Wolfeboro Town on Lake Winnipesaukee
Wolfeboro's town motto is "The Oldest Summer Resort in America" and it has been a popular tourist site for more than 150 years. In 1771, the colonial governor, John Wentworth, built his summer home there next to a lake.
Image Credit: New Hampshire Historical Society
Did you know that people from all over America come to New Hampshire for vacation? They are drawn to the Granite State by the beautiful scenery—the mountains, the lakes, the rivers, the valleys, the coastline, and the ocean. Thousands of people visit New Hampshire every year to hike, fish, swim, sail, and explore.
New Hampshire has been a popular tourist destination since the middle of the 19th century. And tourism has changed the state a lot. Tourists needed places to stay like hotels; they needed places to eat like restaurants; and, before the invention of cars, they needed a way to get to New Hampshire like the railroad.
So why did so many people come to New Hampshire? What did they come to see? What did they do to celebrate and remember their visit? And how did New Hampshire change to provide tourists with what they needed to make their visit enjoyable?