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There is a gatehouse at the entrance to the conservation area
and just inside it is the Lee Family cemetery
Stepping back a bit one gets a view through the trees of Lake Winnipesaukee with the Gunstock ski area in the background
A Google search on the Lee family cemetery led me to a very interesting article on the history of the Castle in the Clouds: New Insights on the History of “Castle in the Clouds”:
I crossed the dam and started down Shannon Brook Trail, which like all trails on the property is well marked with ample signsAfter the Revolutionary War settlers began to move to the valley high in the Ossipee Mountains, founding what came to be known as the “Lee Settlement” since the Lee family was the first to arrive, building their six room home in 1792. Other families followed – the Roberts, the Hornes, the Whittens, the Copps, and the Whithams. These homes were smaller, generally having only two downstairs rooms with a sleeping loft above for as many as eight to ten family members.
After a few tenths of a mile there is a large clearing to the west of the trail from which partial views can be had through the trees of the Castle in the Clouds. On Friday I noticed for the first time a cleared slope east of the trail; going up that slope gave an excellent unobstructed view of the castle
I do not know whether the slope is newly cleared or whether I just failed to observe it on my previous hikes.
I took a few photos along the Brook Walk, and have added them to my previous post Waterfalls Along Shannon Brook. On returning to the pond I spent some time photographing the sculptures of a family of foxes
Many more photos of the foxes here!
I next hiked about a mile up the Mount Roberts Trail to the signed outlook
The best views are to the south over Lake Winnipesaukee, with Gunstock Mountain prominent on the opposite shore. There are still traces of snow visible
While most of the southern slopes of the Ossipee mountains are wooded there seemed to be single farm
It was a cold and windy day so I did not stay long. Emerging from the woods I noticed Gunstock Mountain behind the red barn
All in all a very enjoyable short outing!