Here's just a small sampling of the treasures we've helped preserve over the years.
For the Ages
Follow the story of Barbara's cousin, Paul Rich, a B-17 pilot in WWII, killed in action...as meaningful today to everyone who has lost a loved one in the tragedy of war.
This threshing device dates back to the 1800's, and was used here generations ago to thresh a grain, probably wheat. The ripe stalks would have been fed into the contraption, and then a handle inserted into that hole on the end. Then the farmer could turn the handle, which turned the blades separating the grain from its stalk. We have never seen another like this at any museum we have visited.
Antique tin storage containers
These tins were painstakingly hand-decorated by Barbara's paternal step-grandmother, Ethel Serafini. Barbara fondly remembers her as "the most wonderful, caring, and loving grandmother anyone could be lucky enough to have." She remembers bread, tea bags, and other kitchen stuffs stored in these tins in their kitchen in Hanover, NH.
Anvil and bellows from Moses Aldrich's blacksmith shop
Moses was Sugar Hill's 1st permanent settler. He built his forge in the early 1800's. Later, when the shop was added onto, it became the summer residence of Professor Richardson of Dartmouth College.
Grandmother's silk wedding dress and hi-button shoes.
Trace the Iron Industry and famous Stone Furnace in nearby Franconia where iron ore mined in Sugar Hill was smelted and made into stoves and implements.
Learn about President Eisenhower's visit in 1955 and how Sugar Hill, settled in 1780, became New Hampshire's newest town in 1962.
Did you know Sugar Hill had the first organized ski school in America? Come explore the early world of skiing!
Enjoy nostalgic memorabilia about Bette Davis, who had a home here, and Eleanor Roosevelt's visit to famed Peckett's.
Mittersill Resort became Franconia's early claim-to-fame. Baron Huber von Pantz, escaped to America from the Nazi regime, modeled Franconia's premiere resort after his beloved Mittersill in Austria. Come learn more in our museum!