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“My Favorite Place in the Upper Valley”

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Cornish
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Once the home of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, this beautiful home and garden is now open to the public for free concerts and picnics.
Reviewed August 27, 2012

This weekend, I was here at Saint-Gaudens again for the last of the summer concerts. These Sunday afternoon concerts have been fabulous, and they are free to visitors, along with the cost of admission! Moonlight Over Vermont was the title of this jazz concert: a first for Saint-Gaudens, as the series usually feature chamber music by some well-known duos, trios, quartets, or even quintets. If this national historic site can add jazz to its annual repertoire, I think it will attract even more visitors. Certainly, the place swung on Sunday.

I won't repeat all of the superlatives for Saint-Gaudens by other reviewers, but, suffice to say, the setting and the views of Mount Ascutney from here are just stunning. I never tire of the place or of these views, whether from the terrace of the house or from the terrace of the main studio. What not is there to love? The charming historic house (a former inn), the studios, the sculpture, the outhouses (with a small collection of carriages), the gardens, the grounds (with an avenue of birches), and the atmosphere of a by-gone era. You cannot be bored!

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

What a beautiful area. Great buildings and great structures. They have some excellent hiking trails as well. We visit here a few times a year for different seasonal photo sessions. Absolutely stunning :)

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

The art, the grounds, and the history at Saint-Gaudens should not be missed. We will most definitely be going back as the main attraction. I did not realize how much time we would want to spend here and only allowed a couple of hours. Next time we will go early and leasurely take in this beautiful place. But, even if you only spare a couple of hours - GO! You will enjoy recognizing some of his iconic art.

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Absolutely worth the trip. I had always wanted to go, and since we were staying in Portsmouth, I decided to take the trip. It is filled with his incredibly beautiful sculptures, and to spend time in the house where they lived, looking at the views that must have inspired his art, was most worthwhile. I highly recommend it.

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Reviewed July 12, 2012

I join other reviewers in praising this site--its beautiful grounds set in New Hampshire woods, the interesting house where Saint Gaudens lived and worked a century ago in the summers of his later years, and the fabulous exhibition of some of his famous and should-be -famous works. You could spend the whole day there. To see the bronze casting of the Robert Shaw Memorial sculpture is to discover rare and moving beauty, especially if you had only seen the cast on exhibit in Washington DC. There are also a version of the Diana, Admiral Farragut, and the Adams Memorial, plus reliefs and coins and more. You don't have to be an art scholar to enjoy this stuff--it's meant to represent real life, and it does. Or, just visit the site for a picnic--the grounds are shady and spacious and picnic tables are provided.
One warning: take water with you. The Saint Gaudens National Historical Site wants to discourage the use of plastic bottles and so its website says that ample water is available. It is, but it's a long walk between the two fountains, one at either end of the exhibits. Also the gift shop does not have great post cards, so you might take a camera for pictues of what you've seen.

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