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Friday, July 05, 2013

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

The park is located at 139 Saint Gaudens Road Cornish, New Hampshire, 03745 This is just off of NH route 12A, 12 miles south of West Lebanon, NH

Entrance Fees: We got in for free with our pass. An entrance fee of $5.00 per person is charged for visitors age 16 and over. The receipt is valid for seven days and may be used for re-entry to the park. America the Beautiful Passes including the Annual Pass, Senior Pass (for ages 62 and older, formerly called the Golden Age Pass), Access Pass, and the new Active Military Annual Pass, are honored for entrance to the site. An annual park pass, specifically for Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, is available for $25. As a "walk in" park, these passes allow the pass holder and three other adults entry to the park (must be present at the time, with passholder).

Recently John and I visited the home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors. We saw over 100 of his artworks in the galleries and on the grounds, from heroic public monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which changed the look of American coinage. It was a great way to spend the day!

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), created over 150 works of art. My favorite of his bronze sculptures is the "Standing Lincoln" monument.

Standing Lincoln

The Shaw Memorial remains one of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens' most stirring and celebrated masterpieces and is considered by some to be America's greatest public monument. It also took him the longest sculpture to complete; 14 years until the unveiling in Boston in 1897.

Shaw Memorial

The sculpture's origins began after the battle of Fort Wagner, when men of the 54th proposed a memorial to Shaw near the Fort and the mass burial site. Shaw's father suggested at that time "The monument, though originated for my son, ought to bear, with his, the names of his brave officers and men, who fell and were buried with him." Because of local hostility, and the unstable ground, the memorial was never erected. The funds went instead, to the first free school for African American children in Charleston, which was named for Shaw.

My favorites are the exquisitely carved cameos, and his design for the 1907 Twenty Dollar Gold Piece, is considered America's most beautiful coin.

The grounds of the estate are lovely. We ate our lunch near the patio, and enjoyed the views of Mt. Ascutney.

John on the West Porch of the Home.

The museum was not at all crowded, and a pleasure to walk through.

Jackie in the Small Gallery.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LINDAKAY228 7/5/2013 1:19PM

    It looks so interesting and the view and grounds do look beautiful! How wonderful to have that so close to you and the cost is so low it gives access to so many people.

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/5/2013 11:10AM

    Wow, you live in an incredible area. So much history in that part of the country too! Ok a "must visit" place on my bucket list!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/5/2013 10:46AM

    Enjoying the tours! HUGS and smiles and THANKS!

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CAPECODLIGHT 7/5/2013 8:59AM

    Thank you. I wasn't even aware of this museum. I have walked by the sculpture of the 54th in Boston many time - thanks for the additional background.

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WILSONWR 7/5/2013 8:23AM

    Thanks for all the great tours!!

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MICKEYH 7/5/2013 8:06AM

    Thanks for taking me to the beautiful tour. Loved it!!

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NUTRON3 7/5/2013 7:44AM

    Looks fantastic!

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MSLZZY 7/5/2013 7:40AM

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing! HUGS!

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GRAMMYEAC 7/5/2013 7:28AM

    I love this National Historic Site. The grounds are fantastic; the galleries are wonderful. What a treasure we have in NH!

We go there occasionally (probably once or twice a summer). I've never experienced crowds there, other than when I go with a class of students.

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PHEBESS 7/5/2013 7:00AM

    Very interesting! (And I LOVE the Shaw Memorial - have only seen the one at the National Gallery in WA DC, but I believe there is a copy somewhere in NH or something.)

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SANDRALEET 7/5/2013 6:58AM

    love art and nature

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SWEETNEEY 7/5/2013 6:56AM

    Lovely Tour

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JSTETSER 7/5/2013 6:03AM

    This was a day that I will never forget because of the beauty of the art and the surroundings.

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