When people drive into Wolfeboro, NH, they see a sign that says “WOLFEBORO – the oldest summer resort in America.” Most assume this refers to Wolfeboro and Lake Winnipesaukee. But they’re wrong. The tagline actually refers to the area’s first summer resident, New Hampshire Governor John Wentworth in the late 1700s. His large summer home and farm was on the shores of Smith’s Pond, which later became known as Lake Wentworth.
Birchmont cabin and summer residents on Lake Wentworth
The New Hampshire Boat Museum’s exhibit for 2015, “A Pilgrimage to Simplicity: Lake Wentworth’s Traditions and History,” will explore this lake’s history and its impact on the region. The exhibit will open on Memorial Day weekend and will remain on view through Columbus Day weekend. The exhibition is sponsored by the Lake Wentworth Association, the Lake Wentworth Foundation, and the Point Breeze Condominium Association.
Using a wide variety of items – archaeological artifacts, historic photographs, period postcards, boats, and objects borrowed from families around Lake Wentworth – the exhibit will tell the story of the lake from prehistoric times to the present. Topics covered will include how the Native Americans used the lake; development of the lake during the Colonial era; how the lake was mapped; how people traveled to the lake; the development and importance of the Smith River Dam; boating on the lake; early families who lived on the lake and the homes they lived in; how people passed their time on the lake; and famous residents, resorts, and children’s camps that helped make Lake Wentworth a “travel destination.” Continue reading →
The Lake Wentworth Foundation and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust are conducting a workshop for those interested in learning how to monitor conservation easements and conserved properties. The training is scheduled for Wednesday May 6, 2015 from noon to 4:00 PM in Wolfeboro.
Along the shores of Sargent’s Pond
The program will start at the Wolfeboro Library meeting room and continue with field instruction at the Lake Wentworth Foundation’s Fernald Brook property.
Land trusts such as the Lake Wentworth Foundation and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust must monitor their lands and enforce their rights and responsibilities regularly.
Monitoring includes boundary line maintenance, routine inspection of the property, maintaining ongoing landowner relationships, enforcement to correct violations and maintaining public access while minimizing its impacts, if applicable.
David Mallard, Land and Stewardship Director at the LRCT, and workshop leader says, “this training will provide information and guidelines for volunteers to be able to monitor a conserved parcel , including what to document and how to document their visits “. Continue reading →
“The lakes are the number one economic driving factor in the town.” So says Dan Coons, 11-year chairman of the Town of Wolfeboro Conservation Commission.
The lakes and scenic beauty are what draw people to the region as year-round residents, second-homers and tourists. That is why the Lakes Region is one of the fastest growing areas for single family housing construction since 2000, according to the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning.
Census data for 2010 indicates that 42% of nearly 40,000 homes in Carroll County are classed as seasonal. The owners of these homes pay taxes at the same rate as year-round residents; however they use significantly less resources which is a benefit to our communities, helping us to be some of the lowest tax rate towns in the state.
Also contributing to the draw of our area are our local farms and forest-related businesses. They are integral to our scenic beauty and rural character while contributing to the local economy and providing fresh food and other products people buy.
If the region wants to maintain growth, seasonal residents and our quality of life, it is imperative that we maintain the region’s scenic beauty, natural-resource based businesses and water quality. Even better is when we can improve on their quality and thus increase the lure of the area.
The town of Wolfeboro has numerous tracks of land under its stewardship. These parcels are integral to providing recreation, preserving both wildlife and wetland habitats, conserving a wide range of natural resources and retaining the scenic beauty of the region. The Wolfeboro Conservation Commission oversees their stewardship. Other organizations also own or hold easements for conservation purposes including the Lake Wentworth Foundation, Lakes Region Land Trust and the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. Continue reading →