|NEW HAMPSHIRE: DARTMOUTH,
LAKE SUNAPEE & THE CONNECTICUT RIVER
This historic region is a perfect example of how the great
state of New Hampshire so often shows us two sides of the
The area is world famous with those who love the great
outdoors for its wilderness-like beauty and rugged terrain,
but it is also the center of higher learning in the state
and boasts one of the oldest colleges in the country!
in the footsteps of our early settlers who used the mighty
Connecticut River as a trail into the wonders of New Hampshire.
Now, as then, the river provides both natives and visitors
with a major sources of transportation, recreation, rich
soil, manufacturing opportunities, and a secure state line.
In olden times, the river was the state's primary line
of defense during the French and Indian Wars, its shores
dotted with mighty forts, many of which still exist today.
At the town of Charlestown, one can relive the history
of pre-revolutionary times in the well preserved villages
and settlements. Although the river was the initial feature
to set the region apart, it has since become famous for
Dartmouth College, an Ivy League school of the first order
which attracts students and scholars from the world over.
Lake Sunapee, a crystal-clear body of water is protected
by a State Park and bordered by majestic Mount Sunapee.
A perfect place to relax and reflect after the serious
intellectual pursuits which defined the area - much the
same way the relationship between Walden Woods and Boston
has developed over the centuries.
All within easy access of each other, the area's features
have something for everyone: for the outdoorsy person,
there is mountain climbing, skiing, swimming, fishing,
hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, and a beautiful
Wildlife Refuge in the town of Newbury; for the less active,
there is an abundance of history to the region, offering
dozens of opportunities to delve into our history and relive
the beginning of the glory which is New Hampshire.