NH. NH Farmers rank 5th in the country for direct sales to retail… it’s a dying business, I hope we’re stay strong!

In the Far Pasture: 300 years of Agriculture in Cheshire County. Since I work at the Historical Society, I can say a lot of good things here. From this exhibit, I learned specifically about the role of the whole family in farming and I learned much about the local farming scene today. I also learned, in person, just how heavy a plow is–we had to move it a number of times.

What I would pass on to a guest is that there is always something unexpected to discover about our local history. Investigate and get excited

The “In the Far Pasture” tour by the Historical Society of Cheshire County presented a wonderful educational tour. I really enjoyed going back in time to learn about so many different aspects of farm life through the years. The growth of farms and farm products, the knowledge and skills that enabled folks to develop needed tools, and the feeling of community and helping hands speak volumes to their continued success despite all odds.
Things like the ‘red ear of corn’ and ‘cow-turd frolics’ added a sense of their playfulness despite such hard all day labors. Bringing us to the present with agritourism, maple syrup production and the definition of ‘local’ at 400 miles also added to this wonderful tour. Thank you!

I was amazed at all the farming trends that started back in the 17th and 18th centuries . Some of the technology that is still in use today. How the use of AGRITOURISM is used today. The history and trends as they would come and go throughout the history of Cheshire County. In The Far Pasture was a very enlightening article steeped in the traditions of Farming as we know it today.

Cheshire Historical Museum’s exhibit of farming history was very interesting. The changes over time were fascinating most of which I did not know. I will recommend visitors consider a farm to table experience.

I found it interesting to learn of the progression of agriculture throughout the history of Cheshire County. From subsistence farming to sheep herding to dairy to the maple sugaring industry. The one fun fact I particularly enjoyed is that with farm gatherings like barn raising, etc. which were as much social gatherings, if a young man found an ear of red corn he had earned the right to kiss a girl before dinner!

I didn’t know anything about the Cheshire County Museum so the virtual tour was a very good introduction. A couple of my ancestors settled for a while there before continuing north to Lempster and later Newport. The timeline of agricultural industries shows the ingenuity of the Cheshire County farmers!

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STRAWBERY BANKEMarch 17 edition (see also Portsmouth)

Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history in the same waterfront neighborhood to life. The Museum is a place for children, adults, multigenerational families and groups to gather to explore eight heritage gardens, 32 historic buildings, and traditional crafts, preservation programs, hands-on activities, the stories told by costumed role-players and the changing exhibits that offer hours of fun and discovery. The Museum’s restored buildings and open space invite visitors to immerse themselves in the past, using objects from the museum’s collection of 30,000 artifacts, and the histories of the families who lived and worked in the Puddle Dock neighborhood to engage, educate and entertain.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF STRAWBERY BANKE: https://sbm.oncell.com/en/sites-30679.html

To learn more about Strawbery Banke visit their website http://www.strawberybanke.org/


Strawberry Banke is one of the many gems in New Hampshire. Thank goodness for the dedicated staff that enable us to experience the history and relevance to our daily lives. I learned that there are families that still live in the area that originated there.

I have been to Strawbery Banke a few times but this was a more informative tour.
I was impressed with the differrent gardens and trees on the property and how they were planted.

I have heard about Strawbery Bank but not really considering going to Portsmouth, going there was low on my list of things to do. It has now risen to the top thanks to these videos. The only disappointment was that I had to view the videos in full screen and they were extremely fuzzy. Listening made it all worthwhile. What did I learn – too much to mention, but was enticed by hearing about all the different gardens, we used to visit Longwood Gardens in PA, now we’ll visit Strawbery Bank, not just for the gardens but for the history and hopefully to catch some of the presentations by food historians. And I’m thinking of growing strawberries. I was at the American Heritage Museum earlier this fall and I got to see black walnut trees, the pods were on the ground and I took some home, now have some black walnuts as souvenirs so hearing about them was a great tie-in. What was also very appreciated was how the videos tied the 17th century to the 21st century.

The Puddle Dock virtual tour was very interesting. I actually watched it twice to fully grasp what it was saying because , at first, I thought how sad to destroy the inlet. The transformation, over time, was relative to the needs of the times. It has now become a clean, natural, and beautiful part of Portsmouth while maintaining the beauty of the area as well as offering the rich heritage to be learned at Strawberry Bank.

Reviewed the “Strawberry Bank” tour. Learned more about gardening and what i may concentrate on this summer. More of the things I really like and just not try to have a little of everything. Definitely a must see place for me this year.

What an interesting virtual tour this is! I learned quite a bit about Portsmouth’s History and the live, the early settlers had. I added some new words to my vocabulary and can now add the question “do you know what a Gundalow is” to my repertoir, when talking to guests! The beautifully mixed in background sounds transported me right back to the time – or place – the individual videos talked about and I thought the individual voices were clear and easy to understand! The virtual tour is already very nicely done and informative. Maybe a side -by-side comparison in one photo of certain views would be nice.

I was impressed by the tour which was heavy on Gardens and Trees and outdoors (I did wonder why nothing of the architecture/homes?). I loved learning the history of Prescott Park and the Prescott Ladies effort to “clean up” that waterfront area. This tour would encourage me to send people that direction during planting/blooming seasons…but I know there’s lot’s of good stuff there in the winter, too!

This was an interesting learning tour. I learned several things – like how important all the gardens and trees are to the history of Strawberry Banke. I also learned why this area is indeed names Strawberry Banke – the numerous strawberries growing wild along the river banks. It was also interesting to learn of the progression from a seafaring area to an area occupied by immigrants and how it was filled in over time. If possible some captioning might be added.

This morning I viewed all the sections of the Strawberry Bank Tour. It’s a place I have always wanted to tour but never did; now I certainly will. the video segments were very interesting exposing me to the importance lumbering our pines and the significance of creating a shipping port. Previously I thought Strawberry Bank was all about the old homes and gardens. The virtual tour provided the information I would need when curious visitors come my way.

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