Celebrate Veterans Day in the White Mountains This Year

Posted by Katelyn Michaud on Oct 29, 2018 9:56:52 AM
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Veterans Day is quickly approaching. The White Mountains are rich in Veterans history from the non-military Civilian Conservation Corps to the thousands of men and women who have served in the military since the Revolutionary War. Discover and honor our deep history while enjoying the beauty of the White Mountains before the snow starts to fly. 

This blog post is part of "The Guide to Fall Activities in The White Mountains" blog series.


Veterans History in the White Mountains

 

Soldiers Park 

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Located just off Daniel Webster Highway in the small mountain town of North Woodstock, lies a small grassy park dedicated to our veterans. Soldiers Park contains a lovely wooden gazebo and several memorials in honor of all our veterans who have fought in our nation’s wars. Each memorial contains the names of local North Woodstock residents who have fought for our country with some names dating back to the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

 

Civilian Conservation Corps

Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1942 for young unemployed, unmarried men aged 18-25. Many of the CCC members went on to serve in World War II. During the CCC’s tenure, many of their projects included helping reforest America with three billion trees, constructed trails and lodges within many state parks, and build networks of service buildings and public roadways in remote areas. 

 

You’ll find numerous CCC projects throughout the White Mountains. Moose Brook State Park near Gorham, New Hampshire, was built by the CCC and was open to the public in 1936. Using natural materials found in the White Mountains, the CCC built cabins, bridges, trails, and more throughout the park. Other projects the CCC helped build include Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett, Cannon Mountain Ski Area in Franconia, and the road through Evan’s Notch. While the CCC men were not all veterans, they deserve our respect and honor for the work they did during the Great Depression. 

 

What to Do on Veterans Day Weekend 

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If you have a long weekend, celebrate the long holiday weekend in the mountains. Just an easy two-hour drive from Boston and Portland, Maine, the western White Mountains is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Base yourself at the RiverWak Resort where you can enjoy all the modern amenities in your own suite. Each suite has a gourmet kitchen, fireplace, and a luxury bed. You may not even want to leave your room!

RiverWalk Resort suites

Wake up early on Saturday and enjoy a brisk hike on one of the many nearby hiking days. Lincoln Woods Trail is always one of the favorites, but if you’re looking for a longer hike, check out our fall hiking guide. Spend the afternoon wine tasting delicious locally made wine at Seven Birches Winery located in the heart of the RiverWalk Resort. The “Meet the Winemakers” winery tour is a great way to learn how wine is made from the grape to the bottle. You can ask the winemaker all those wine questions you’ve been dying to know. 

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If you have young kids or are a train enthusiast yourself, head to Conway and take a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad. Veterans and active military members can ride free on Saturday, November 10th. The Valley Train runs almost daily from April through December.

Hop on a vintage 1920s train and depart from the historic 1874 train station in North Conway and ride all the way to either Conway or Bartlett and back again. After a scenic train ride through the mountains, hit up the outlet shops in North Conway and get yourself ready for the cold weather that’s coming. 

dining in lincoln woodstock

There’s plenty of great places to eat in Lincoln and Woodstock. Create your own brewery tour and taste some of the delicious local brews from One Love Brewery, Woodstock Station Inn & Brewery, or head a little north to Schilling Beer Company. Spend a day exploring one of America’s Best Main Streets in Littleton, just a short ride north through the Notch. Stop by Chutters if you have a sweet tooth and catch a concert at the Loading Dock

This blog post is part of "The Guide to Fall Activities in The White Mountains" blog series.

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Whatever you choose to do over Veterans Day weekend, make it a fun and relaxing one in the White Mountains. If you can't make it up Veteran's Day Weekend, don’t forget to check out our Special Offers at RiverWalk that run through the end of November!

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Topics: Fall, Family Friendly, Outdoor Activities, Kid-Free