Franklin and Tilton
Steeped in history and located at the convergence of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee Rivers, and at the headwaters of the Merrimack River, the city of Franklin has lots to do for visitors of all ages. Neighboring Tilton adds a lot to the recreational mix.
The Daniel Webster Birthplace State Historic Site in Franklin is associated with the birth and early childhood years of Webster, one of the country’s most respected orators and statesmen. Besides providing a view of the early years of Daniel Webster, the farm also provides a glimpse of 1700s farm life in the infant years of the United States. The historic Tilton Inn was built in 1875 and has hosted a few famous guests including Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The building has burnt down three times over the years with a span of approximately 100 years separating them. One of the fires claimed the life of a 12-year-old girl named Laura, and many report ghostly encounters both upstairs in the rooms and also in the pub and restaurant!
The downtown area of the city is a bit of history on its own, and Odell Park gives visitors a look at original mill buildings, among them City Hall and the Public Library. Also in the park are ballfields, playgrounds, and a recreation center. Among the shops in downtown Franklin is the Toad Hall art gallery, which is housed in one of the downtown’s historic buildings. It provides a gathering space to showcase the arts, music, performance, and culture. Veteran’s Memorial Ski Area, a classic family ski area on Flaghole Road in Franklin, offers several trails and slopes for all abilities on a 220-foot vertical drop. A rope tow and a T-bar provide access to the mountain. There is no snowmaking, so the skiing is all natural. Night skiing is available during their Winter Carnival. The Memorial Arch of Tilton is a historic arch on Elm Street in Northfield on a hill overlooking Tilton. Standing at 55 feet tall, the arch was built by Charles Tilton in 1882, and was modeled after the Arch of Titus in Rome; its surfaces, however, modeled in the rustication that was currently a fashionable feature of Romanesque revival building. The Memorial Arch of Tilton was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Visitors can walk to the arch and view it. Shoppers shouldn’t miss the Tanger Outlet Mall on Route 3 in Tilton, a complex with dozens of stores, such as Old Navy and Bass Shoes. Heritage Farm Pancake House, Petting Farm, and Stables in Sanbornton serves a family style breakfast with farm fresh eggs, homemade pancakes and real NH Maple Syrup & Bacon. Visit the Petting Farm Animals, take a maple syrup tour and wagon ride, and don’t miss the Haunted House at Halloween. www.heritagefarmpancakehouse.com
Outdoor New England, located in Franklin can provide lessons, guided tours and everything you need to get on the river. Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield is the world’s only mountain bike specific lift-accessed mountain and is focused entirely on biking. The park has an extensive downhill, slope-style and cross-country mountain bike trail network, skill-building areas, and a 9,100-square-foot indoor training facility.
Franklin may be one of the smallest cities in New Hampshire, but it is well known as an outdoor destination by whitewater enthusiasts! Who knew?! If you are looking for a whitewater rafting experience, then visit Franklin and the Winnipesaukee River!
For more, visit:
– The city of Franklin’s website at www.franklinnh.org
– The Daniel Webster Birthplace at www.nhstateparks.com/danielwebster.html
– The Toad Hall website at www.toadhallart.com
– Veteran’s Memorial Ski Area at www.nelsap.org/nh/veteran.html
– The town of Tilton’s website at www.tiltonnh.org
– The Tanger Outlet stores at www.tangeroutlet.com/tilton
– The Highland Mountain Bike Park at www.highlandmountain.com
– Outdoor New England at http://www.outdoornewengland.com