Weeks State Park, Whitefield

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The Weeks Estate is a historic country estate on U.S. Route 3 in Lancaster, New Hampshire. Built in 1912 for John Wingate Weeks, atop Prospect Mountain overlooking the Connecticut River, it is one of the state's best preserved early 20th-century country estates. It was given to the state by Weeks' children, and is now Weeks State Park. It features hiking trails, expansive views of the countryside from the stone observation tower, and a small museum in the main estate house. A small portion of property at the mountain summit was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
The former Weeks Estate occupies a 420acre parcel south of Lancaster's town center, on the east side of Route 3. It consists of the entirety of Prospect Mountain, a low peak that at above sea level is the highest on a short ridge running east from the Connecticut River. Most of the park consists of woods, with cleared scenic pullouts on Route 3, and the intermittently operated Mount Pleasant Ski Tow, a small ski area on the western slope of the mountain. A narrow auto road, about 2mi in length, provides access from Route 3 to the summit area, where the estate buildings are located. There are parking pullouts at several points along the auto road, from which there are views of the Connecticut River and the White Mountains.
The estate complex at the summit of Prospect Mountain includes the main house, a carriage house, a stone tower, and servants' quarters. The main house is a two-story frame structure, finished in stucco in an eclectic combination of the Tudor and Spanish Mediterranean Revivals. It is covered by a clipped gable roof of red tile, and has half-timbering in the English country style. This styling is continued in the carriage house and servants' quarters, although their roofs are asphalt shingle. The circular stone tower, originally fitted with a central water storage tank, is open to the public, and provides expansive 360° views of the countryside. The main house has a museum with displays on the history of the Weeks family and the involvement of Weeks in the early 20th-century conservation movement. See Weeks State Park and all Whitefield has to offer by arranging your trip with our Whitefield day trip website.
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  • Stopped here on a drive to Mount Washington. No cost to enter (costs to take house tour). You can go up tower to get a good view of surrounding area. Did Nature Trail. It is a small trail with some.....  more
    Stopped here on a drive to Mount Washington. No cost to enter (costs to take house tour). You can go up tower to get a good view of surrounding area. Did Nature Trail. It is a small trail with some.....  more »
  • If you find yourself in the Whitefield/Lancaster area of Northern New Hampshire, and are looking for a nice scenic nature walk to stretch your legs, i highly recommend that you consider the Weeks... 
    If you find yourself in the Whitefield/Lancaster area of Northern New Hampshire, and are looking for a nice scenic nature walk to stretch your legs, i highly recommend that you consider the Weeks...  more »
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  • A must stop place for any foliage trip!!! The views are amazing. The tour is worth taking.
  • My husband and I had a great time on the "first day" hike put on by the NH State Parks! It's an easy hike up to the top followed by a nice walk down. Halfway up is a viewing area.

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