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The Fells, Newbury

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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.
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  • What a beautiful day it was going to the Falls historical garden and estate! It is the historical home of John Hay. A former statesman that worked with Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The house i...  read more »
  • Built in the early 1900's, this charming summer home evokes the pleasures and beauty of summer in New Hampshire on Lake Sunapee. The gardens and hikes through the woods are exquisite. There are few pl...  read more »
  • Keep in mind an elderly couple would have to walk on a dirt road to get to estate about 1/2 mile in and 1/2 out. Not much for some a lot for others. Keep that in mind before you go. 
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