About SunapeeSunapee is one of several resort communities that line many-lobed, 10-square-mile Lake Sunapee. A vacation spot since the mid-19th century, the area affords a variety of year-round outdoor recreation. Located in west-central New Hampshire, the locale should not be confused with the “Lakes Region,” located in the eastern part of the state. The lake's name is derived from a Penacook Indian word believed to mean “goose lake.” Boat cruises may be taken on the lake.
During the 1860s Sunapee seemed to attract residents with a flair for invention. In 1868 John Smith devised a machine that permitted the local clothespin factory—a major industry at the time—to produce 125 finished clothespins per minute.
The following year, after a decade of study, Enos Clough drove a horseless carriage throughout the area, but its tendency to terrify horses resulted in its being banned. Clough sold the contraption to a Laconia man who ran it into a fence; the engine was finally installed in a boat.
Visitor Centers Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce 328 Main St. New London, NH 03257. Phone:(603)526-6575 or (877)526-6575
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