The Town of Wolfeboro, NH is known as “The oldest Summer Resort in America” For centuries, people have made Wolfeboro their point of destination for getting away to relax and having a great time. Our Summers are what we are best know for, but year round we have plenty of activities to keep you as occupied as you want to be. Whether you take a walk to nearby Lake Winnipesaukee, or hit the slopes at Abenaki Ski Area, there are countless activiteis to keep you busy located within a few miles of our B&B.
The Town of Wolfeboro was granted on October 5, 1759, settled in 1768, and incorporated in 1770. It was granted by Governor John Wentworth and named for General Wolfe who was the hero of the Battle of Quebec. The fact that Wentworth built a mansion on Smith Pond (now Lake Wentworth) is the basis for Wolfeboro’s claim as the oldest summer resort in America.
Wolfeboro began as a farming community with the activity center being Dimon’s Corner. This settlement was on the stage route from Dover to Conway. Lumber and the growth and sales of apple products was a large part of early industry. Wolfeboro Falls became know as “Slab City” for wood related activities carried on there. Wood products remained a major local industry until the early 20th century.
For many years the “bridge” or downtown Wolfeboro was not the center of activity. Separate entities developed around Dimon’s Corner, Goose Corner, South Wolfeboro, Pleasant Valley, Wolfeboro Falls and Wolfeboro Center.
Beyond lumber and agriculture other industries came to Wolfeboro over the years commencing in the last half of the 19th century. These have included woolen blankets, shoes, clay pipes, excelsior, dairy products, pewter, clothes, etc.
With the end of the Civil War and the building of the Wolfeboro R.R. in 1872, the tourist industry began to flourish. The Pavilion, the first hotel of major significance was built in 1850 and was followed by several others. The Mt. Washington launched in 1872 also brought in tourists by water during the summer season. Tourism continues to be a major industry for Wolfeboro.
-information provided by the town of Wolfeboro