Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

The type of small yet historically or culturally significant National Park site that is in almost every state.  This being the only NPS site in New Hampshire with the exception of the Appalachian Trail it gets a little more attention locally than it might otherwise.  The park celebrates the life of Augustus Saint-Gaudens a renowned american sculptor if the 19th century.  The site preserves his home and has copies of some of his most important works. 

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My favorite is the relief of Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Infantry. The original is on Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts.  Also of note is the Adams Memorial

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There is a rotating art exhibition in a building behind the visitor center.  The grounds adjacent to the visitor center have sculpture and gardens that make a pleasant stroll.

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New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos

  You can buy tickets for a tour of the sculptor’s home in the visitor center.

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  There is a sculptor in residence and a nice grassy area bordered by a steep ravine.  My favorite activity is during the summer on Sunday afternoons there is a concert series.

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  Pack a picnic lunch and listen to the music while relaxing on the grass.

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New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos

  The music is usually classical or jazz.  A great way to spend a relaxing afternoon if you are in the area.  Put this on your leaf peeping agenda.

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