The only site in New Hampshire administered by the National Park Service (NPS) is dedicated to Augustus Saint-Gaudens, an Irish born immigrant that studied art in Paris and Rome. On this country estate he utilized beginning in 1885, he converted a barn into his sculpture studio. Other artists flocked to “Aspet” until his death in 1907.
Home and sculptures of famous 19th-century artist, sculptor-in-residence program
A tour ticket is required to enter the house and is included with your admission fee. While you are waiting, explore the many marble, plaster, and bronze castings of Saint-Gaudens’ work located around the property, including his famous Shaw Memorial whose original can still be found in Boston. A new cast of one of his Abraham Lincoln statues was added in 2016 during the NPS Centennial.
The quarter-mile Ravine Trail starts at the Ravine Studio, the workshop of the sculptor-in-residence. Blow-Me-Down Trail runs 2 miles between the Temple and a swimming hole.
Take a photo of “Aspet” house from the porch of Little Studio framed by the vine-draped arbor.
Summer as exhibit buildings are closed November through late May
$10 per adult or America the Beautiful pass
All roads paved, but parking is limited.
None at this park, but Mt. Ascutney State Park is short drive away across the border in Vermont.
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