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Cornish (New Hampshire)

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Cornish-Windsor Bridge - longest covered bridge in the US

Cornish is a town along the Connecticut River in New Hampshire. It includes the villages of Cornish Flat and Cornish Mills. Cornish is a scenic town with three covered bridges that is known as a summer retreat for artists and writers.

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By plane[edit]

  • Lebanon Municipal Airport, in Lebanon.

By car[edit]

Cornish is near Interstates 89 and 91. From Interstate 89 take Exit 20 (West Lebanon) and travel south on Route 12A. From Interstate 91 take Exit 8 (Ascutney, Vermont), cross the Connecticut River and travel north on Route 12A.

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Saint Gaudens National Historic Site[edit]

Saint Gaudens National Historic Site, 139 Saint-Gaudens Road, Phone: +1 603 675-2175, Fax: +1 603 675-2701, [1]. Late May-October, 9AM-4:30PM. Over age 16 $5 for seven days. National Park Pass admits holder and family.

Features the home, studios and gardens of the great American sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907). The only National Park site in New Hampshire, it is one of only two in the National Park System dedicated to a visual artist. Six historic buildings are open to the public and over 100 of Saint-Gaudens' artworks are on exhibit in lovely formal gardens. Explore over two miles of nature trails or take sculpture classes given by a sculptor-in-residence. Summer concerts are also presented. A "junior ranger" program is available.

  • Exhibits: Six buildings are open to the public -- three galleries with Saint-Gaudens' artwork, a studio for the sculptor-in-residence interpretive program, a stable building with antique carriages, and "Aspet," the 18th century furnished house of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (Aspet is closed in 2006).
  • Tours are offered daily at the park, except for Sunday afternoons in July and August:
    • Art tour: (55 minutes). 11:00AM, 2PM. A guided tour of the galleries and grounds of the park. A great way to learn about Saint-Gaudens’ art and his life in Cornish.
    • Saint-Gaudens' Studio: (20 minutes). 10:30AM, 3:30PM. Learn about the design of the sculptor’s studio, how it functioned, and how he created some of his important works like the statues of President Lincoln
    • Nature Walk: 12:00PM. Sundays during July & August; 1:00 p.m. Thursdays, all season Explore the Ravine Trail with a park naturalist to learn about the plants and animals of the area and the invasive plants that threaten the park.
    • Curator's Choice Tour: Tu 1PM. Join the site curator for a special look at a selected art work.
    • Sculptor's tour: W,F 1PM. Join the sculptor-in-residence for a look at the art from a sculptor’s viewpoint.
  • Films: An excellent orientation to the site is the film Augustus Saint-Gaudens: An American Original (28 minutes), shown in the visitor center. Other films are also shown during the day, or upon request include: Wax Blood, Bronze Skin, explaining how bronze sculptures are cast; and The Medal Maker, explains the process of medallic art.
  • Hiking Trails: Ravine Trail, about 1/4 mile, and Blow-Me-Down Trail, approximately 2.5 miles.
  • Trustees of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, [2]. A non-profit partner of the Park Service for this project. Their web site gives additional depth, background and research resources for visitors.

Other things to see[edit]

  • Chase House Inn, 1001 Route 12A, Phone: +1 603 675-5391 Fax: +1 603 675-5010. A National Historic Landmark and birthplace of Salmon P. Chase. Now a bed and breakfast.
  • Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge. The longest wooden covered bridge in the US, built in 1866.

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  • Antiquing. There are many antique stores in the area.
  • Skiing at nearby Mount Ascutney in Brownsville, Vermont.

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  • Cornish General Store, RR 120 Cornish, NH 03745, (603) 542-0660. Grocery  edit
  • 12% Solution, Route 12A and Town House Rd Cornish, NH 03745, (603) 675-9975. Convenience Store, beer, wine & spirits.  edit
  • Cornish Automotive, 813 Nh Route 12a Cornish, NH 03745, 603-675-5403. Car repair & used car sales.  edit
  • Cornish Flat Post Office, 241 NH ROUTE 120 CORNISH FLAT, NH, (800) 275-8777 (603) 543-3502. Mon-Fri 8:30am-1:00pm 2:30pm-4:30pm Sat 8:30am-12:00pm Sun Closed. Post Office  edit


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  • Home Hill French Inn & Restaurant, River Road, Plainfield, Phone: +1 603 675-6165. Eleven rooms. $295-$500.

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