Wolfeboro's classic July 4th parade always makes us feel that we have stepped back in time. There's a sense of community and a joy in simple pleasures that reminds us of when we were kids (and we take particular enjoyment in the Lawn Chair Brigade, shown here)
Celebrating the country's history got us thinking about what a Wolfeboro summer would have been like when Daniel Pickering -- owner of Pickering House -- was alive. In the mid-1800's, many more hotels existed in Wolfeboro than there are now. In fact, Daniel Pickering opened the largest of the Wolfeboro hotels across the street from Pickering House. Built in 1850, The Pavilion hotel was located on the current site of Brewster Academy's athletic fields.
Here's a view of the Pavilion Hotel from Pickering House
According to David Bowers, our local history expert, people would flock to Wolfeboro from Boston, Providence and other cities to escape the city heat and enjoy the lake breezes. The summer season started at the end of June and ran through early September. People would often come for the whole summer and return year after year.
Today, visitors still return to Wolfeboro year after year. And they still come to enjoy the lake breezes. Pickering House and many other historic structures still stand. We still enjoy summer band concerts, boating, fishing, swimming and dancing, much as residents and visitors did in days gone by. Stand up paddle boarding, yoga and the like are relatively new additions to recreational options, but we love the fact that so many of us still spend summers much as our summer residents did a century ago!