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Sugar Hill Historical Museum

Contact: Winnie Harwood

Address: PO Box 591, Sugar Hill NH 03586

Phone: 823-8431

Fax: 823-8431

Email: harwrw@aol.com

Website: www.franconianotch.org

Hours: June 15 - October 15: Thursday, Friday 1-4pm; Saturday 10am-4pm

History: The Museum originated as a Bicentennial project. Community interest and volunteer help created the present building, which was originally a one-room schoolhouse from the nearby village of Easton. It was moved and converted to a fire station in 1949, reconverted in 1976 into the present Museum. We offer a glimpse into the history and culture of this mountain community through changing exhibits. The Carriage Barn houses authentic horse-drawn vehicles, tools and blacksmith shop. The Sleigh Shed houses several sleighs, one of which belonged to Actress Betty Davis. Sugar Hill’s first fire engine also finds a home here. The genealogical library is a valuable resource for those researching family histories of Sugar Hill and surrounding towns. Early settlers on Sugar Hill blazed a trail through the wilderness of northern New Hampshire, sometimes using the frozen Connecticut River to bring their ox-drawn wagons northward. These hardy men and women survived the extremes of weather to clear land, establish farms and build a small community on the hill overlooking Mt. Lafayette and Franconia Notch. Sugar Hill was to become a summer tourist mecca in the mid-1800’s, as the new Railroads brought visitors from distant East Coast cities. Grand hotels dotted the landscape, bringing a new life style to this quiet village. However, with the invention of the automobile village life changed again. The first ski school in America was started at Peckett’s-on-Sugar Hill. The Grand Hotels disappeared, more visitors came and stayed, building permanent homes. Sugar Hill is still a small, picturesque town with friendly folk who just love the hills like the early pioneers. For a brief history of Sugar Hill, order a copy of “A Glimpse of the Past”. $6.50

Cultural Statement: We are an educational resource for the public through the collection, research, study and exhibition of artifacts that illustrate our local history.

Activities: Genealogical Library. Sugar Hill Artisans Guild meets 1st and 3rd Saturday each month at the Caroline Crapo Memorial Building next to the museum. Winter class in traditional crafts.

Added: 2006-01-05

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