Lake Winnipesaukee Museum
503 Endicott Street N (Route 3)
Laconia, NH 03246
Open Tuesday-Saturday, Year Round
Smile of the Great Spirit... Beautiful Water in a High Place... the Abenaki word Winnipesaukee has come to mean so many different things to different people. Visit the Museum for the history and heritage of the big lake and discover just what Lake Winnipesaukee means to you. Visit the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society Museum today and you'll discover the "Big Lake" all over again!
Drop in for a visit and discover a new chapter in Lake Winnipesaukee history! Our goal is to preserve the history of Lake Winnipesaukee and vicinity.
- Historic Photographs
- Native American Artifacts
- Steamboat Artifacts and Models
- Stereopticon with Area Images in 3D
- Gift Shop - Take a piece of history home!
The Museum’s property is an historic landmark and represents an era which changed the way Americans spent their summer vacations — an example of the tradition of hospitality vital to the area’s history and economy since the 1800’s.
The property was purchased in 1923 by David O’Shan, a lifelong resident and long-time state legislator, who first had a poultry farm on the site. In the 1930’s, he developed the property into a cabin colony - the second one built in Laconia - as a place for visitors to stay while in the area. “Mr. Veteran,” as he was known, named the cabin colony the “Y.D. Cabins” after the “Yankee Division” of the Army in which he served during World War I.
The Museum building is the original residence and the yellow cottages nearby are part of the original cabin colony. One of the buildings is from the former Shangrila Resort. The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society purchased the property in 1999 and spent five years developing and renovating the site.