Weeks State Park, Whitefield

John Wingate Weeks Historic Site's Mt. Prospect estate was built at the direction of John Wingate Weeks, leading conservationist, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, and Secretary of War under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. The 420-acre Mt. Prospect estate was given to the state of New Hampshire in 1941 by John Weeks' children, Katherine Weeks Davidge and Sinclair Weeks. Set at the very top of Mt. Prospect in Lancaster, New Hampshire, the house and grounds provide a 360-degree panorama of mountain splendor, including the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy Peaks, and the upper Connecticut River Valley. Enjoy a historic Tower and the Lodge.
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  • This is a beautiful family hike, a hike for one's health, or for spectacular views in every direction. Just 1.5 miles one way from the new lot at the bottom of this magnificent state park. Take the ki...  more »
  • Nice state park with a very cool fire tower. Check out the brass plaque showing all the mountains in your view. It looks like a sundial.  more »
  • This place has some of the most beautiful views we've ever seen. Free to get into and worth a stop. The view from the top of the (actively used when there is an elevated forest fire risk) fire tower is breathtaking. The Weeks house is really neat with a lot of history. There's a guided tour that you can pay to take of the Weeks house that I recommend. I'm not a history need but I really did enjoy this one and to see the upstairs of the house is worth every penny. Past presidents like Harding, Coolidge and even Teddy Roosevelt have been there. There's a giant mounted moose head that T.R. shot himself. Beautiful place. Neat history. Worth the stop for sure.
  • Just happened to be driving and kind of just stumbled on this place. It's a hidden gem of NH. You take a winding narrow road to the top, that's a little sketchy. But the payoff at the top is well worth the ride. I never knew too much about John Weeks. But his story is interesting. He was instrumental in helping to form the White Mountains National Forest and end the unregulated logging and deforestation that had been occurring. His estate was left to the state by his family and contains a mansion, carriage house, caretaker building, and water tower now used as a fire tower. You can climb the tower and get 360 degree views of the White Mountains and parts of Vermont. We happened to be there when a fire marshal was in the tower and had a nice conversation with him about the tower and related topics. You can also tour the mansion for a nominal fee of five dollars. It was a very good tour and the guide was very knowledgeable. The house isn't super elaborate inside. It's kind of arts and crafts style. But the great room has the lodge look with large panoramic windows. Everyone that worked there was very nice and it was all very fascinating. The guide said that they don't get a whole lot of visitors. That's a shame because it's a beautiful spot. You could even spend a day, because there are numerous hiking trails. I know l will definitely return again the next time l'm in the White Mountains.

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