DescriptionA log cabin, the first structure on the site of Laconia, was probably erected in 1766. Before then the presence of Sachem Indians had prevented settlement, although the area had been granted as early as 1727. Growth was slow until the railroad reached the community—then called Meredith Bridge—in 1848. Thereafter mills and factories proliferated, and Laconia became a trading and manufacturing center.
Paugus Bay and lakes Winnisquam and Opechee extend into Laconia's city limits, bringing opportunities for water sports. About 5 miles north is Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in the state and a major resort center.
Cultural activities are presented at the Belknap Mill, a noted center for arts and humanities. Outdoor concerts are presented in spring and summer at the grandstand next to Belknap Mill.
Visitor InfoLakes Region Chamber of Commerce 383 S. Main St. LACONIA, NH 03246. Phone:(603)524-5531
Things to SeeBelknap Mill