Governor Wentworth Historic Site
56 Wentworth Farm Road
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
Open daily, May-November.
At Governor Wentworth Historic Site, explore the remains* of an extensive northern plantation built just before the outbreak of the American Revolution. This site gives Wolfeboro its claim to fame as "the oldest summer resort in America."
Built by New Hampshire's second Royal Governor, John Wentworth, the mansion burned to the ground in 1820. It has been the site of an archaeological dig where artifacts** have been carefully pieced together. The artifacts reveal details about daily life and work methods of the privileged class of the period.
This site is always open for recreation. It is typically not staffed and may not be accessible during the off-season due to weather conditions. Although there are no facilities, picnicking is permitted. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.
Notes from NH Kidventures:
*The mansion no longer stands, and all that remains is a cellar hole and a well. Exploration of the cellar hole is not permitted. The surrounding area is cared for and can be used for picnicking. Please use caution with young children as there is no barrier surrounding the cellar hole.
**These artifacts are not on-site. There is an informational kiosk, but if you would like to see actual artifacts, artistic renderings of the mansion and to learn more, a small exhibit can be found at the nearby Libby Museum.