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 meaningful today to everyone who has lost a loved one in the tragedy of war. 


Threshing device

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.

Handmade and embroidered, these heirlooms have been passed down and are kept in pristine condition behind glass. Please enjoy what the history of matrimonial happiness!

History burns hot


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. This icon still stands today and we're more than happy to give you directions to visit!

presidential ties


Learn about President Eisenhower's visit in 1955 and how Sugar Hill, settled in 1780, became New Hampshire's newest town in 1962. President Eisenhowser's Message in the White Mountains was delivered at Franconia Notch on June 24th, 1955, commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the discovery of the Old Man in the Mountains!

it's all downhill from here


Did you know Sugar Hill had the first organized ski school in America? Come explore the early world of skiing!

movie magic


Enjoy nostalgic memorabilia about Bette Davis, who had a home here, and Eleanor Roosevelt's visit to famed Peckett's. Ask us all about the legends and history of Bette's time spent in Sugar Hill  and in the White Mountains!

always a safe haven


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!