Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire

BHS Museum

“Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire”

Presented by Cristina Ashjian

In the early 20th center, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Cristina Ashjian will focus on some of the great country estates featured in the New Hampshire program between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners? Using historic images and texts, Ashjian discusses well-known estates now open to the public such as The Fells on Lake Sunapee, the Rocks in Bethlehem, and Saint Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, along with local examples when possible.

This program is supported by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities. It is free and open to the public.