The Fells, also known as the Hay Estate, was originally the summer home of John Milton Hay, a 19th-century American statesman. It is located in Newbury, New Hampshire, on New Hampshire Route 103A, 2.2 mi (3.5 km) north of its junction with New Hampshire Route 103.HistoryJohn Hay served the United States in various capacities in a career that lasted over 40 years. He was Abraham Lincoln's private secretary during the Civil War and later a diplomat and a journalist. He became United States Secretary of State in 1898, serving in that position until his death in 1905.In the late 1880s New Hampshire farms were becoming less profitable, due to more Western competition. As a result, the state of New Hampshire stepped in and encouraged America's wealthy elite to buy up the farms and keep them afloat. In 1888, Hay bought along the shore of Lake Sunapee, with the hope of establishing a summer colony for his group of friends, known as the "Five of Hearts". After Henry Adams' wife, Clover, committed suicide, Hay reconsidered those plans. Instead, he used the land as a retreat to put distance between him and the stresses of Washington. Hay named his property "The Fells", a British term for a rocky upland pasture, due to his Scottish ancestry.Use our Newbury trip maker site to arrange your visit to The Fells and other attractions in Newbury.
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The Fells Reviews
We've been to the Fells four times and three seasons now. We've visited the gardens and toured the historic house. We've been to a wedding there and also to their November Christmas Showhouse. We've n... more »
This is not a review of a day trip to the Fells. This is my experience using the Fells as a wedding venue. The fells is a beautiful estate situated between the mountain and lake in Newbury, NH. Very l... more »
Unfortunately the house itself was closed th day we went. Hiked on of the trails that brought you down to the shore of Lake Sunapee. Toured all the beautiful gardens. If you're staying at the Mountain... more »
Our visit provided a fascinating history lesson about Abraham Lincoln, the role of the 19th century New Hampshire estates, how the railroad helped New Hampshire, and then Hay's career in Washington. The photo of Ambassador Hay at a London reception with Queen Victorian that he was one of her favorite guests says it all. The house and grounds are in immaculate condition. The staff are well schooled and great hosts and hostesses. We intend to visit again.
Interesting old house, decent tour. Nice grounds to walk around.
Wonderfully preserved historic site and artist friendly!
We had a delightful day exploring the amazing gardens at The Fells. Would definitely visit again when we are back in the area.
Love this place.
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