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Franconia in Grafton County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Profile Lake

 
 
Profile Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2008
1. Profile Lake Marker
Inscription. Called Ferrinís Pond by early settlers and travelers, who often camped by the outlet, this 15-acre mountain lake has also been known as the Old Manís Mirror and the Old Manís Washbowl.

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.

Insert - Profile Lake Band Concert image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2008
2. Insert - Profile Lake Band Concert
People from every walk of life still come here by the countless thousands, however, to enjoy the splendor of Franconia Notch. Julius H. Ward, in 1890, was speaking for the past, present and future generations when he wrote – “This place is where you forget the outside world and give yourself up to Nature.”
 
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.
 
Categories. Landmarks
 
Insert - Old Profile Lake Boat House image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2008
3. Insert - Old Profile Lake Boat House
Profile Lake image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2008
4. Profile Lake
 
 
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 59 times since then. 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.
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