With the building of the Lafayette House in 1835, and the First Profile House in 1853, both located just north of here, came the summer visitors, as well as painter, writers and poets, many who would stay all season. This spot soon gained wide attention and fame. Profile Lake became the centerpiece, the “Crown Jewel” of the White Mountains, with boats, concerts, picnics and walks, all part of the summer scene during that Golden Age.
Samuel Eastman would write in his 1858 Guide to the White Mountains – “Here Nature has provided for her creation an appropriate mirror. That here only the finest trout live, as though only the choicest of fish were suited to inhabit such a pure abode.” In 1880 Chisholmís White Mountain Guide Book reported – “The beautiful crystalline tarn at the foot of the mountain is Profile Lake where a little navy of dainty boats is kept, to wage war on the trout, or give Paul and Virginia a chance to insulate themselves in the embowered coves toward the outlet”.
With the passing of the Hotel Era, the little navy of boats, the concerts, and the other hotel activities became history.
Location. 44° 9.933′ N, 71° 40.75′ W. Marker is in Franconia, New Hampshire, in Grafton County. Marker can be reached from Styles Bridges Highway (U.S. 93). Touch for map. The marker is in the Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site in Franconia Notch State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Franconia NH 03580, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Landslides (here, next to this marker); Eagle Cliff (here, next to this marker); Why is it called A NOTCH? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Man of the Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); A Delicate Balance (within shouting distance of this marker); Franconia Notch (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old Man of the Mountain (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Appalachian Trail (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franconia.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 25, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.