Weeks State Park, Whitefield

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The Weeks Estate is a historic country estate on U.S. Route 3 in Lancaster, New Hampshire. Built in 1912 for John Wingate Weeks, atop Prospect Mountain overlooking the Connecticut River, it is one of the state's best preserved early 20th-century country estates. It was given to the state by Weeks' children, and is now Weeks State Park. It features hiking trails, expansive views of the countryside from the stone observation tower, and a small museum in the main estate house. A small portion of property at the mountain summit was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.SettingThe former Weeks Estate occupies a 420acre parcel south of Lancaster's town center, on the east side of Route 3. It consists of the entirety of Prospect Mountain, a low peak that at above sea level is the highest on a short ridge running east from the Connecticut River. Most of the park consists of woods, with cleared scenic pullouts on Route 3, and the intermittently operated Mount Pleasant Ski Tow, a small ski area on the western slope of the mountain. A narrow auto road, about 2mi in length, provides access from Route 3 to the summit area, where the estate buildings are located. There are parking pullouts at several points along the auto road, from which there are views of the Connecticut River and the White Mountains.Estate buildingsThe estate complex at the summit of Prospect Mountain includes the main house, a carriage house, a stone tower, and servants' quarters. The main house is a two-story frame structure, finished in stucco in an eclectic combination of the Tudor and Spanish Mediterranean Revivals. It is covered by a clipped gable roof of red tile, and has half-timbering in the English country style. This styling is continued in the carriage house and servants' quarters, although their roofs are asphalt shingle. The circular stone tower, originally fitted with a central water storage tank, is open to the public, and provides expansive 360° views of the countryside. The main house has a museum with displays on the history of the Weeks family and the involvement of Weeks in the early 20th-century conservation movement.
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  • I live in the area and never tire coming to Weeks State Park. If you don't feel like the hike, then grab a pizza in Whitefield or Lancaster, take the drive up the mountain, and have dinner with a view...  more »
  • My husband and I recently visited Weeks State Park during a stay in New Hampshire. We had hoped to hike at Crawford Notch but recent rains washed out sections of Rt. 302 and other routes making it vir...  more »
  • It's worth the hike to the top, believe me! What a view! Everything was closed at this time of year, but you could walk the 1.5 miles to the top instead of drive. There are plenty of places to stop an...  more »
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  • Amazing views, unique architecture for New England. Historic building was in need of preservation and was closed to the public in peak foliage. Tower was open which provides sweeping views.
  • A must stop place for any my foliage trip!!! The views are amazing. The tour is worth taking.
  • Drive or hike up the narrow paved road to the top of Prospect Mountain to visit Weeks State Park (road closed in winter ). Enjoy 360 deg views from the top of the stone fire tower. Take narrated tour of the house built by Weeks for a small fee. Top floor is totally open with picture window views of the surroundings. Very peaceful place to have picknic or hike around.
  • A very nice state park, great views from the fire tower. A great place to stop when visiting the North Country.
  • Absolutely fantastic location, well preserved. Fire tower is very cool.
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