Discover Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

July 12th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

“Robert Gould Shaw Memorial detail” by Jarek Tuszyński is licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Augustus Saint-Gaudens created some of America’s most iconic and quintessentially American sculptures. The Shaw Memorial, the Sherman Monument, the Double Eagle $20 gold piece, Standing Lincoln, and more. Come see his work and home up close and in detail at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, in Cornish, is New Hampshire’s only national park – and also one of the country’s least-visited.

This fact is both a real shame and also a bit of a plus.

It’s a shame because many of the pieces Saint-Gaudens created during his lifetime are on display in the park. On the other hand, lower attendance means a more pleasant, less crowded visit!

So Close By

Saint-Gaudens’ is located in Cornish, NH – just a half hour’s drive from our Woodstock VT bed and breakfast, Deer Brook Inn.

The drive is a lovely one, too. It takes you through Windsor, VT and one of the world’s longest covered bridges: the Cornish–Windsor Covered Bridge.

Windsor, VT is also home to Harpoon Brewery, a Simon Pearce outlet, Great River Outfitters, and 5 other unique businesses, all located in Artisans Park.

Be sure to make time for a stop – you won’t regret it!

Visiting Saint-Gaudens

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site preserves the home, gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848 – 1907). The estate was the artist’s summer home from 1885 to 1897. He moved here permanently in 1900 and remained until his death.

Though most of the original pieces are scattered around the globe, the sculptor had full-size reproductions placed around his estate. Even more exciting, the estate collection also includes Saint-Gaudens works found nowhere else!

The park exhibits over 100 of the sculptor’s works in an outdoor gallery formed by a series of strategic hedges. Saint-Gaudens also includes manicured gardens, pools, walkways, fountains, and a Roman-style atrium. The sculptor’s home and studio may also be viewed.

Guided tours at the park require no reservations and the site regularly hosts concerts, classes, and other special events. A visitor’s center on site offers maps, historical information, and a variety of unique gifts.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

139 Saint Gaudens Road, Cornish, New Hampshire, 03745

Park Hours: Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend through October 31st. Park buildings are open daily, from 9am to 4:30pm. Grounds are open until dusk. Learn more online at the park website.

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