New Hampshire State Parks visiting a historic site is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. However the State Park System maintains 14 different historic sites that commemorate important locations around the state. The New Hampshire State Parks' Bureau of Historic Sites manages sites that range from old military forts, to an early 1800’s era sawmill, and to the childhood homes of Robert Frost and Daniel Webster. With historic sites located all over the state, and many nearby or in some state parks, it is easy to combine a day outdoors with an educational experience. Recently I found myself at the Daniel Webster Birthplace located just southwest of Franklin, NH. At a bend in the road, crossing over a small brook, the small log cabin cabin sits in a clearing on a slight hill. Even today the property is quiet and secluded giving the sense that not much has changed. Exploring the area it is easy to imagine what was like growing up in the late 1700’s. The two-room cabin is centered around an indoor fireplace that once served as the homes kitchen. Outfitted with antique cookware, furniture, and an old spinning wheel the cabin truly feels like a living piece of history. Finding the Daniel Webster biography that was left behind, I settled in at the table. I soaked up the words in the book as well as the experience, as I read the late statesman’s biography while sitting at the very home he grew up in. Visiting one of the many historic sites in the state can be great whether you’re a history buff, curious, or just looking for something different to do for the day.
I love it here in New Hampshire. I’ve been visiting my entire life, but it wasn’t until I moved here to attend Plymouth State University that I realized just how much the New Hampshire State Parks could offer. Comprised of 92 different parks, waysides, historical sites, and recreational trails there is something for everyone to enjoy here. From hiking, camping, skiing, biking, boating, to picnics, sunbathing, and playgrounds it is easy for the whole the family to have fun in a New Hampshire State Park. This summer, as a NH State Parks intern, I’ll be traveling around New Hampshire to give you a look at all the different experiences you can have inside the state parks. Using a camera, my hiking boots, kayak, and mountain bike I plan to explore as much as I can and report back to you. I’m excited to get out there, but I’m even more excited to share my adventures and motivate you to get outside and enjoy the New Hampshire State Parks.