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Lake Winnipesaukee New Hampshire History Lesson

Lake WinnipesaukeeWhen you come to spend some time with us at Inn on Golden Pond, you’ll get to experience the incredible history of the area. Our Inn is located near the largest lake in New Hampshire, Lake Winnipesaukee. Take a day trip and have a picnic while basking in the sun on lake. Let us give you a brief history of Lake Winnipesaukee New Hampshire and you’ll see why our home is so special.


Lake Winnipesaukee covers 72 square miles of land with a maximum depth of 180 feet. Scattered throughout the lake are at least 253 islands, half of which are less than a quarter-acre in size. The Lake is 504 feet above sea level and several islands on the lake are within the Town’s boundaries. Lake Winnipesaukee is well known for its annual Ice-Out Contest. People try to guess the date that the Mount Washington, a large paddle steamer that carries tourists around the lake, can safely leave her port at Center Harbor. Records on when the ice-out will happen have been kept since 1851. It can happen as early as March 24 to as late as May 12.


In 1614 the Winnipesaukee tribe consisted of more than four hundred people with villages and campsites at Alton Bay and other areas around the lake. The name, Winnipesaukee, is a Native American and means either “smile of the Great Spirit” or “beautiful water is a high place.” The tribe’s village, previous to the settlement of central New Hampshire, was near the junction of the Winnipesaukee and Pemigewasset Rivers. The Winnipesaukee Indians would fish at a village called Acquadocton. Today, the site is called The Weirs and was named for the weirs colonists who discovered it when exploring the region. Lake Winnipesaukee had numerous spelling issues, but in 1937 the NH General Court legalized the spelling as Winnipesaukee.


A tourist destination for more than a century, Lake Winnipesaukee New Hampshire is a prime summertime spot, especially for those seeking relief from the summer heat. The lake is beautiful and clear; visitors can see the bottom of it, even in the deeper parts! Lake Winnipesaukee has it all. Fishing, paddle boating, wildlife, shopping, history and more! Enjoy the view of the lake while having a picnic or take a ride on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad.  There are several routes to choose from.


Visit a few of the historical locations of New Hampshire Winnipesaukee Lake. One is Alton, which was established by the early settlers in the 1770’s. Alton is a lovely community located at the southern tip of Lake Winnipesaukee and has year round actives. Alton is one of the four ports that Mount Washington paddle steamer stops at.


Since you’ve learned a bit about Lake Winnipesaukee New Hampshire, now is the perfect time to book your stay at the Inn On Golden Pond. All of our comfy guest rooms are decorated with country charm while still having modern conveniences. Each room has a sitting area with two plush chairs, perfect for curling up with a book or enjoying the natural beauty surrounding the inn. Guests of the Inn On Golden Pond enjoy a scrumptious breakfast each morning before heading out to a fun day on the lake. Our New Hampshire bed and breakfast will make your trip truly memorable.


Photo courtesy Mark Crawley via Wikimedia Commons.