Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New Hampshire Farms for Summer Homes

New Hampshire Farms for Summer Homes, 2nd edition, 1904

In a previous blog we did a survey of summer lodging in the White Mountains that focused mostly on hotels and inns. We continue our celebration of summer with an item of pure gold... gold lettering on the cover that is. It is a booklet from 1904 entitled New Hampshire Farms for Summer Homes.

This recent donation represents the other extreme opposite end of the accommodation spectrum from Grand Hotels to so called "summer cottages." While often rustic on the outside, for example with wooden columns that retained bark and branches on them, these cottages sometimes included large dining rooms, indoor squash courts, music pavilions, astronomical observatories, art studios, bowling alleys, boat houses, ice houses, tennis courts, stables, and quarters for maids, nannies and chauffeurs.

This booklet is part of a series published for the NH Department of Agriculture intended as a sales and promotional tool, now a tool for history. It was designed to capture interest many people who stayed in the Grand Hotels decided to purchase their own piece of paradise.

The Conway Public Library's Henney History Room has an early example from 1891 entitled Lakes and Summer Resorts in New Hampshire.

Lakes and Summer Resorts in New Hampshire, 1891

The author of this, and many of the other booklets, was N. J. (Nahum Josiah) Bachelder, who held the interesting title of New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture and Immigration.

The text for this edition was very simple, basically listing the summer resorts, name of the proprietor, post office address and costs per day and per week. Here are the listings for Conway.

One of the few photos included in this booklet is a panoramic pull out view of Lake Winnipesaukee. Here is a photo of Walker's Pond, now Conway Lake.

Here is the caption that went with the photo.

The library also has an 1891 book entitled Adopting an Abandoned Farm.

The book includes chapters on attending auctions, buying a horse, starting a poultry farm, prose, peacocks,and how to deal with ghosts. Part of the fun of old books can be clippings and inscriptions found within the covers (click on images to enlarge them).

The cover of our 1894 edition featured bees and goldenrod flowers.

New Hampshire Farms for Summer Homes, 1894

Our 1895 edition features handsome gold lettering and edging on the cover.

New Hampshire Homes, 1895

This edition is fully illustrated. In addition to selling the buildings, you could also buy copies of the photographs suitable for framing.

Here are a couple examples from the book.

Our 1902 and 1904 editions featured an Art Nouveau design.

New Hampshire Farms for Summer Homes, 1st edition, 1902

The 1902 above had silver lettering while our 1904 below had gold lettering.

New Hampshire Farms for Summer Homes, 2nd edition, 1904

To learn more about summer homes in the area, you can check out this book by Dr. Bryant Tolles.

For more details on this or any other historical subject in the White Mountains, contact us at the Conway Public Library's Henney History Room.

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