Category: History

Fryeburg Fair Maine's Blue Ribbon Classic Country Fair October 04 2016

Fall is Country Fair Time

When the leaves begin to turn the famous hues of fall, there is a nip in the air and the farmer’s fields are cleared for the fall harvest it must be time for the Fayuh as we say it in these here parts. What is a “Fayuh” you ask?  It’s an old-fashioned country fair with rides, livestock exhibitions, competitions of all kinds and of course … Read More

September 01 2015

Explore the Kancamagus Highway

Another post in our series of White Mountain Day Trips – Driving Time from Stonehurst Manor: 52 min Total Trip Time: 1-2 hrs What is the Kancamagus Highway? The Kancamagus Highway, is a 34.5 mile scenic drive along NH’s Rt. 112 in Northern New Hampshire that is well known as one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas in the country. The Kancamagus Highway is … Read More

May 11 2015

History of Mother’s Day

Every May, Mother’s Day arrives, and so millions of Americans rush out to the florist to order fresh flowers and then stop at the pharmacy for a card and maybe even some chocolates for their mothers. Although the holiday has come and gone for 2015, that doesn’t mean that you should ever stop appreciating your mom. Here’s some Mother’s Day history to get you in … Read More

May 03 2015

The Rebirth of the Historic Balsams Resort

Imagine stepping out into your backyard — all 11,000 acres of it — and seeing stunning wooded views, vast alpine ski trails, golf courses and endlessly rolling hills. While you’re at it, add fine dining, luxury accommodations and an active lifestyle, all within a gorgeous historic setting. Sound like a dream? It’s not a dream, but it is a vision that’s quickly moving toward refurbished … Read More

May 01 2015

The Flavor of New Hampshire Politics

Aside from its stunningly delicious maple syrup, the state of New Hampshire is probably best known for its role in presidential politics.  As each presidential primary season gets underway, potential candidates flock to New Hampshire to eat pancakes, marvel over the fall foliage, and rub elbows with the locals.  NH politics is a serious business for candidates and voters alike. First in the Nation Since … Read More

March 03 2015

The Mysteries of Mount Washington

New Hampshire has one of the richest histories in the U.S. It’s one of the original 13 colonies, and was the first state to enact its own constitution. With such a storied history, it’s no surprise that NH is full of mysterious tales. Many of them center around North Conway’s own Mount Washington! Here’s three of Mount Washington’s most intriguing mysteries: Ghosts In 1902, construction … Read More

February 14 2015

5 Unique Valentine’s Day Traditions

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and enjoy time with loved ones, but some of the traditions that arise during the holiday are surprising. During the holiday, planning a getaway with a special individual is not the only way to celebrate love and relationships. Giving Chocolate to Men Giving chocolate is not an unexpected tradition, but in Japan the tradition differs from other … Read More

Mt. Washington Summit Stage Office January 19 2015

The Amazing Weather of Mt. Washington

Our neighbor, Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States, boasts having the worst weather on the planet. Although there have been a few storms with higher recorded wind speeds, the trophy for sickest, most insane weather typically goes to this New Hampshire mountain. About Mt. Washington Weather The erratic weather atop Mt. Washington is due primarily to the fact that, as the … Read More

December 31 2014

A Brief History of Skis

If you thought those decrepit old wooden skis you found in your grandfather’s barn were old, wait until you hear these tales of the first generation of skis. Here’s a brief history of skis and how they were used, way back before you were even a twinkle in the universe’s eye. Skis were first invented as mobile devices to help hungry nomadic tribesmen follow their … Read More

December 19 2014

5 Unusual New Year's Rituals

Here in the U.S., we traditionally celebrate ringing in the New Year’s with a champagne toast, a jolly or teary rendition of Auld Lang Syne and a kiss at midnight. But around the world, nations celebrate New Year’s in a variety of fun and interesting ways. Here are some of our favorites. Parting With Past Transgressions In Ecuadorian history, citizens would fabricate dummies made in … Read More