Published DateMOULTONBOROUGH– The Moultonborough United Methodist Women have received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to host the program 'Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire'.
This talk will be presented by Cristina Ashjian on Thursday, May 23, at 7 PM at the Moultonborough Public Library, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the program.
In the early 20th century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a drive to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the state's promotional "New Hampshire Farms for Summer Homes" publication between 1902 and 1913.
Using historic images and texts, Ashjian discusses well-known estates now open to the public such as The Fells on Lake Sunapee, The Rocks in Bethlehem, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. The presentation will explore the architecture and scope of various country houses, and examine the fate of significant private estates showcased in the state literature.
Ashjian will also discuss Moultonborough properties featured in "New Hampshire Farms for Summer Homes," including Roxmont, Sheridan Farm, and Kona Farm.
Ashjian is an art historian and independent scholar based in Moultonborough, where she is presently the chair of the Moultonborough Heritage Commission. She holds an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and a PhD in Modern Art and Architecture from Northwestern University.
The host organization, the Moultonborough United Methodist Women, founded in 1840, promotes and participates in programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world through a creative and supportive fellowship.