Cornish, New Hampshire

Cornish, New Hampshire and Windsor, Vermont Covered Bridge
Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge

Cornish is a small town located along the Connecticut River in Sullivan County, New Hampshire. The town of Cornish may best be known for two particular attractions, the Cornish Fair and their covered bridges. Cornish is located along Route 12-a, just minutes south of West Lebanon and Plainfield.

The Town of Cornish, New Hampshire

Cornish is a coveted destination is because of the four covered bridges located throughout town. There is no other town in New Hampshire with more bridges than Cornish. The most notable covered bridge is the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, which stretches across the Connecticut river. The bridge is the longest two-span covered bridge in the world.

The Cornish Fair should also be on your list of things to do each year. The fair returns each August and features woodsmen’s competitions, horse pulls, dairy cow shows as well as all the food, rides, sights and sounds that make you feel like a kid again. Find more information here.

History of Cornish

Established in 1763, Cornish was home to English settlers who used the location as a camp, using the banks of Cornish as a shipping point for the tall ship masts that were floated down the river. Cornish was know as Mast Camp until 1765 when it was incorporated by Governor Wentworth. The town was named after Sir Samuel Cornish, an admiral of the Royal Navy.

Cornish is famous for being home to well know artists and writers. Artist and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens began his treks to Cornish in 1885 in order to escape the hustle and bustle of New York City in the summertime. Now, you can visit the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and tour the grounds, where you’ll find over 150 sculptures and artwork crafted by Saint-Gaudens himself.

Author of The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger also had a home in Cornish. He moved from NYC in 1953, spending his time connecting with local high school students until he suddenly decided to live more of a ‘hermit’ type lifestyle. After 1959, Salinger was rarely spotted in town and only kept close company with one other person. He lived out his life in Cornish and passed away at an area hospital on January 27th, 2010, he was 91 years old.

Cornish, NH Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge
Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge (Photo Credit: Larry Wisener)

Visiting Cornish

Cornish, NH is home to several historic sites and offers visitors plenty of things to see and enjoy. From the artwork and gardens at St. Gaudens, to the beauty of the 1866 Cornish-Windsor covered bridge, visiting Cornish should be on your radar.

Constructed from 1803 through 1809, the Trinity Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The church was later accepted as a donation to the town in 2009 for “civic purposes for the residents of the Town of Cornish, and for others.” It has become a popular destination for weddings and other events. Those who wish to book and event are welcomed to call the Cornish Town Office at 603-675-5611.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is a destination for people of all ages. They offer guided and self guided tours as well as classes, summer concerts and other events available throughout the year. There are more than 150 pieces of artwork and sculptures on display. The grounds and landscaping is a work of art in its own right. Walk the grounds and explore the nature trails while you’re there.

Cornish is home to four different covered bridges and you should see all of them when you visit. The Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge is the longest two-span covered bridge in the world. It spans the entire Connecticut river and connects New Hampshire and Vermont.

Don’t let the glamour of the big Cornish-Windsor bridge take away from the beauty of the other covered bridges in the area. Visit the Blacksmith Shop Covered Bridge, the Blow-Me-Down Covered Bridge, the Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge, and of course the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge while on your travels.

These are just a few of the things to do in Cornish, NH. If you’re visiting in the summertime, don’t forget to plan your trip around the time of the Cornish Fair!

Cornish, NH – The Place to Live

The town of Cornish rests on 42 square miles of land along side the Connecticut River, just south of the shopping district in West Lebanon, NH. The town offers a picturesque landscape with most homes situated on their own acreage. Residents enjoy a lot of privacy, peace and quiet, while living just a short drive from the larger towns and cities of the Upper Valley.

Most folks who live in Cornish make the commute to the nearby epicenters of employment such as Hanover and Lebanon. Like all Upper Valley towns, there is an abundance of outdoor activities not very far from home. From hiking and biking to rafting, swimming and snowshoeing – you’ll never run out of adventurous things to do!

The median home value in Cornish rests just under $200,000. While there are not many condominiums or apartment homes, there are homes available in all price ranges. From modest homes on smaller lots to elaborate estates with lavish landscaping and more, you’re sure to find the home that is perfect for you and your family.

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