The Mount Washington Hotel
"Comfortable Quarters and a Good Table"... accommodating visitors to the White Mountains
The rugged mountain tops, fearful chasms and beautiful intervals” of the White Mountains have beckoned visitors since the early 1800s. White Mountain innkeepers welcomed guests traveling on horseback, then stagecoach, in simple taverns and modest hotels. When trains made the area generally accessible, the era of the Grand Hotels began. The Grand Hotels were large summer retreats frequented by wealthy city-dwellers and known for their luxurious amenities and extensive staff. During their heyday roughly two dozen of these fashionable hotels were spread throughout the White Mountains. Today, the Mount Washington is one of only a few remaining White Mountain Grand Hotels.
The Mount Washington Hotel was one of the last constructed, the largest and the grandest of New Hampshire's grand hotels. It was the inspiration of Joseph Stickney (1840-1903), a New Hampshire native who had purchased and expanded the Mt. Pleasant House that stood near this location. But he had bigger dreams for the dramatic 10,000-acre
The hotel was almost entirely self-sufficient with its own water, electrical heating telephone Laundry. and sewage systems print shop. telegraph. and daily newspaper. Guests enjoyed the novel heated indoor swimming pool. Turkish baths, billiards, bowling horse trails, golf course, and orchestral entertainment In its heyday, the hotel's coach met 50 trains a day. ferrying such famous guests as Winston Churchill Thomas Edison and Babe Ruth From the beginning the Mount Washington catered to the increasing number of automobile owners with a spacious garage and living quarters for chauffeurs.
"nothing that genius could suggest or skilled craftsman execute has been omitted in this palatial edifice."
During WWII the hotel achieved
international fame as the site of the
July 1944 Bretton Woods Conference,
which planned funding for post-war
reconstruction, mapped a new course
for the world's monetary system, and
sought ways to avert future global
economic depressions. It resulted
in the creation of the International
Monetary Fund and World Bank.
Topics. This historical marker
Location. 44° 15.242′ N, 71° 26.988′ W. Marker is in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in Coos County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 302 and Mt. Washington Hotel Road, on the left when traveling north on U.S. 302. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Washington NH 03589, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Washington (here, next to this marker); Executive Councilor Raymond S. Burton (here, next to this marker); Crawford Notch (here, next to this marker); Mount Washington Hotel / Bretton Woods Monetary Conference (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Crawford Family (approx. ¾ mile away); Zealand and James Everell Henry (approx. 2.6 miles away); Crawford House (approx. 3.1 miles away); Crawford Depot (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bretton Woods.
Also see . . .
1. Omni Mount Washington Hotel. (Submitted on December 18, 2020, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Mount Washington Hotel (Wikipedia). (Submitted on December 18, 2020, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 15, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.