As I write this blog we are in the middle of a global pandemic and traveling looks very different than it did a year ago. But my desire to visit as many National Historic Parks as not changed. Due to Coronavirus, I am having more time to visit more sites and I don’t mind that at all!!

Over Memorial Day weekend, I visited the only National Historic site in New Hampshire. As noted above, traveling and just being out and about looks so different right now. It felt so good to be on the road and on a little adventure. And driving in New England never disappoints!

I visited the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish, New Hampshire. ‘This site preserves the home, gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907), one of America’s foremost sculptors. This was his summer residence from 1885 to 1897, his permanent home from 1900 until his death in 1907, and the center of the Cornish Art Colony.’ (Wikopedia)

This definitely was a different experience at a Historic Park. The visitor’s center was not open, and I had to make my own cancellation stamp. The visitor’s center is one my favorite parts of a site. This is mostly due to the opportunity to see a film about the park. Thank goodness for the internet…I found the film on You Tube!!

Another difference (but a very welcomed one) was there was NO one there. I think I literally saw 3 other small groups of people there during my entire visit. Empty parks have the best photography opportunities for me!!

Funny story, the only person I talked to while there ended up being a member of my faith and we went to the same college at the same time many years ago!!

The grounds and surrounding area were truly beautiful. It was a very peaceful experience there. I absolutely loved my time there. Afterwards I went and visited the longest wooden bridge in the United States. The Cornish-Winsor bridge is also the longest two span covered bridge in the world!! It doesn’t get better than that!! Overall, an amazing adventure and day in NH!!

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Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park | Travels