Tour #4 - Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH

Tour #4 – Thursday, June 19, 2014

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH

Departure: Portsmouth 8:30 AM and Durham 9:00 AM

PLEASE NOTE – PORTSMOUTH PICK-UP IS FIRST

For our viewing enjoyment, we will be traveling a southern route to Saint-Gaudens and a northern home.  On the way to our main venue, Saint Gaudens, we will be stopping first for lunch (about 11 AM) at the Common Man Restaurant in Claremont, NH which will help to break up our ride.  Our luncheon, along with warm dinner rolls w/ whipped butter and a salad of mixed field greens w/ balsamic vinaigrette dressing, will be a choice of: 1) Baked stuffed Haddock w/ Ritz crumb topping; 2) Roast turkey w/ pan gravy, cranberry sauce; and 3) Roasted vegetable three cheese Cannelloni topped w/ crème Rosa; fresh seasonal vegetable and Chef’s mashed potato; Chef’s choice of dessert, and a coffee and tea station.

After satisfying our appetites, we will continue on to Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) is one of America’s greatest sculptors.  During our tour of his home, studios and gardens, we will see over 100 of his artworks from heroic public monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which changed the look of American coinage.  Works such as the “Standing Lincoln” monument and the Shaw Memorial continue to inspire people today and his design for the 1907 Twenty Dollar Gold Piece is considered America’s most beautiful coin.

On our way home we will make a stop at Beech Hill Farm and Ice Cream Barn, a 9th generation family farm, for rest and/or a taste of one of their 75 flavors of ice creams (and frozen yogurts) or from their homestead bakery.  Also included are specialty New England products, a garden and produce center, and a wonderful assortment of farm animals.  You may want to bring a cooler.

Handicap accessibility:  We will only be touring the first floor of the house, so no stairs are necessary to climb.  There will be walking in the yard and on a trail.  So use your best judgment.  The Common Man Restaurant is handicap accessible.

The cost is $68.00 per person which includes transportation, admission to historic site, docents, luncheon, snack, taxes and gratuity (including the bus driver).

Approximate time of return: Durham 6:50 PM and Portsmouth 7:20 PM