Consider yourself a “culture vulture"? You’ll never run out of fascinating things to explore in the Lakes Region, which is packed with historical attractions, performance venues and museums.
Franklin Opera House
Take in a concert at the Franklin Opera House. Opened in 1893, this Romanesque-style building was for years both a cultural venue and housed Franklin’s municipal offices. In its early heyday, it presented lectures, plays, musical events and vaudeville. But demand for office space eventually prevailed, and for years the Opera House, as it was called, was offices-only. It was revived and refurbished in the early 2000s, and today audiences once more enjoy concerts, talent shows and other entertainment.
Daniel Webster Birthplace
Also in Franklin, learn more about the early days of the great Daniel Webster.
The three-time presidential candidate, senator, Constitutional lawyer. U.S. Secretary of State and renowned orator lives on as one of the most remarkable figures in American political life. His birthplace is a state historic site.
Textile mills have played a major role in New Hampshire life since the early 19th century. The oldest unaltered brick textile mill in the United States, the Belknap Mill in Laconia, was nearly demolished in 1969, but was saved by passionate citizens and went on to become one of the first buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Today it is the official meetinghouse of the State of New Hampshire, and houses a museum, gallery and more.
In Meredith, on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, Mills Fall at the Lake was once the site of a dilapidated 19th-century linen mill. Today it is a luxury lodging-shopping-dining-spa destination whose 14 acres and many buildings provide plenty to do.
History by the Books
The Laconia Historical & Museum Society dedicates itself to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and culture of Laconia, Lakeport and the Weirs.
It sponsors publications, educational programs and exhibits, and conserves artifacts, documents and more. The society is housed in the Laconia Public Library, where it is visited by more than 137,000 people annually.
A former railroad freight depot in downtown Laconia, Pitman’s Freight Room, now is a versatile function space that hosts weddings, musical events, banquets, etc. in a charming rustic setting. On Thursday nights it presents topnotch jazz and blues acts from around the Northeast.
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