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Once Lake Sunapee's train terminus, now it's the closest town to Mount Sunapee and its fine State Beach.


The tiny town of Newbury, 6.4 miles (10 km) southeast of Sunapee Harbor, New Hampshire, is a tourist mecca in summer for several good reasons:

—It's the closest town to Mount Sunapee State Park & Beach.

—It has its own Newbury Harbor Town Beach that's great for kids (and not bad for adults).

—It has restaurants and ice cream shops.

Newbury was once a very busy town indeed. In the 19th and early 20th century, up to 10 trains a day arrived here from the cities bringing vacationers who would then proceed to their lakeshore hotels by steam launch.

The Fells Estate

In 1891, diplomat and statesman John Milton Hay (1838-1905), private secretary to President Abraham Lincoln, then Secretary of State for presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, built a 22-room Colonial Revival summer home on a large forested estate by the shores of Lake Sunapee northeast of Newbury.

The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, now open to the public, offers house tours, formal and informal gardens and nature trails on 84 acres. The property adjoins the John Hay National Wildlife Refuge, an additional 80 acres established as a reservation for wildlife and migratory birds. More...

That Caboose...

A bright red caboose just northwest of the town center by the Tourist Information kiosk commemorates Newbury's railroad terminus era.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Town Beach swim dock, Newbury Harbor, New Hampshire

Town Beach swim dock, Newbury Harbor.




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