The seasons have their place in certain areas around the country. Nothing compares with the majestic beauty that the State of New Hampshire offers its residents, tourists, pass-through travelers, and long-time natives. Among the towns, Meredith NH is probably one that people who visit the Lakes Region know and love most! With the fall season upon us and the foliage currently at its peak, Meredith stands out as a small New England lakefront town in a league of its own.
Meredith was first granted in 1748 to a group of settlers led by Samuel Palmer. In its original form, Meredith was first known as Palmerstown with 881 residents. Today it comprises 6623 residents, many having vacation homes. The town offers multiple inns, restaurants, boutique shopping, and a beautiful boat dock that expands across the edge of the town’s waterfront. A new boardwalk developed recently by the town allows you to walk from Leavitt Park along the water’s edge right up to popular Church Landing’s Gazebo! The Church Landing hotel got its namesake from the fact that there used to be a church that sat on this hill overlooking the lake. The developers actually disassembled the church and moved some of its original pieces up the road to St Charles Borremeo Church where it still holds some of the original building today. Church Landing has taken its place on this hill and has become one of New Hampshire’s premiere wedding backdrops offering a New England feel of warmth and character all its own!
For points of interest you will find The Annalee Doll Museum (http://www.annalee.com/index.php), Meredith Children’s Museum (http://www.thezeeum.com ), Meredith Historical Society and Museum (http://www.mhsweb.org ), and The Summer Theatre in Meredith Village (http://interlakestheatre.com ). In 2008 the Winnipesaukee Playhouse (http://www.winniplayhouse.com ) originally located in Weirs Beach, acquired the Annalee Doll Museum to move its facility to a location better suited for theatre goers and participants. The doll museum is still there as well. The Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra ( http://www.lrso.org ) plays year round. You can even take a train ride for a scenic tour along the shore! For more local information visit The Meredith Chamber of Commerce (http://www.meredithareachamber.com ).
I spent some time yesterday taking pictures all over town with the energy and excitement of a child lost in time. Please enjoy the photos – and please, if you haven’t already, make Meredith your next vacation or day trip destination. You’ll be glad you did!