Conservancy

Enjoying Lucknow’s Winter Wonderland

By: Mackenzie M. Padula, 12/29/2020
Piled snow near plowed section with mountains and cloudy sky in background.
Lucknow’s Trolley Circle after the 12/17/2020 storm. Photo by: Al Sochard, Director of Buildings & Grounds
Conditions

New Hampshire (NH) winters can be brutal between snow, freezing temperatures and high winds. Winters can be so extreme that during the winter of 1813, Ebenezer Horne (who lived on Castle in the Clouds property prior to Tom purchasing the land in 1912) died feet from his home but unable to make it inside.

Traveling

Managing the estate road winding from Route 171 to Lucknow mansion would have been a burdensome task with the snow and ice. We understand that groundskeepers would have used an ice roller to pack down the snow and ice on the road, then Tom and Olive, as well as their staff and guests, would use horse and sleigh to navigate rather than their cars.

Entertainment

The extent of Tom and Olive’s estate would have allowed them to relax with some ease during the winter months. Ledgewood Farm would have provided most food for them, and other ingredients that could not be grown or foraged on the property, like flour or sugar would’ve been stocked in the various pantry spaces in the basement. The 6300-acre estate provided the perfect opportunity for Tom and Olive to cross country ski, snowshoe, and ice skate. We understand that Tom was an accomplished ice skater when he was younger!

Today

Our property is open to hikers, snowshoers and cross country skiers to access LRCT’s hiking trails on the property. These trails are open dawn-dusk, daily. However, please note that public hiker parking will be limited this winter to the designated hiker parking lot at the top of Ossipee Park Road, across from the CG Roxanne water bottling plant.  Parking in non-designated areas is not allowed and may lead to your vehicle being towed.  Additionally, the historic entry road to the Castle Estate will remain open for winter hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.  We do ask that anyone enjoying winter recreation on the estate grounds please respect the No Trespassing area surrounding the Carriage House and Castle.  This area is closed to the public at this time.

 

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Winter dining and snowmobile access to the Carriage House are not available this winter. Click here to learn about other ways to enjoy the trails!
Please be sure to read this note on our limited hiker parking.

Winter dining and snowmobile access to the Carriage House are not available this winter. Click here to learn about other ways to enjoy the trails!
Please be sure to read this note on our limited hiker parking.