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Description - Governor Wentworth Historic Site rests on a 96-acre site located in the Lakes Travel Region east of Lake Wentworth that lies immediately east of New Hampshire's largest lake, Lake Winnipesaukee. This location was once the summer estate of Royal Governor John Wentworth, the last of New Hampshire's Colonial Governors. John Wentworth was an instrumental figure in the birth of the College of Dartmouth, the establishment of New Hampshire's political regions and the initial network of roads across the state. His estate burned in 1820 and today, all that remains is evidence of the cellar hole. Back in the 1980's, archeologists explored this area. Today, it serves as a picnic location.

Attractions - Wentworth State Park is located several miles north along the same route, 109, offering day use amenities that include a summer swimming beach, picnic grove and a boat launch. Both sites rest on the glassy Lake Wentworth which is a 3,017 acre lake supporting a healthy population of smallmouth bass, white perch, pickerel, horned pout and rainbow trout. Directly across the lake from Governor Wentworth Historic Site rests the Wright Museum of American Enterprise in Wolfeboro. This interesting museum is a wonderful tribute to the World War II veterans and their families. It features scenes of American life from 1939 to 1945. The museum houses authentic uniforms, vehicles, periodicals and other memorabilia. It also has one of the finest collections of World War II jeeps, tanks and command cars.

Recreation - Picnicking is the only recreation enjoyed at this historic site besides viewing the single remnant of John Wentworth's estate.

Climate - 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 - From Wolfeboro travel north on SR 28 approximately 3 miles. Turn right (southeast) onto SR 109 and travel about 1 mile to the historic site.

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Contact Information:
Governor Wentworth Historic Site, c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd , Concord, NH, 03302, Phone: 603-436-1552

Additional Information:
Lakes Travel Region - Home to the massive Lake Winnipesaukee and other large lakes have given this region its name. From summer fishing and swimming to winter ice fishing and even ice auto racing make this area a fun place to visit.
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.
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 State Parks - Official New Hampshire State Parks Website


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