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Description - The site contains six buildings that are open to the public; three exhibition galleries with Saint-Gaudens' artwork, a studio for a sculptor-in-residence interpretive program, a stable building with antique carriages, and "Aspect", the 18th century furnished historic house of Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Attractions - The park includes the home, studios, and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, America's foremost sculptor of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Original sculpture is on exhibit.

Recreation - An excellent orientation to the site is the video presentation "Augustus Saint-Gaudens: An American Original" (28 minutes). Scheduled tours of Saint-Gaudens' home, "Aspect" are conducted throughout the day. Tour size is limited and individuals must sign-up for house tours at the entrance kiosk. Walking tours of the site are conducted most afternoons and last approximately one hour. A self-paced audio tour is also available for rental.

Two hiking trails are offered; the Ravine Trail, which is approximately .25 miles, and the Blow-Me-Down Trail, approximately 2.5 miles. Cross-country skiing is enjoyed on the trails during the winter months.

The Cornish Colony Gallery and Museum are located within the former home of Rose Standish Nichols, who is remembered as a garden designer and niece of Saint-Gaudens. The Gallery and Museum are located to the north on SR 12A.

Climate - New Hampshire residents experience four distinct seasons. Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Location - The historic site is located off New Hampshire SR 12A in Cornish. It is 2.5 miles north of the country's longest wooden covered bridge at Windsor, the Cornish-Windsor. The site may be reached on Interstate 89, Exit 20 (West Lebanon, south on SR 12A), or from Interstate 91, Exit 8 (SR 131 east, left onto SR 12A north). Charlestown is approximately 15 minutes south of Cornish and Hanover is approximately 15 - 20 minutes north.


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Contact Information:
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Rural Route 3, Box 73 , Cornish, NH, 03745, Phone: 603-675-2175, Fax: 603-675-2701
, saga@valley.net

Additional Information:
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches. There is one National Park facility, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and one National Forest, White Mountains.
New Hampshire's Historic Sites -

Links:
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site - Official agency Website

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