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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