I find it fun to explore hidden and little used roads, trails, and byways I come across. One cool road that has a lot to offer but gets very little use is Little Harbor Road near our home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Turn off Sagamore Avenue just past the South Street Cemetery onto Little Harbor Road, it’s only about a mile to the dead end but it’s a beautiful walk or run through the little used, wooded road. First turn along the way is Currier Lane, a short little cul de sac with about 8 fairly modern homes. Continuing along Little Harbor Road you next come to Little Harbor Chapel on your left. Founded in 1902, the Chapel is an undemonimational church that has services only during the summer months of July and August. This beautiful little church in the woods is also available for weddings and recitals as long as they are smallish affairs, the church only has seating for 80 and no heating system.
A little ways down the road on your right is Creek Farm Reservation, a 30 acre parcel of land acquired a few years ago by The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. “The New Hampshire State Department of Resources and Development (DRED) holds a conservation easement on the 30 acres that are open to the public for pedestrian recreation. The easement provides that the property will be maintained and preserved as a conservation area in perpetuity as a tree farm, bird sanctuary and wildlife reservation.”
Creek Farm Reservation is open to the public from dawn to dusk daily and is a very cool spot to picnic, walk along the shore of Sagamore Creek, bird watch, or just hang out and enjoy the day.
Continuing on down Little Harbor Road you soon come to the end of the road and the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion. Built by Royal Governor Benning Wentworth circa 1750. Benning Wentworth governed New Hampshire from 1741 to 1767 and was the longest serving royal governor in then British America.
The house has a eclectic appearance because it was cobbled together from several existing buildings on the site. The last owner of the property was John Coolidge and his wife Mary Abigail from Boston who restored the house in the 1880s and used it for a summer home. After Mr.. Coolidge’s death his widow donated the house to the State of New Hampshire in 1954.
Today the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion is open to the public as a New Hampshire State Park. The grounds are great for walking around and exploring the shoreline of Sagamore Creek. In the photo below you can see the Wentworth By The Sea Hotel in the background over the roof.
So next time you’re on Sagamore Avenue near the South Street Cemetery do yourself a favor and take a quick detour down Little Harbor Road, I believe you’ll find yourself interested enough to want to spend some time exploring down there and taking in the beautiful views and land.
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