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New Hampshire Lakes Region History Lesson

New Hampshire Lakes RegionGuests of our Squam Lake bed and breakfast appreciate the natural beauty of the New Hampshire Lakes Region.  The Inn On Golden Pond is just minutes away from Squam Lake, one of the many lakes in this area.  Home to America’s oldest resort town, the New Hampshire Lakes Region is full of history and interesting attractions. To get some background on the place that we’re proud to call home, read this short history lesson on the New Hampshire Lakes Region.


The New Hampshire Lakes Region is known for its many lakes and accompanying idyllic towns.  Some towns were established as early as the 1700s and Wolfeboro is the oldest resort town in America, being settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1770.  And the New Hampshire Lakes Region has made its way into popular culture, being the setting of films such as On Golden Pond and What About Bob. 


There are several ways to experience the historical side of the New Hampshire Lakes Region.  The area has many historic sites, including Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough.  Castle in the Clouds is an Arts and Crafts style mansion that was built in 1914. As well as the breathtaking house, there are many miles of hiking trails and 5,000 acres to have adventures on.  A popular point of interest is the interpretive trail that guides you through the geology, ecology and history of the region.


An ideal way to enjoy the beauty and history of the New Hampshire Lakes Region is to take a ride on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad.  There are several routes to choose from.   Or you can visit Tilton’s Arch, a remnant from the 1800s in Northfield.  The replica of a Roman Arch is 50 feet tall an 40 feet wide, impressing visitors and locals alike.


Each year there is a Winter Carnival at Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth that celebrates the history of the New Hampshire Lakes Region.  You can experience what it was like in the old days by harvesting ice from the pond with saws and oxen.  Or if you’re a history buff with a sweet tooth, you can visit Kellerhaus, the oldest candy shop in New Hampshire.  Kellerhaus offers handmade ribbon candy, fudge, chocolates and maple products.


Another good place to experience the history of the New Hampshire Lakes Region is the Polar Caves in Rumney.  The caves were formed by boulders nearly 50,000 years ago, creating natural passages and trails.  The Polar Caves site also includes a maple shack and museum, covered bridge, a sluice and mines where you can pan for gold, gems and fossils. And if geological landmarks interest you, the Madison Boulder Natural Area is a great place to view a granite boulder that stands 23 feet high and 83 feet long.  Geologists believe this rock was moved to its current location during the last ice age.


Since you’ve learned a bit more about the New Hampshire Lakes Region, now is the perfect time to book your stay at the Inn On Golden Pond. Our selection of large guest rooms are all decorated with country charm and modern conveniences.  Each room has a sitting area with two chairs, perfect for curling up with a book or looking at the natural beauty surrounding the inn. All rooms also have flat screen televisions and free WiFi.  Guests of the Inn On Golden Pond enjoy a full breakfast each morning featuring home-bake breads and muffins, homemade jam and other house specialties. Our New Hampshire bed and breakfast will make your trip to the Lakes Region truly special.


Photo courtesy Chuck Taylor.