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Weeks Estate
Weeks State Park
WeeksStatePark TowerView1.jpg
View from stone tower on Weeks Estate
LocationUS 3, Lancaster, New Hampshire, United States
Coordinates44°27?01?N 71°34?14?W / 44.45028°N 71.57056°W / 44.45028; -71.57056Coordinates: 44°27?01?N 71°34?14?W / 44.45028°N 71.57056°W / 44.45028; -71.57056[1]
Area446 acres (180 ha)[2]
Elevation2,014 feet (614 m)[1]
Established1941
Administered byNew Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation
DesignationNew Hampshire state park
WebsiteWeeks State Park
Weeks Estate
WeeksStatePark Lodge.jpg
The Weeks Lodge
Area2.9 acres (1.2 ha)
Built1912 (1912)
Architectural styleBungalow/Craftsman
NRHP reference No.85001190
Added to NRHPJune 6, 1985[3]

The Weeks Estate is a historic country estate on U.S. Route 3 in Lancaster, New Hampshire. Built in 1912 for John Wingate Weeks, atop Prospect Mountain overlooking the Connecticut River, it is one of the state's best preserved early 20th-century country estates. It was given to the state by Weeks' children, and is now Weeks State Park. It features hiking trails, expansive views of the countryside from the stone observation tower, and a small museum in the main estate house. A small portion of property at the mountain summit was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[3]

Setting

The former Weeks Estate occupies a 420-acre (170 ha) parcel south of Lancaster's town center, on the east side of Route 3. It consists of the entirety of Prospect Mountain, a low peak that at 2,037 feet (621 m) above sea level is the highest on a short ridge running east from the Connecticut River. Most of the park consists of woods, with cleared scenic pullouts on Route 3, and the intermittently operated Mount Prospect Ski Tow, a small ski area on the western slope of the mountain. A narrow auto road, about 2 miles (3.2 km) in length, provides access from Route 3 to the summit area, where the estate buildings are located. There are parking pullouts at several points along the auto road, from which there are views of the Connecticut River and the White Mountains.

Estate buildings

The estate complex at the summit of Prospect Mountain includes the main house, a carriage house, a stone tower, and servants' quarters. The main house is a two-story frame structure, finished in stucco in an eclectic combination of the Tudor and Spanish Mediterranean Revivals. It is covered by a clipped gable roof of red tile, and has half-timbering in the English country style. This styling is continued in the carriage house and servants' quarters, although their roofs are asphalt shingle. The circular stone tower, originally fitted with a central water storage tank, is open to the public, and provides expansive 360° views of the countryside. The main house has a museum with displays on the history of the Weeks family and the involvement of Weeks in the early 20th-century conservation movement.[4]

History

John Wingate Weeks, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and a Lancaster native, began purchasing land on Prospect Mountain, near the historic family lands. The auto road was built in 1912, as was the main house. Weeks was a driving force in the passage of the Weeks Act in 1911, allowing for the establishment of national forests in the eastern United States, including the White Mountain National Forest, visible from the summit area. Weeks went on to serve as United States Secretary of War in the 1920s. This property was given to the state of New Hampshire in 1941 by Weeks' children,[5] and the summit area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "John Wingate Weeks Historic Site". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "State Lands" (PDF). New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development. July 2007. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "The Weeks Estate". NPGallery. National Park Service. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ Mrs. James Lawrence and Mr. James Garvin (August 1984). "The Weeks Estate". NRHP Nomination Form. National Park Service. Retrieved 2017.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Weeks State Park". New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 2020.

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