Family Activities:

The Fells


One of the most beautiful antique homes in New Hampshire, the grand summer cottage on the shores of Lake Sunapee was once the home of Secretary of State John Milton Hay. Tours of the house, given May through October, explore its architecture and the lives of the family who lived there. The home’s main draw, however, is its sculpted estate, full of terraced gardens, topiary animals, and a mile-long nature trail along the shore of the lake. The grounds are open even during winter and make for a pleasant hike (or snowshoeing expedition) any time of year.

Recent Traveler Reviews

Lincoln's Secretaruy

by Grant D

Estate of John Hay, Secretary to Abraham Lincoln - back in the days when men were secretaries. Tree on the estate planted by Presdient Theodore Roosevelt. Scavenger hunt to find a John Hay cigar
The John Hay Mansion - The Fells

by mtwoman2004

The tour of the house is filled with historical facts and furniture. It's especially beautiful to take the tour during the Christmas season, when the inside and the outside of the house are decorated...