Historic Inns and Estates of Moultonborough

I attended a tour sponsored by the Moultonborough Heritage Commission and the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance on Sunday, August 8, 2010. This was the first major event sponsored by the Moultonborough Heritage Commission (which is only a little over 1-year-old) and was organized by Cristina Ashjian, an art and architectural historian. She gave a flawless lecture explaining the  history of five properties on Moultonborough Neck and Long Island. There was a crowd of almost 300 at the Geneva  Point Center for the lecture before we dispersed for tours of the inns and estates. The gorgeous weather and antique cars some attendees brought made for a perfect Sunday afternoon.

The tour included the properties pictured below as well as an estate barn that originally housed both horses and cattle called Windermere on Long Island and the former Roxmount Poultry Farm (1890 – 1896), later converted to the Winnipesaukee Inn (1907 -1919) and now part of the Geneva Point Center.The Kona Farm was designed as a gentleman's country estate.

The Kona Farm was recently listed on the NH Register of Historic Places while the Swallow Boathouse, also a part of the estate, has been on the National Register since 1980.

The Long Island Inn (1874), a boarding house dating from the earliest period of tourism in Moultonborough  was added to the NH state Register of Historic Places in 2010.

It’s inspiring to see such dedication and public interest in historic preservation in the Lakes Region and I’m looking forward to my next trip north to do some more exploration at other historic properties.

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