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'Castle in the Clouds' Estate Named to National Historic Register

Courtesy Castle in the Clouds


A mountaintop New Hampshire estate known as "Castle in the Clouds" has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The nearly 5,300-acre estate in the Ossipee Mountains was originally owned by shoe manufacturer Thomas Plant. Called Lucknow, it offers 75-mile views across Lake Winnipesaukee and to mountains. Plant oversaw the construction of several buildings between 1913 and 1914.

Its features includes a clay tile roof with a gray and salmon stone veneer; carved woodwork; Italian marble fireplace surrounds; oak-paneled walls; a plaster ceiling with relief wisteria flowers, leaves, and vines; and seven skylights. The front entrance is sheltered by a second-story gable-roofed porch.

There's a two-mile entry drive and driveway with stone posts and retaining walls, gardens, and 40 miles of mountain roads and bridle paths.


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