Lakes Region Info

List of towns in each county of New Hampshire

Below are links to every town website for every County in New Hampshire to get very detailed info on each town.

Feel free to contact me with any questions on properties in any town. Thank you

The towns of Belknap County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN BELKNAP COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE  

Alton l Barnstead l Belmont l Center Harbor l Gilford l Gilmanton l Laconia l Meredith l New Hampton

Sanbornton l Tilton

 

The Towns of Carroll County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN CARROLL COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

Albany l Bartlett l Brookfield l Chatham l Conway l Eaton l Effingham l Freedom l Hale's Location l Hart's Location

Jackson l Madison l Moultonborough l Ossipee l Sandwich l Tamworth l Tuftonboro l Wakefield l Wolfeboro

Towns of Cheshire County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN CHESHIRE COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

ALSTEAD l CHESTERFIELD l DUBLIN l FITZWILLIAM l GILSUM l HARRISVILLE l HINSDALE l JAFFREY l 

KEENE l MARLBOROUGH l MARLOW l NELSON l RICHMOND l RINDGE l ROXBURY l STODDARD l 

SULLIVAN l SURRY  l SWANZEY l TROY l WALPOLE l WESTMORELAND l WINCHESTER

Towns of Hillsborough County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

Amherst  l Antrim  l Bedford  l Bennington l Brookline l Deering l Francestown l Goffstown l Greenfield l Greenville l 

Hancock l Hillsborough l Hollis l Hudson l Litchfield l Lyndeborough l Manchester l Mason l Merrimack l Milford l 

Mont Vernon l Nashua l New Boston l New Ipswich l Pelham l Peterborough l Sharon l Temple l Weare l Wilton l Windsor

Towns of Rockingham County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

Atkinson l Auburn l Brentwood l Candia l Chester l Danville l Deerfield l Derry l East Kingston  l  Epping l Exeter 

Fremont  l  Greenland l Hampstead l Hampton  l Hampton Falls l Nottingham  l Portsmouth  l  Kensington  l Raymond 

Kingston l Londonderry l New Castle  l Newfields l Newington l Newmarket l Newton l North Hampton l Northwood  l Plaistow

 Rye  l Salem l Sandown l Seabrook l South Hampton l  Stratham l Windham

Towns of Sullivan County NH

CITIES & TOWNS WE SERVE REAL ESTATE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

Acworth l Charlestown l Claremont l Cornish l Croydon l Goshen l Langdon l Grantham l Lempster l Newport l Plainfield l 

Springfield l Unity l Sunapee l Washington

Towns of Merrimack County NH

CITIES & TOWNS MERRIMACK COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

Allenstown l Andover l Boscawen l Bow l Bradford l Canterbury l Chichester l Concord l Danbury l Dunbarton l Epsom l Franklin l

Henniker Hill l Hooksett l Hopkinton l Loudon l New London l Newbury l Northfield l Pembroke l Pittsfield l Salisbury l

Sutton l Warner l Webster Wilmot

Towns of Strafford County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN STRAFFORD COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

BarringtonDover l Durham l Farmington l Lee l Madbury l Middleton l Milton l New Durham l Rochester l Rollinsford l

Somersworth l Strafford

Towns of Grafton County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN GRAFTON COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

Ashland l Bethlehem l Bristol l Canaan l Enfield l Hanover l Lebanon* l Lincoln l Lisbon l Littleton l Mountain Lakes

North Haverhill l North Woodstock l Plymouth l Woodsville

Towns of Coos County NH

CITIES & TOWNS WE SERVE BUYERS AND SELLERS FOR REAL ESTATE IN COOS COUNTY

Berlin l Carroll l Clarksville l Colebrook l Columbia  l Dalton l Dummer l Errol l Gorham l Jefferson l Lancaster l Milan
Northumberland l Pittsburg l Randolph l Shelburne l Stark l Stewartstown l Stratford l Whitefield

Lakes Region of New Hampshire Towns and Lakes

Here are addresses, numbers and links to information for the towns in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. For more information please feel free to call me anytime on specific events. I have also listed the lakes in each town

 

Town of Alton

PO Box 659
Alton, NH 
(603) 875-0102

Half Moon, Hills Pond, Sunset Lake, Winnipesaukee

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Town of Alexandria

47A Washburn Road

Alexandria, NH 03222

(603) 744-3288

Newfound Lake

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Town of Ashland
PO Box 517
Ashland, NH 
(603) 968-4432

Big Squam, Little Squam

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Town of Belmont
PO Box 310
Belmont, NH 
(603) 267-8300

Silver Lake

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Town of Bridgewater

5 School Street,

Bristol, New NH 03222

(603) 744-3354

Newfound Lake

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Town of Bristol

5 School Street,

Bristol, New NH 03222

(603) 744-3354

Newfound Lake

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Town of Center Harbor
PO Box 140
Center Harbor, NH 
(603) 253-4561

Squam, Waukewan, Winnipesaukee, Winona

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Town of Gilford
47 Cherry Valley Road
Gilford, NH 
(603) 527-4700

Winnipesaukee

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Town of Gilmanton

503 Province Road

PO Box 550

Gilmanton, NH 03237

Crystal Lake, Sunset Lake

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Town of Holderness
US Route 3
Holderness, NH 
(603) 968-2145

Squam, Little Squam, White Oak
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Town of Laconia 
45 Beacon Street East

Laconia, NH 03246

(603) 524-3877

Opechee, Winnisquam, Winnipesaukee

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Town of Meredith
41 Main Street
Meredith, NH 
(603) 279-4538

Pemigewasset, Waukewan, Wicwas, Winnisquam, Winnipesaukee

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Town of Moultonborough
PO Box 139
Moultonborough, NH 
(603) 476-2347

Kanasatka, Squam, Winnipesaukee

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Town of New Durham

4 Main Street

New Durham NH 03855

(603) 859-2091

Merrymeeting

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Town of New Hampton
6 Pinnacle Hill Road
New Hampton, NH 
(603) 744-3559

Pemigewasset, Waukewan, Winona

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Town of New London

375 Main Street

New London, NH  03257

(603) 526-4821

Pleasant Lake, Sunapee

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Town of Sunapee

23 Edgemont Road 

Sunapee, NH 03782

(603) 763-2212

Lake Sunapee 

 

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Town of Tilton
257 Main Street
Tilton, NH 
(603) 286-4521

Silver Lake, Winnisquam, Winnipesaukee, 

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Town of Tuftonboro
PO Box 98
Center Tuftonboro, NH
(603) 569-4539

Dan Hole Pond, Lower Beach Pond, Mirror Lake, Winnipesaukee

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Town of Wolfeboro
84 South Main Street
Wolfeboro, NH 
(603) 569-8161

Beach Pond, Crystal Lake, Mirror Lake, Rust Pond, Sargent's Pond, Wentworth, WInnipesaukee

New Hampshire Record Sales in 2020

 

This just came out from the NHAR on Sales of homes in New Hampshire for 2020. It was the highest growth ever with days on market significantly lower and Prices higher and still a good time to sell. Waterfront Homes always fare better as well. 

Please call so I can show you what I can do for you. 

 



January 8, 2021

2020 a record year in NH housing market

The year 2020 was an historic one in terms of New Hampshire home sales, as single family residential unit sales, median price and sales volume hit all-time highs while inventory and supply hit their lowest marks in at least 16 years.

The median price for single family residential properties in the state was $335,000, a 12 percent jump from the previous high-water mark of $300,000, which came just the year before, in 2019. It was the ninth consecutive year of year-over-year median price increases in New Hampshire and the largest single-year jump since NHAR began tracking median price in 1998.

Here are a few additional noteworthy data points from the year-end report:

  • Inventory continued to dwindle in 2020. Months supply, meaning the number of months it would take to sell off current inventory at the average rate of sales for the last 12 months, dropped to 0.9 months in December, a 59 percent drop since December 2019, while last year’s average was 1.8 months (a 43 percent decrease). Those are the lowest numbers in that category since NHAR started tracking it in 2005.
  • The 18,449 single family unit sales was a 4.6 percent increase from 2019 and marked the first time the state has sold more than 18,000 homes in at least 23 years.
  • Every month in 2020 saw a single family residential inventory decline from the same month in 2019, and the 12-month average of 2,761 was 42 percent below last year and the lowest in at least 15 years. The 1,383 homes on the market at the end of December was the fewest in any month since at least 2005, and by comparison is roughly an eighth of the inventory that was on the market at the end of December 2010.
  • The total dollar volume of single family residential sales eclipsed the $7 billion mark for the first time, at $7.2 billion, more than $1 billion above the the previous high.

For the complete December and year-end 2020 report, click here.
For statewide and county level data from 1998 to 2020,
click here.
For fourth-quarter 2020 data, click here.

Fall Drawn down of NH Lakes

 The 2020 Fall Drawdown of Lakes

Every year the state will draw down the level of many lakes in New Hampshire. This is done to allow for spring runoff and prevent ice damming in the winter. This protects the dams that hold back the lake levels. It is also a great time to clean up the lake shore by your property. 

LAKE RIVER TOWN START DATE DEPTH
(in feet)
FROM FULL
Akers Pond Greenough Brook Errol Oct. 12 1'
Angle Pond Bartlett Brook Sandown Oct. 12 2'
Ayers Lake Tributary to Isinglass River Barrington Oct. 12 3'
Ballard Pond Taylor Brook Derry Oct. 12 2'
Barnstead Parade Suncook River Barnstead Oct. 12 1.5'
Bow Lake Isinglass River Strafford Oct. 12 4'
Burns Lake Tributary to Johns River Whitefield Oct. 12 1.3'
Chesham Pond Minnewawa Brook Harrisville Oct. 12 2'
Crystal Lake Crystal Lake Brook Enfield Oct. 12 4'
Crystal Lake Suncook River Gilmanton Oct. 12 3'
Deering Reservoir Piscataquog River Deering Oct. 12 4'
East Washington Pond Beards Brook Washington Oct. 12 2'
Glen Lake/Greggs Falls Piscataquog River Goffstown Oct. 31 1.5'
Goose Pond Goose Pond Brook Canaan Oct. 12 7.5'
Grafton Pond1 Bicknell Brook Grafton Oct. 1 8'
Great East Lake Salmon Falls River Wakefield Oct. 1 3'
Great Pond Powwow River Kingston Oct. 12 1'
Highland Lake North Branch Contoocook River Stoddard Oct. 12 3'
Horace Lake (aka Weare Reservoir)2 Piscataquog River Weare Oct. 30 5'
Horn Pond Salmon Falls River Wakefield Oct. 5 1.5'
Howe Reservoir3 Tributary to Minnewawa Brook Dublin Sept. 8 6'
Island Pond North Branch Contoocook River Stoddard Oct. 12 3'
Lake Kanasatka Tributary to Lake Winnipesaukee Moultonboro Nov. 5 1.5'
Kezar Lake Lane River Sutton Oct. 1 2'
Kingswood Lake  Churchill Brook Brookfield Oct. 12 4'
Little Sunapee Lake Kidder Brook New London Oct. 12 1'
Lovell Lake  Branch River Wakefield Oct. 12 3'
Mascoma Lake4 Mascoma River Lebanon Oct. 12 3'
Mendums Pond Little River Nottingham Nov. 9 7'
Milton Three Ponds4 Salmon Falls River Milton Oct. 12 3'
Newfound Lake Newfound River  Bristol Sept. 1 2.0'
Nay Pond Dead River Milan Oct. 1 7.5 inches
Nippo Pond Nippo Brook Barrington Oct. 12 2'
North River Pond North River Nottingham Oct. 12 1'
Northwood Lake Little Suncook River Epsom Oct. 24 6'
Opechee Winnipesaukee RIver Laconia Oct. 17 5'
Ossipee Lake4 Ossipee River Effingham Oct. 12 3.25'
Pawtuckaway Lake Pawtuckaway River Nottingham Oct. 12 4.8'
Pequawket Lake Tributary to Swift River Conway Nov. 2 2'
Pine River Pond Pine River Wakefield Oct. 12 8'
Pleasant Lake Tributary to Little Suncook River Deerfield Oct. 12 2.70'
Shellcamp Pond Academy Brook Gilmanton Oct. 12 2.2'
Silver Lake Minnewawa Brook Harrisville Oct. 12 3'
Squam Lake 4 Squam River Ashland Oct. 14 2.5'
Sunapee Lake4 Sugar River Sunapee Oct. 14 2.5'
Suncook Lakes Suncook River Barnstead Oct. 5 5'
Sunset Lake Suncook River Alton Oct. 12 7'
Trickling Falls Powwow River East Kingston Nov. 2 1'
Union Meadows5 Branch River Wakefield Oct. 5 4'
Webster Lake Chance Brook Franklin Oct. 12 2'
Whittemore Lake Tributary to Contoocook River Bennington Oct. 12 1.5'
Winnisquam Lake Winnipesaukee River Belmont Oct. 17 2'
  1. Grafton Pond will be drawn down 8 feet again this year for a two to three-week period for some minor maintenance of the dam. This drawdown will start on October 5 and the lake level will be raised to the normal two-foot drawdown level after work on the dam is complete.
  2. The drawdown of Horace Lake will begin on October 30 this year, which is approximately two weeks later than normal.
  3. The drawdown of Howe Reservoir will start in early September for maintenance work on the dam.
  4. These larger lakes generally do not reach their full drawdowns until mid or late March. The values listed above are generally the maximum levels reached, although during any given year the levels reached can be either higher or lower due to weather conditions.
  5. Union Meadows Dam will have a drawdown to facilitate some minor maintenance that needs to be done and to facilitate an inspection of the upstream side of the dam. As soon as work all work is complete, the lake level will be allowed to return to full pond.

The depth of drawdown listed above is not from the current level, but is from the normal full pond level. Because of the drought conditions the state has been experiencing through the summer, the levels of many of these lakes are already a foot or more below full. As a result, NHDES will not be making its normal special releases from Horace Lake and Northwood Lake for downstream recreation this year, but intends to resume them next fall. However, on Saturday, October 31, a release will be made from Greggs Falls Dam in Goffstown to provide an opportunity for canoeing and kayaking in the Piscataquog River downstream. The release will begin at 11:00 AM.

Lake drawdowns are conducted each fall to reduce winter ice damage to shoreline properties and to reduce spring flooding. Drawdowns also give property owners an opportunity to conduct any necessary repairs to their waterfront property, provided they first secure a permit from the DES Wetlands Bureau at (603) 271-2147.

Generally, lake levels are allowed to return to the normal full pond level in the spring. However, the drawdowns of Opechee and Winnisquam Lakes, which occur on a two-year interval, last only approximately two weeks. This year, the lowering of Opechee Lake will begin on October 17, and it will likely take two days to pass the water from Opechee Lake downstream through Winnisquam Lake. Therefore, the level of Winnisquam Lake is not expected to drop noticeably until October 19. On October 30, flows at Lakeport Dam will be increased to refill Opechee Lake, and the level of Winnisquam Lake should begin to rise late in the day on November 1.

Not included in this schedule is Lake Winnipesaukee. Unlike the other lakes in this schedule, Lake Winnipesaukee is not purposely drawn down in the fall. Instead, in the fall after Columbus Day, the releases from Lakeport Dam are reduced from a normal minimum of 250 cubic feet per second (cfs) to a flow between 30 and 50 cfs for a period of up to two weeks to allow for maintenance of the dams and hydropower facilities on the Winnipesaukee River. The flow of 30 to 50 cfs is the minimum flow needed to maintain the downstream aquatic life during this period. This year the reduction will be begun on October 17.

By the middle of the fall, Lake Winnipesaukee is, on average, 15 inches below its springtime full level due to evaporation and releases from the lake that have occurred over the course of the summer. Because of this summer's drought, the level of the lake is already at that elevation. When the amount of water released from the dam is reduced after Columbus Day, the lake level is not expected to drop significantly for the remainder of the month of October and, if drought conditions ease in the fall and winter, it is expected to remain relatively stable through the month of December absent any major rainfall events. Depending on the amount of snow on the ground in the winter, the lake level may be lowered further beginning in January to a depth of two feet below the normal full level.

Where do loons go in the winter.

Where does Larry the Loon go in Winter--you would be surprised perhaps. 

In an effort to beat the Holiday Rush, Larry the Loon flew south early only to find his loon friends just fly to the ocean on the East Coast for winter."


Loons certainly are my favorite. I see them come early in spring even when the ice has not fully melted. A was there when a pair showed up on Swains Lake in Barrington with ice patches still floating about. I saw twelve come flying in to the edge of the ice melt in a cove on Jenness Pond in Northwood and later I witnessed the day 2 loon chicks born on a man-made protective floating nest platform on Jenness Pond, and then create 2 chicks in spring with each sharing time to sit on the eggs. I saw 24 together on Little Bow in Northwood, and a record 24 loons on Ayers Lake in Barrington.

But I live in New Hampshire and see droves of people-and birds-flock south in winter. I mean why not. But have you seen a loon try to fly. It takes half a lake to take off.

So where do loons actually go and why? 

Well according to satellite tracking performed by the Loon Preservation Committees the loon makes its way to the Atlantic Ocean between Maine and Rhode Island. Loons must adapt to life in the salt water. They have salt glands in their skull between their eyes that remove the salt from the water and the fish they eat and then remove it from ducts in their beak--how do they know this stuff I am now sure.

The reasons are unique as well. For one the salt water doesn't freeze, and a loon's livelihood is in the water the oceans provide deep and clear waters to dive and fish in. The adult loons leave their chicks behind until their feathers become long enough to support their own weight. It is also time for the young ones to become mature and strong enough to be independent and capable of surviving on their own before taking the trip to the ocean. 

For two, the warmer waters bring all kinds of different predators like Alligators plus the water actually is too warm for them to dive.  I think maybe the long trip is just too much of an effort.

Life on the ocean isn't easy. They have to get use to a totally new diet, and then there are much bigger waves they are not use to on smaller lakes, and rougher weather, marine pollution and nasty parasites not seen on their fresh water homes. One of a loons biggest challenges has to do with molting and getting their feathers ready to make the trip back to their birth lakes in New Hampshire. It takes 2 to 3 weeks to molt during which that time they are not able to fly and face a lot of dangers lurking. As hyou can imagine, this becomes a stressful time in their lives. Yet I am told that they mate for life so maybe, perhaps their solid relationships help to deal with hard times.

 In New Hampshire ice out is a big mystery for us humans to know the moment when the ice that has covered Lake Winnipesaukee for the winter will melt enough for the iconic M/S Mount Washington cruise ship to navigate between all of its ports in Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro. Yet somehow the loon has the ability to pretty much pretty much Loons will typically arrive on New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds just after ice-out, sometimes on the very next day!

For me the loon was first introduced to me in the iconic movie "On Golden Pond" staring Kathryn Hepburn and Jane and real father Henry Fonda which happens to be filmed in Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee here. The screen play written by NH resident Ernest Thompson.

I have lived on a lake in New Hampshire ever since leaving Michigan, NYC, and Boston and look forward to the distinctive haunting call of the loon. It is the beginning of summer when I hear them.   

For more information on these incredible loons check out the  Loon Preservation Committee’s at www.loon.org and the N.H. Lakes Association at www.nhlakes.org.

 

Below is a story on a pair of loons on Jenness Pond in Northwood NH who have come every year for over a decade making a family.

Docks may need permits

Docks and Shoreline Structures

I am often asked if you can put in a dock or enlarge an existing one in any lake property. There are several aspects to consider. All natural bodies of water are held in trust for public use by the State of New Hampshire. Under RSA 482-A, NH Wetlands Law, constructing new structures such as docks, boat lifts, jet ski lifts, retaining walls, breakwaters and perched beaches in or on any bank, flat, marsh or swamp in and adjacent to and waters of the state requires a permit. This permit serves as permission for an entity to build and maintain a structure within an area held in public trust.

Changing dock size may create issues with abutters

Dock owners may replace a grandfathered dock without complying with statutory setback and other current statutory limitations as long as they do not change the size or configuration of the dock, which would trigger current permitting requirements. Problems arise when the replacement dock is larger or closer, from the abutter’s perspective, which can raise issues of encroachment, trespass and private nuisance, among others. 

To determine is a permit is required to do any work on a dock take this survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/docks?sm=J6yE1w7o3mqrHOjeSxeKRKikIjx6lSBlcx6znku%2f0Z0%3d

 

Ice Out on Lake Winnipesaukee

Ice out on Lake Winnipesaukee New HampshireEvery year on Lake Winnipesaukee,

Ice-Out.com is devoted to progressive aerial photos of the ice receding on Lake Winnipesaukee. It's a co-operative volunteer effort between Emerson Aviation (It's Dave Emerson who officially calls ice-out each year) and the great aerial photographer I have had the pleasure of meeting, Bill Hemmel of http://www.aerialphotonh.com/ .  Here you can also see and purchase some of the finest aerial photography in the state. 

"Ice-out" does not mean that all of the ice is gone. It is actually the moment when the M/S Mount Washington could cruise to all five of it's ports: Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro. The earliest recorded ice-out (in 135 years) was March 18, 2016! The latest was the very cold winter on May 12, 1888.

Always check out the progress on Lake Winnipesaukee on Ice-Out.com

As for other lakes in New Hampshire, the NH DES VLAP began tracking Lake ice-in and ice-out dates in 2011 as there was no central repository for this information in New Hampshire. Many New Hampshire lakes have historical ice out records dating back to the early 1900's, Lakes Sunapee and Winnipesaukee to the 1880's, but not as much data exists for ice-in records. Tracking both ice-in and ice-out allows the determination of total ice cover days which is another important part of tracking physical, chemical and biological changes to lakes over time. With the erratic weather conditions experienced in recent years, the information can also help track climatological shifts and trends.

Here is a link for detailed Ice-in and Ice-out dates for other lakes. 

http://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/vlap/ice-in-out.htm

 

Whatever you do don't walk, drive on or take a snowmobile on any frozen lake without knowing how safe it is to do so. That is another story for sure. 

 

Thank you

Michael Travis

 

Morning in America - on Long Pond - Northwood NH

Morning again in America, on Long Pond in Northwood, New Hampshire, Morning begins, like on any of the 1300 or so lakes & ponds in this state, as a quiet opening act where you begin to hear the birds come alive, the subtle ripples of water made by ducks floating, the fish jumping, or the occasional kayaker's paddle.  Time stands still here - even in motion. So can call me to find yourself in a lake home as special as the lake is. 603-303-2599

 

Morning in America -- on Long Pond from Waterfront Agent on Vimeo.

New Hampshire State of Mine

The Price to Pay for the Highest Quality of Life is Far Less in New Hampshire
 

Living the good life in New Hampshire cost far less than you would expect.

Having lived in NYC, East Haddam in Connecticut for weekends, and the North End of Boston I had a different opinion of New Hampshire long before ever stepping foot in the State. People I knew would call it "Cow Hampshire" or "New Hampster".
 
After all the population on NH was a fraction of what is in CT, MA or NY, and seemed to be in the boonies -- just so far north. However, it didn’t take long before realizing it was nothing less than picturesque and beautiful with over 1300 lakes, Lake Winnipesaukee, a pristine 44,000 acre lake in the Lakes Region made famous by the film “On Golden Pond” staring Katheryn Hepburn with Jane and Henry Fonda written by local talent Ernest Thompson. The “Big Lake” is surrounded by the majestic White Mountains
 
Here is my "New Hampshire State of Mine"
 
 
 
 

New Hampshire Trivia

  1. Of the thirteen original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from Mother England -- a full six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed. 
     
  2. The highest wind speed recorded at ground level is at Mt. Washington, on April 12, 1934. The winds were three times as fast as those in most hurricanes. 
     
  3. New Hampshire is the only state that ever played host at the formal conclusion of a foreign war. In 1905, Portsmouth was the scene of the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War. 
     
  4. The first potato planted in the United States was at Londonderry Common Field in 1719. 
     
  5. Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., the first American to travel in space is from East Derry, New Hampshire. 
     
  6. In 1833 the first free public library in the United States was established in Peterborough. 
     
  7. In the town of Warner the last passenger train stopped on November 4, 1955, and the last freight in 1961. Since then the tracks through town were torn up and sold as scrap iron. 
     
  8. New Hampshire adopted the first legal lottery in the twentieth century United States in 1963. 
     
  9. Cornish Hill Pottery Company handcrafts functional stoneware decorated in the traditions of Early American and European potters with a method known as "slip trailing". The slip is a creamy mixture of clay and water and is applied to moist, almost hardened pots by hand. The slip contains various colorants, including natural clay colors and metals. 
     
  10. New Hampshire's present constitution was adopted in 1784; it is the second oldest in the country. 
     
  11. On December 30, 1828, about 400 mill girls walked out of the Dover Cotton Factory enacting the first women's strike in the United States. The Dover mill girls were forced to give in when the mill owners immediately began advertising for replacement workers. 
     
  12. Levi Hutchins of Concord invented the first alarm clock in 1787. 
     
  13. The Irish-born American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens lived and worked in Cornish from 1885 until his death at age 59 in 1907. 
     
  14. The Mount Washington auto road at Great Glen is New Hampshire's oldest manmadetourist attraction
     
  15. In the fall of 1999, the Town of Newbury officially opened a B&M caboose as a visitor center at Bell Cove, Newbury Harbor. 
     
  16. Daniel Webster was a politician and statesman, born at Franklin in 1782. He was known in his day as a mighty orator, a reputation preserved in the Stephen Vincent Benet story The Devil and Daniel Webster, in which he beats the original lawyer, Lucifer, in a contract case over a man’s soul. 
     
  17. New Hampshire’s State House is the oldest state capitol in which a legislature still meets in its original chambers. 
     
  18. Alexandria was the birthplace of Luther C. Ladd, the first enlisted soldier to lose his life in the Civil War. 
     
  19. The very first motorized ascent of the Mount Washington auto road was by Feelan O. Stanley, of Stanley Steamer fame, in 1899. 
     
  20. Dover was settled in 1623. It is the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire. 
     
  21. The karner blue butterfly, lynx, bald eagle, short nose sturgeon, Sunapee trout, Atlantic salmon and dwarf wedge mussel are on the State's endangered species list. 
     
  22. Founded in 1866 at Durham, the University of New Hampshire serves an undergraduate population of 10,500 students. 
     
  23. The Enfield Shaker community was one of eighteen villages located from Maine to Kentucky and from Massachusetts to Ohio. 
     
  24. The quintessential New England community of Wolfeboro is known as "The Oldest Summer Resort in America". 
     
  25. Augustus Saint-Gaudens from Cornish was the first sculptor to design an American coin. His commission became fraught with difficulties related to Saint-Gaudens’ desire for high relief relative to the demands of mass production and use. 
     
  26. America's Stonehenge is a 4000 year old megalithic (stone constructed) site located on Mystery Hill in Salem and presently serves as a leisurely, educational tour for the whole family. 
     
  27. The Pierce Manse in Concord is the home of the only New Hampshire citizen ever elected President. Franklin Pierce was a hero of the war with Mexico and the youngest President elected at that time. 
     
  28. The Memorial Bell Tower at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge has four bronze bas-reliefs designed by Norman Rockwell. The bell tower is specifically dedicated to women — military and civilian — who died serving their country. 
     
  29. The first free public library in the United States was established at Peterborough in 1833. 
     
  30. The Bavarian-style hamlet of Merrimack is home to the famous eight-horse hitch, and the Clydesdales maintained by the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. 
     
  31. Cannon Aerial Tramway is the first aerial passenger tramway in North America. It was built in 1938 at Franconia Notch. 
     
  32. In Holderness Captain Pierre Havre and his canine first mate, Bogie, have built a sailing tour around the locations from the Katherine Hepburn/Henry Fonda movie On Golden Pond. 
     
  33. The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord is a state-of-the art planetarium dedicated to the memory of New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe, who died in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. 
     
  34. New Hampshire's state motto is "Live Free or Die". The motto comes from a statement written by the Revolutionary General John Stark, hero of the Battle of Bennington. 
     
  35. As leaders in the revolutionary cause, New Hampshire delegates received the honor of being the first to vote for the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. 
     
  36. New Hampshire has 10 counties, 13 municipalities, 221 towns and 22 unincorporated places. 
     
  37. Sarah Josepha Hale author and journalist who wrote the poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in 1830 is from Newport, New Hampshire. 
     
  38. The Belknap Mill built at Laconia in 1823 is the oldest unaltered brick knitting mill in America. 
     
  39. The Blue Ghost of Wolfeboro is the U.S. Mail Boat for Lake Winnipesaukee. It makes a daily 60-mile loop delivering mail to 30 stops at camps and islands around the lake. 
     
  40. At Stonyfield Farm in Londonderry you can learn how yogurt is made. From cow to incubator to cooler. They give away samples and you can buy some “moo” chandise. 
     
  41. New Hampshire did not officially adopt a state flag until 1909. Prior to that, New Hampshire had numerous regimental flags to represent the state. The present flag has only been changed once, in 1931 when the state's seal was modified. 
     
  42. The USS Albacore was a prototype submarine built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and commissioned in 1953. At the time she was the fastest submarine ever designed. 
     
  43. The first capital city of New Hampshire was in Exeter
     
  44. The granite profile "Old Man of the Mountain" is one of the most famous natural landmarks in the state. The Old Man’s head measures 40 feet from chin to forehead and is made up of five ledges. Nature carved this profile thousands of years ago. The natural sculpture is 1,200 feet above Echo Lake. 
     
  45. It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make approximately 1 gallon of maple syrup. 
     
  46. Wallace D. Lovell built the Hampton River Bridge in 1900 called the "mile-long bridge". It was reputed to be the longest wooden bridge in the world. 
     
  47. Captain John Smith named New Hampshire after the town of Hampshire, England. 
     
  48. New Hampshire has a changeable climate, with wide variations in daily and seasonal temperatures. The variations are affected by proximity to the ocean, mountains, lakes or rivers. The state enjoys all four seasons. Summers are short and cool; winters are long and cold; fall is glorious with foliage. The weather station on Mount Washington has recorded some of the coldest temperatures and strongest winds in the continental United States. 
     
  49. New Castle is the smallest town in New Hampshire. It covers .8 square miles, or 512 acres. The town is composed of one large island and several smaller islands, and serves as a scenic residential and recreational community. 
     
  50. The Pembroke Glass Works produced crown window glass from 1839 until 1850. The process of gathering molten glass on a blowpipe, and blowing the glass into a balloon shape. The blowpipe is removed, a solid "punty" rod is attached and the glass is spun rapidly until a disc is formed. When the glass cools the outer portion beyond the central knob is then cut into panes

Famous people from New Hampshire are as follows:

  • Robert Frost, Poet that won four Pulitzer Prizes
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, Author and journalist
  • John Irving, Famous author
  • Christa McAuliffe, died in space shuttle Challenger explosion
  • in 1986
  • Bob Montana, Creator of the comic strip Archie in 1942
  • Franklin Pierce, The 14th President of the United States
  • Eleanor Porter, Children?s author
  • Alan B. Shepard Jr., first American in space in 1961
  • Earl Silas Tupper, Founder of Tupperware
  • Eleazar Wheelock, Founded Dartmouth College in 1769
  • Henry Wilson, Vice President of the United States under President Ulysses Grant
  • Michael Travis- your Waterfront Agent

 

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