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Hidden History: An Easy Hike to Clear Clarence Hay's Spring-Jun 15

  • The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens 456 Route 103A Newbury, NH, 03255 United States (map)

This walk at The Fells will re-visit a virtually unknown feature of the former “Fells Farm” era during the tenure of Clarence L. Hay and Alice Appleton Hay. Hidden in the woods below gravity-fed water to fountains in the formal gardens of The Fells, nearby the shore of Sunapee Lake is a small, hidden spring of water. Like an oracle of sorts, John Hay once said, “this is where his father Clarence Hay had kept a tin cup ‘for the thirsty’ and whose waters C.L. Hay proclaimed to be ‘the finest in the State’.“ We’ll visit the spring, clear away the fallen leaves and perhaps reinstall the tin cup.

This is an easy guided walk of about 1.25 miles along The Gatehouse Link and Beech Brook trails at The Fells, with off-trail exploration along the shore of Lake Sunapee, returning uphill from the Main House to the Gate House via the driveway. Includes off-trail exploration and easy walking along trails and woods roads. Co-sponsored by Society for the Protection of NH Forests and The Fells. Members $10, nonmembers $15 per program. Meet at the Gatehouse Kiosk. Advance registration required, please register early. To register, or for more information call 603-763-4789 x3.