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“If you are going to Sugar Hill, NH....be sure to stop by the Museum”

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Sugar Hill Historical Museum
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

You must check the hours of operation first because it is mostly a tourist season museum and is closed for the winter to refurbish, prepare new displays and to give the volunteer staff some break time. Mostly under the direction of Catherine Peckett Bigelow with her many volunteers who staff this three room/two building display of memorabilia acquired from many residents and friends, each season a refreshing new and different approach is taken to display the history and artifacts of a small, rural town in north-western New Hampshire. Sugar Hill has been an independent town for just over 50 years, but has a history reaching back into the 1700's. Located beside the Town Hall Offices and across the street from Harmon's Cheese store it is easy to park in our spacious lot and cross over to see the many great offereings in the Cheese Store. Less than two miles to the east is the very popular Polly's Pancake Parlor where pancakes, waffles and many sweets are offered as you sit and take in the scenery afforded by the Franconia Range of the White Mountains, just across the valley. I live "just up the road".

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Small, but full of interesting information, and wonderful people. We visit annually and are amazed that they manage to change the theme each year. Happy 50th Birthday, Sugar Hill! 2012 marked the Town's birthday, the youngest town to be incorporated in the State of New Hampshire!

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Reviewed May 31, 2012

Interesting history of a 7-generation Sugar Hill family and of the town.

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Reviewed October 19, 2005

The Sugar Hill Historical Museum is a perfect side trip for day trippers touring the Western White Mountains. Most visitors can tour the museum and get the gist of it in about an hour. An all-volunteer staff works hard to change exhibit highlights annually and to make your visit very friendly and as informative as you want. As you might expect given its location in a village of 500, the museum features highlights of mountain village life from Sugar Hill's settlement at the end of the 18th century through relatively modern times. Themes have included iron mining, the various grand resort hotels of the mountains, farming and for 2005, a womans work c. 1880. For amateur and professional historians alike, there is an incredible archive of local information available on an appointment basis (Donations greatly appreciated I'm sure). On site there's also a small gift shop with very reasonable pricing. The only liability to the museum is it keeps limited hours and is only open seasonally (roughly Memorial Day to Columbus Day).
A great plus to the museum is that it is VERY near other interesting places to visit. Across the road is Harmon's Cheese Shop (Sugar Hill's former general store), the Sugar Hill Post Office (heated with wood in winter!) and the Meeting House with a classic New England tree-shaded yard. Next to the museum is the town hall with a great children's play ground in back. Up hill, there's the Sugar Hill Sampler, a large gift shop having its own museum (free). And at the crest of the hill are some of the best accessible mountain views east of the Rockies and on Sunset Hill Road there's perhaps the most famous lupine field in the world (best in mid June) as well as NH's oldest 9-hole golf course. Nearby towns such as Franconia and Littleton offer a similiar density of interesting diversions.

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