The historic 1793 Temperance Tavern Inn, Art Gallery & Country Foods in Gilmanton

Temperance Tavern

GILMANTON — A New Hampshire architectural treasure located in the heart of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, the historic Temperance Tavern is an elegantly restored 14-room, 18th century Colonial in the center of the Gilmanton Historic District. The Tavern and the twin two-story carriage barn was built from the planks of the king’s lumber, and the six working open-hearth fireplaces, Indian window shutters and the original period wall stenciling throughout only enhance the charm and historical importance of The Tavern.

There are five well-appointed guest rooms, each with the modern conveniences and its own private bath. Two of the bedrooms have working fireplaces, and two of the other guest rooms were converted from what was once the original ballroom that at one time housed boarding students from the prestigious Gilmanton Academy (circa 1850) which was a feeder school to Dartmouth College. Another guest room was used in 1828 as a Masonic Meeting Room for Monticello Lodge #54. The room, and the fireplace andirons are decorated with Masonic emblems.

The Common Room on the second floor of The Tavern once served as the Circuit Court House with private Chambers for the judge.

The Tap Room, once a pub, functioning today as a venue for special gatherings, accommodates approximately 75 to 100 people for weddings, anniversaries, reunions and other special occasions. The booth in The Tap Room once served as the Post Office for Gilmanton, and today serves as the perfect bar.

For over 100 years, The Tavern served as the overnight stagecoach stop on the Canada to Dover Road public stagecoach line. The Tavern’s gravity-fed Spring supplies water: a 17th century battle between Native Americans and early settlers was fought over the rights of usage.

Under the ownership of Rebecca and Robert Ronstadt, “The Temperance Tavern” continues its tradition of providing lodging for travelers.

In addition, a fine art gallery is located in what was once the pub, and is the home of The Journal of the Print World, a publication devoted to antique and contemporary works of fine art on paper. Original works as well as authorized reproduction prints in all price ranges by well-known artists will be found in the gallery, including etchings, mezzotints, block prints, lithographs, solarplate etchings, spit bites, screen prints, monoprints, watercolors, paintings, digital prints and photography.

The Temperance Tavern is the site of Temperance Tavern Country Foods, an expanding line of jams, jellies, preserves, biscuit mixes, barbecue sauces, marinades, salsas, soup bases and its magnificent honey.

Located in the heart of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, The Temperance Tavern is minutes from the Canterbury Shaker Village, the New Hampshire International Speedway, Lake Winnipesaukee, and the Gunstock Mountain Ski & Recreation area. Gilmanton also is an excellent area for boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, canoeing, hiking, biking, picnics, touring and many of the activities for which New Hampshire is well known.

The Temperance Tavern is easily accessible from the state capitol at Concord, and the Manchester airport, which is only 40 minutes door to door. Tax-free New Hampshire shopping is in abundance with regard to antiques as well as two brand new outlet facilities. L. L. Bean in Concord and the Tilton Tanger Outlet Center.

The Temperance Tavern is located at 506 Province Road,  Gilmanton, NH 03237; it can be reached at 603-267-7349, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and

Peter Ferber gallery show of new artwork opens at The Art Place Aug. 12

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Peter Ferber's "Bygone Rockers" will be shown along with other brand news artworks at The Art Place in Wolfebobo Aug. 12. (Courtesy photo)


WOLFEBORO — The Art Place in downtown Wolfeboro will host its semi-annual Peter Ferber Gallery Show on Saturday, Aug. 12, featuring new original paintings by local well-known artist Peter Ferber. The unveiling and artist’s reception will commence at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend and meet the artist. The Art Place has been carrying Peter Ferber’s artwork in the gallery for over two decades now. The summer gallery show featuring new paintings by Ferber became so popular that a winter show was created in 2006.

It still amazes Barbara Gibbs, owner of The Art Place, how people line up outside the door of a gallery show for Ferber, awaiting the reveal of the artwork.

"It’s about the art," said Gibbs, "but it’s also about Peter and how he is able to capture a sense of time and place with his paintings. People relate to his creations and feel that they have been 'there' or want to be 'there.' One of my favorite earlier paintings that is now a print is called 'Any Given Day.' Most of Peter’s paintings are about this type of subject matter. On any given day you may see various elements in a Peter Ferber painting that pulls at you to stop and take notice—an egret along the shore, a set of footprints leading into the water, or three rockers on a porch. These components of the painting along with their subject matter and through his mastery of technique, touch upon my memory and give way to allowing me to be pulled into the picture. Peter captures this moment in time that tells a story and makes the viewer feel a warm, nostalgic, familiarity to the subject matter.”

When asked about his point of view Ferber said, ”One of reasons this area endears itself to so many is its timelessness. Undeniably, there are always plenty of changes, but we still find here things that have remained the same for decades, often for a lifetime. With so much change going on around us, it is understandable why we are drawn to what has not changed. It provides a stability – a sense of peace – that is so welcome. I think I can say that this is what underlies most, if not all, of my paintings. The profile of familiar mountains, the play of light on the water and into the sandy shallows of a beach have been here for eons. The porches and rockers and canoes introduced into these scenes have a history going back hundreds of years, perhaps,–certainly a part of our lives from the beginning. So this is where I reach back to for images that inspire me. This show is particularly full of beach scenes, with one on Little Whortleberry, that I have depicted before, showing up in three pieces – although you wouldn’t realize it was the same place because of the different viewpoints they have. Loons are also finding their way back into a couple of paintings, after many years of avoiding them – fearing they were becoming a cliché. Boathouses, a barn and some wooden boats are also featured – elements of the New Hampshire landscape that make us feel at home here. And I think this also points to the significance of the presence of these timeless things, and the importance of going to the trouble and extra effort to preserve them and make sure they don’t gradually or suddenly disappear. I hope the show will evoke feelings of warmth in the familiar, expressed in fresh ways that will bring a smile to the soul."

Since 1994, Peter Ferber has painted the official posters for the New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s annual show, which also comes as highly collectable artist proofs. Peter has exhibited in over 50 shows in New England and the Midwest. More than 100 reproductions of his work have been made, including over 70 limited edition prints.

A recent rebroadcast on WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicles featuring Peter Ferber has given even more awareness of Ferber’s artwork. Peter Ferber’s Gallery Show at The Art Place will be on display through Aug. 26 or as long as paintings are available. The Art Place is the exclusive gallery for Peter Ferber’s original artwork, and produces most of his limited edition prints. The Art Place is located at 9 N. Main St., downtown Wolfeboro, and is open year round. For more information, call 603 569-6159, or toll free 866 569-6159.

At League galleries, classes create appreciation for the craft

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The League of NH Craftsmen gallery in Meredith offers classes so that people can learn to make items like those in its showroom. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun) 

MEREDITH — Since joining The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen gallery in Meredith in 1989, Nancy Rowley has fallen in love with the history of the organization, with the opportunity to work with a diverse and ever-surprising group of artists, and, more recently, with the increasingly active educational programs that the gallery hosts in a small room on its second floor.

Educational outreach is part of the League's mission statement. By offering classes and lectures to the public, the League hopes to both provide an avenue for interested amateurs to explore a crafting career, and to illustrate the time, effort and expertise that goes into each item displayed at the gallery. The Meredith gallery offers a variety of classes, including basket making, pottery, jewelry and fiber arts, and lectures, such as a a talk with Nan Scull on Aug. 21 about her photographic process. But, it took some time, and commitment from the gallery, to build the program to where it is today.

The Meredith gallery is one of six League locations that offers classes. Rowley started scheduling classes in 1993, but the early years had a spotty record. Although the gallery wasn't running the classes for a profit – they aimed merely to make enough to offset the instructor's fee – they also wouldn't run them at a loss. So, if they needed five people to sign up for the class, but only four registered, the class would be canceled. This had a negative effect on the program, because if a person signed up for a class that ended up being canceled, they would be less likely to sign up again.

"I finally decided, this is never going to start if we keep canceling classes," said Rowley. She resolved to run the classes, even if it meant at a loss, to build momentum for the program.

"It's paid off, and we've been very successful for the last two years."

Upcoming classes include sign painting on Aug. 6, basketmaking on Aug. 12, woodland art weaving on Aug. 16, zentangle on Aug. 19, beginning tatting on Sept. 6 and glass suncatcher on Sept. 10. Tuition ranges from $25 to $100, and participants get to bring home the item they learned to make. The League gallery in Sandwich also holds classes. For details, visit

One of Rowley's favorite parts of her job is convinving a shopper, someone who is impressed by the creations in the gallery, to sign up for a class.

"People come in and say, 'I'm not creative, I can't make these beautiful things.' We say, yes you can." While she's working downstairs in the showroom, she hears the sounds of laughter and excitement from the classroom, and when the class is over, the participants can't wait to show her what they've made. "People are so proud of themselves, it's a very enthusiastic thing."

It's Rowley's hope that those class participants will gain a greater appreciation for the creations of the juried League members, such as those on display in the gallery. Currently, Rowley is showcasing the gold and silver creations of Deidre Donnelly, who incorporates Irish symbols into her jewelry.

"It's part of the mission," explained Rowley. "If you don't turn a person into a craftsperson, they at least gain a sense of what it is to create something."


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Ray Lagasse instructs a student in a basketmaking class. (Courtesy photo)