National Parks in New Hampshire

There is only one National Park Service Site in New Hampshire: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park. This national park is a beautiful part of the natural and unique cultural history of New Hampshire and is an important part of planning any trip to this state. It’s also easy to visit this national park as a part of an east coast road trip of the entire United States.

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Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park

As the only unit of National Park Service Sites in New Hampshire, the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is a 370-acre property in Cornish, New Hampshire. Out of the 370 acres of land area, 175 acres of this is federally owned land. The historic site encompasses and preserves the home, gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. He is the foremost sculptor in America. The property that is preserved within this national historic site was his home during the summer in the late 19th century. It also served as his home until his death in 1907.

The main house was built in 1817 and it comes with its own garden and studio where he spent his time producing some of his best works. Today, the site also serves as the center for the Cornish Art Colony. The park that surrounds the main house offers two hiking trails—for those who want to explore the natural areas around the home. There is also an on-site exhibit wherein Saint-Gaudens’ original sculptures are on display. There are also reproductions of his masterpieces on display.

You are able to visit this New Hampshire national historic park throughout the year, although you’ll have the best experience from late May through October, when all of the facilities are open. In the winter, the Visitor’s Center is open for just a few hours each day—still long enough for visitors to enjoy the 18 minute introductory film to the sculptor’s life if you’re in the area and would like to visit.

View all the National Park Service Sites in neighboring states: National Parks in Maine, National Parks in Massachusetts, National Parks in Vermont

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