Friday, July 26, 2013

Saint-Gaudens + Edgewater Farm

Yesterday it felt like we just could not go wrong. After our jawdropping visit to the farm in Cornish, NH, we stopped by Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site on a tip from the farm's owners. We had the dogs with us, so we couldn't go inside the buildings, but once we stepped inside the grounds we did not want to leave. The estate includes an atrium, bowling green, extensive gardens, walking trails, a stable and ice house, numerous studios and galleries, a temple, and a pond.

The site is the former home of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), the son of a French shoemaker and his Irish wife who emigrated to New York City when Augustus was an infant. Augustus grew up to be a prominent sculptor and artist, eventually teaching and traveling the world to work on commissioned art. In 1885 he came to Cornish to rent an old inn for the summer and loved it so much that he eventually bought it in 1892. The site is now a national park, and has been preserved beautifully. For more info, check out the website.

And now a few pictures!

↓ The "Little Studio" building
↓ The main house, known as Aspet

↓ Courtyard inside one of the galleries

↓ The grounds had beautiful long range views

↓ The giant honey locust tree in front of the main house was planted in 1886
After our visit at Saint-Gaudens, we stopped at Edgewater Farm Stand in Plainfield, NH to browse their beautiful greenhouse and have lunch. Edgewater has one of the nicest farm stands I've ever been to. Their produce is displayed in beautiful terra cotta pots, and the building has high, wood beam ceilings with a number of large sky lights. I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

It was a pretty fantastic day all around. If you ever find yourself in the Cornish, NH area, both Saint-Gaudens and Edgewater Farm are lovely spots worth taking time to see. We have already promised ourselves to make it back to Saint-Gaudens on a day we can leave the dogs at home and spend all afternoon exploring.

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  1. Loved the tour, thank you for sharing!

  2. Wow! Amazing photos all around. I read a great book about Saint-Gaudens and other Americans who went to Paris to study in the late 1800s (The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris historian David McCullough), but I had no idea he had a house in New Hampshire! Beautiful spot.

  3. Emily - I'll have to check out that book! If you are ever in NH check out Saint-Gaudens. My photos don't do it justice. Have a great day!

  4. The produce was so colorful and lovely! I could just taste it...thanks so much for the photos of the grand house!