Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site consists of 150 acres including the home, gardens and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), one of America's foremost sculptors. This was his summer residence from 1885-1897, and his permanent home from 1900 until his death in 1907. There are two hiking trails that explore the park's natural areas.
Operating Hours, Seasons:
Memorial Day weekend through October 31: Buildings and exhibits open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. November 1 through late May: grounds open daily 8 a.m. until dark.
Fees, Costs, Rates:
Admission to the site is $4 per person for those age 17 and older. Those age 16 and under are admitted free.
There are designated parking spaces for disabled persons and separate male/female accessible restrooms. Most of the buildings are readily accessible via level access, or by ramp. Exceptions include the historic home, "Aspet," the "Picture Gallery," the "Ravine Studio," and the "formal gardens."
Advance reservations are required for school groups and other organized groups requesting a guided tour. National Park Service Special Use Permits required for unscheduled and commercial activities.
The site contains six buildings that are open to the public: three exhibition galleries with Saint-Gaudens' artwork, a studio for a sculptor-in-residence interpretive program, a stable building with antique carriages, and "Aspet," the 18th century furnished historic house of Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Two hiking trails, the Ravine Trail, which is approximately 25 miles, and the Blow-Me-Down Trail, approximately 2.5 miles.
An excellent orientation to the site is the video presentation "Augustus Saint-Gaudens: An American Original" (28 minutes). Scheduled tours of Saint-Gaudens' home, "Aspet," are conducted throughout the day. Tour size is limited and individuals must sign up for house tours at the entrance kiosk. Walking tours of the site are conducted most afternoons and last approximately one hour. A self-paced audio tour is also available for rental.
Lodging and Camping Facilities:
None in park. A variety of hotels, motels, and campgrounds are available in and around the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee and Upper Connecticut River Valley areas.
Local restaurants, grocery stores.
Climate, Recommended Clothing:
Temperatures range from 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, and -10 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. Sturdy footwear should be worn on the hiking trails.
Recommended Activities/Park Use:
Visitation to the "Little Studio," "Ravine Studio," "New Gallery," "Aspet," "Adams," "Shaw Memorials," "Farragut Pavilion," and special scheduled events.
Special Events, Programs:
There is a summer concert series in July and August on Sunday afternoons from approximately 2 p.m. to 4 pm. and changing art/contemporary exhibitions in the Picture Gallery. This park is featured in a lesson plan created by Teaching with Historic Places, a program of the National Park Service that helps teachers and students understand how parks and other historic places embody America's historical experiences and cultural expressions.
The site is located just off New Hampshire State Route 12A in Cornish, New Hampshire. It is 2.5 miles north of the Covered Bridge at Windsor, VT. The site may be reached on U.S. Interstate 89, exit 20 (West Lebanon, NH, south on Route 12A), or from U.S. Interstate 91, exit 8 (Route 131 east, left onto Route 12A north).
To Park: access by Interstate Highways (I-89, I-91), and various state roads. The area is locally serviced by Lebanon Municipal Airport, Lebanon, NH.
RR 3, Box 73
Cornish, NH 03745,
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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