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The Grand Hotels of Old/Talk revisits golden era of White Mountain hotels

Monday, July 17, 2017  
Posted by: Taylor Salvato
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The Grand Hotels of Old/Talk revisits golden era of White Mountain hotels
By: Tom Eastman

Of the 24 grand hotels that once graced the White Mountains in the 19th and early part of the 20th century, only five remain: the Omni Mount Washington Resort, Mountain View Grand, Eagle Mountain House, Wentworth Resort and the Balsams.

The first four are still open — and if developer Les Otten succeeds in his plans to transform it into a world-class ski and year-round resort, the Balsams will join that select group, pending development plans.

These celebrated structures, present and past, were celebrated in a talk hosted last week at the Whitney Center in Jackson by the Friends of the Jackson Public Library and N.H. Humanities Council.

According to the featured speaker, architectural historian Dr. Bryant F. Tolles Jr., in the late 19th-century and 20th century, the hotels "were a vital, shining symbol of summertime leisure and recreation."

As Tolles related in his July 8 talk to about 80 history enthusiasts, the first White Mountain hotels began as roadside inns or taverns in the 1820s. Read more at

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