If you're looking to explore the rich history of New England while seeing something off the beaten path, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire is an excellent choice. Formerly the summer residence of one of America's most prominent 19th Century sculptors, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, its history is preserved for residents and tourists alike to see.
Among other things, the site showcases over 100 of Saint-Gaudens' original works, including the sculptures which made him famous. There are also several events held here throughout the year, such as summer concerts. Those with an interest in sculpting can even take classes in the site. When you're done exploring what the site has to offer, there are even hiking trails and natural parks nearby.
Saint-Gaudens used this house as his summer residence from 1885-1897. He purchased it in 1885, and in addition to serving as a home away from home, he established a studio to focus on creating sculptures and other works. From 1900 until his death in 1907, Saint-Gaudens used this home as his primary residence. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962.
Visitors to New Hampshire who want to explore New England's regional history outside of Boston would do well to visit the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. In a state famous for its nature above all else, this site provides tourists an excellent history lesson while exploring off the beaten track.