The Oldest Unaltered Textile Mill In The US!
From the state's description - "Constructed in 1832, the Belknap Mill is the oldest unaltered brick textile mill in the U.S. Once a hosiery mill, it houses an intact hydraulic power plant and a bell cast by George Holbrook, apprentice to Paul Revere. The Busiel Mill, built in 1853 as a hosiery mill, was later used for the manufacture of clocks, electronic relays, and organs."
The mill now houses a working museum and I love going there. You can feel the atmosphere and marvel at the thick wooden beams, huge leather belts from the hydro-power equipment, and even get mill-made a stocking sometime around Christmas. They frequently have special events, such as art displays, sales, and even a 'ring in the New Year' event. There is a rotunda outside where bands play during the summer. A pleasant way to spend an hour or two.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Visit A Beautiful Public Library
Laconia public library was finished in 1903 in the Romanesque style of architecture. This style emphasizes weight and mass through rock-faced masonry, heavy arches, and broad roofs. The beautiful building looks like some kind of gothic manor or castle. The interior contains hardwood floors and rails, beautiful decor and paintings, and a museum on local history with native American Indian artifacts. There is also internet access. The selection of books, videos and CDs is quite good.
- Museum Visits
- Arts and Culture
Ahern State Park
A scenic stop hidden right within the city limits of Laconia.
This state park brings you down to the waters of Lake Winnisqaum.
Make sure to enjoy the woods for there are plenty of paths within.
This state park is completely free, though the gates close daily at 6pm.
It is located right off of Parade Road on the same side of the street and right near the New Hampshire Technical Institution and Correctional Facility.
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park