Acres of Sculpture – Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

March 26th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

The Shaw Memorial at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

The Shaw Memorial at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
photo: Beth Stiner

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is is New Hampshire’s only national park and, as one of the least-visited parks in the country, apparently somewhat of a secret. Come see what you’ve been missing!

You may not recognize the name of Augustus Saint-Gaudens – but you’ll undoubtedly recognize his work. Saint-Gaudens created over 150 works of art in his lifetime, many of which remain iconic: The Shaw Memorial, Standing Lincoln, the Sherman Monument, the $20 Double Eagle gold piece. The list goes on and on.

Most of these famous pieces can be found in galleries and public spaces around the world … or just a short drive from our Woodstock B&B, in Cornish, NH.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848 – 1907) was an American sculptor primarily known for his Civil War hero monuments. Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site preserves the sculptor’s home, gardens, and studios. The estate was just his summer home from 1885 to 1897, but became his residence from 1900 until his death in 1907.

Over time, Saint-Gaudens’ presence attracted other artists to the area, creating what became known as the Cornish Colony. Isadora Duncan, Maxfield Parrish, and others moved in, their properties soon connected by trails that can still be walked to this day.

More importantly, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site exhibits over 100 of the sculptor’s works. While most of his original pieces are located around the globe, Saint-Gaudens’ cast full-size reproductions for his estate. The collection also showcases original Saint-Gaudens pieces found nowhere else.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site grounds feel like an outdoor gallery. A series of strategic hedges create separate spaces to display one or more of the artist’s famous sculptures.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is more than just sculpture. Visitors will enjoy the manicured gardens, Roman-style atrium, pools, walkways, and fountains. You can also tour the sculptor’s home and studio. A visitor’s center offers maps, historical information, and a gift shop.

The site offers a variety of guided tours, no reservations needed. The site also regularly hosts summer concerts, sculpture classes, and other special events.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

139 Saint Gaudens Road, Cornish, New Hampshire, 03745
Open the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to October 31st.
Park buildings are open daily, from 9am to 4:30pm, the grounds until dusk.
Learn more at www.nps.gov

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