New Hampshire is full of amazing natural beauty, but somehow, our state is not home to a national park. However, this weekend New Hampshire’s only national park property is having a grand celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System.
Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site in Cornish is New Hampshire's only National Parks Property. The sight is the former home and studio of famed 20th-century sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Saint-Guadens was a famed sculptor whose statues feature prominently all over the country, including this piece, the Sherman Monument in New York City. His work is also featured in museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Because the Cornish property served as his studio and inspiration, the historical site is dedicated to the arts. Casts of many of Saint-Gaudens' famous works dot the property, amid immaculately landscaped grounds.
Pan the Piper plays the flute for visitors walking through the gardens.
This eerie statue is hidden between hedges on the property.
The architecture and landscaping on the property are works of art in and of themselves.
The property is set near the Connecticut River. Nearby Mount Ascutney in Vermont provides a dramatic view from the home and studio.
Visitors can enjoy the view from the porch of Saint-Gauden's grand manor house.
Sit beneath the grapevines that wrap around the studio...
Or stroll along the beautifully maintained paths.
Paths that go into the surrounding woods offer visitors a taste of the New Hampshire wilderness.
This weekend, there will be a concert from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, and admission (normally $7) will be waived to celebrate the National Parks Service Centennial.
Saint-Gaudens was just one of many artists who worked in Cornish at the turn of the century. When you're done enjoying the National Historical Site, be sure to drive around the town to see beautiful examples of other turn-of-the-century architecture.
If you’re free this weekend, consider heading to this unique New Hampshire attraction.