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Explore Antique Alley
Between Concord and Portsmouth there is a road known as Rte. 4 / Antique Alley. It is touted as the oldest antiqueing route in New Hampshire with more than 500 dealers in 20 miles of shops.We started on the west end of the shopswith Coveway Antiques where I found an antique calibrator from Brown & Sharpe, where my son in law works. I'll clean it up and include it with his Christmas gifts.We moved on to Parker-French Antique Center and beyond... poking, wandering, learning, and looking back in time. You can find everything imagineable in these shops... from architectural elements, to clothing, kitchen ware, art, furniture, pottery, antique coins, military guns & medals, and a zillion other things.
NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE VETERANS CEMETERY
This definately isn't a tourist attraction by any means, but I have to admit that this cemetery is particulary close to my heart due to the fact that we recently place my Uncle Paul to rest here. There is a walking path located near the administration building that has marker points of interest. I know I'll be coming back to visit my Uncle's grave, but I also highly reccommend others coming here just to simply pay respects to those who served in the US military.
MOUNT WASHINGTON - A TRULY PRESIDENTIAL PEAK
Apex of the Appalachian Range, Mt Washington is the crowning peak of the White Mountains at 6288 feet. Atop the peak, an array of attenae and a large weather station/cogtrain station/visitor center/museum/parking lot sits. You can drive the toll road from the east, you can take the slow chugging train up the western slopes or you can walk up the mountain from almost any direction on a array of paths. A big reputation for being the center for bad weather in the universe, the highest recorded wind gust was attained here on 12 April 1934 - 231 miles per hour. I am not going to say Mt Washington is not deserving of its reputation, though I can think of many similar mountain tops I would rather shy away from in bad weather. The problem with Mt Washington is that so many people wander up its trails regardless of the weather. Not smart. On the trails, I ran across a fellow who bragged he had...
MT WASHINGTON SUMMIT
Drive up, take the train or hike up to the highest point in the northeastern part of the US - 6288 feet. The first recored ascent was in 1642. Atop the peak, there is a visitor center with rest rooms, food service, a souvenir shop, a post office, a museum, a radio transmitte and powerhouse and the cogtrain station.
The New Hampshire State House
The New Hampshire State House was completed in 1819, just 11 years after Concord had officially been designated the state capital for its central location. Designed by Stuart Park, the Greek Revival state capitol building was constructed of local granite, quarried at the Swenson Quarries, located just north of Concord. The granite blocks were cut and shaped by prisoners from the nearby New Hampshire State Prison.The building houses the New Hampshire General Court (the state legislative body, not a court of law), the Senate Chamber, the House Chamber, the Executive Council, and the offices of the governor. The Hall of Flags contains 107 flags of New Hampshire regiments that fought in the American Civil War, the Spanish-American War, the First World War, the Second World War, and the Vietnam War.The statehouse was remodeled in 1866, when the mansard roof, enlarged dome, and granite portico...
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
The McAuliffe-Shephard Discovery Center was built by the state to honor New Hampshire natives Christa McAuliffe (the first American teacher in space, and one of the people who died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986), and Alan Shepard (the first American in space). Visitors can participate in the interactive exhibits, learn about the constellations and stars in the Planetarium Theater, and peek at the galaxy and sun through the rooftop Observatory.The museum's interactive exhibits teach people of all ages about astronomy, aviation, and Earth and space sciences. Other exhibits include a full-scale replica of the Mercury-Redstone rocket that took Alan Shepard into space, a full-scale replica of the Mercury capsule that brought Alan Shepard back from space, and a large-scale model of a space shuttle.The 103-seat Planetarium Theater offers shows for the general public and...
The Museum of New Hampshire History
The Museum of New Hampshire History chronicles over four centuries of the state's history, with exhibits about New Hampshire's landscape, people, and traditions. The museum contains exhibit galleries; a library with an extensive collection of books, documents, and archives; and a gift shop where visitors can purchase books and gifts relating to New Hampshire.The Museum of New Hampshire History features permanent exhibits that include the Concord Coach, the stagecoach that played a big part in the opening of the American West; nineteenth-century White Mountain paintings; and rare examples of New Hampshire-made furniture. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits and educational programs.The museum was established by the New Hamshire Historical Society, an organization that has been active in collecting and preserving artifacts relating to the history of New Hampshire since 1823.
There is a well-maintained trail from the parking area to the lookout point where the Old Man of the Mountain could be viewed before it collapsed. The trail continues to Profile Lake, visible in the distance. Its name comes from the fact that the profile of the Old Man of the Mountain could be seen from the lake and its surrounding area. Since it is just under the mountain where the Old Man of the Mountain used to be, it is also called the Old Man's Wash Basin.The lake forms the headwaters of the Pemigawasset River, which is a popular place in New Hampshire for white-water rafting. In addition, the cold waters of 13-acre (five-hectare) Profile Lake are full of brook trout, but fly fishing is the only type of fishing allowed in the lake.During the nineteenth century, the lake was the scene of concerts and other events attended by members of New England society as they summered in the...
The White Mountains
The White Mountains are one of the prime vacation destinations on the East Coast due to their proximity to Boston and New York City. The White Mountains cover about one-fourth of the land area of New Hampshire, and most of that area is public land, including White Mountain National Forest and several state parks. There are numerous natural sights to see, such as the Old Man of the Mountain (which collapsed in 2003 but still remains the symbol of New Hampshire), Franconia Notch, Mount Washington, and dense forests, waterfalls, and lakes. There are also roadside attractions, such as the famous Clark's Trading Post, the Cog Railroad which takes visitors to the top of Mount Washington, and tourist shops in the small towns. The area also has many excellent ski resorts, which make the White Mountains a draw in the winter.The highest of the White Mountains, as well as the tallest mountain in...
The Old Man of the Mountain
It is difficult to see in this picture, even when enlarged, but this is the Old Man of the Mountain, the iconic symbol of New Hampshire. The rocky profile is featured on the state's license plates and the new commemorative New Hampshire State Quarter. The Old Man of the Mountain was formed from a set of five granite ledges that looked like the profile of a man (some say Thomas Jefferson), and which protruded from just below the summit of Cannon Mountain 1,200 feet (366 meters) above Profile Lake. Note: Over the years, extensive rehabilitation work had been done on the face to prevent slippage and cracks caused by erosion. Tragically, all of the work has been in vain; in May 2003, the Old Man of the Mountain collapsed into rubble.
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