Saint Gaudens; A National Historic Site
Take the family for an afternoon stroll through St. Gaudens National Historic site in Cornish, New Hampshire. Augustus Saint-Gaudens purchased the property in 1885 which he called “Aspet”. Saint-Gaudens created more than 150 pieces of art, many of which are still at the National Historic Site for you to enjoy.
The property, as well as neighboring property, “Blow-Me-Down” Farm, were declared a National Historic Landmark. Works such as the Shaw Memorial continue to amaze visitors today. Saint-Gaudens design of the 1907 $20 Gold Piece, which changed the face of American coinage, can be seen in the art galleries at the park.
Visit St. Gaudens National Historic Site: Cornish, NH
Visiting St. Gaudens National Park is a perfect way to spend the day. Take a tour and explore the home, galleries, gardens and take a walk through Blow-Me-Down Farm. At St. Gaudens you can even enjoy a summer concert or take a sculpture class.
- Guided tours are offered daily at St Gaudens National Historic site in Cornish, New Hampshire and are the perfect way to spend the day learning about Augustus Saint-Gaudens, his artwork and the park.
- Art Tour. Learn about Saint-Gaudens life and artwork in a 55 minute guided tour through the galleries and historic areas of the park.
- Saint-Gaudens’ Home “Aspet”. The preserved original home furnishings of the Gaudens family will toss you back in time. Take this quick 20 minute tour to explore the old home and see how Saint-Gaudens lived. This area is open by guided tour only and does not display any artwork. Please Note: unfortunately, this building is not wheelchair accessible.
- Tour Hours and Information. Please visit this link for tour times, schedules and more information.
Self Guided Touring
- Each piece of artwork in the park is labeled and visitors are welcome to tour the grounds and galleries at their own leisure. Take a self guided tour through the grounds, gardens, galleries and nature trails. The house, “Aspet” is the only building where entry is by guided tour only.
- Learn and watch demonstrations of the techniques used by Saint-Gaudens to create the sculptures found within the park from a sculptor in the historic Ravine Studio. The sculptor-in-residence also teaches a range of classes in figurative sculpture.
- An Introduction to Life and Work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This quick orientation film will take 18 minutes and is shown throughout the day. If you’ve never been to the park, it’s highly suggested that you take a moment to watch this film to learn more about what you’re about to experience.
- Wax Blood, Bronze Skin. Shown by request only, this 25 minute film is a walk through the lost art of wax casting which is used to turn clay sculptures into bronze.
- The Medal Maker (25 minutes) Shown by request. Sculptor Laura Gardin Fraser demonstrates the process of medallic art.
Junior Ranger Program
- A wonderful program for children ages 7 to 13, the Junior Ranger program is may be completed in about an hour and a half. When your child completes the program, he or she will now be a junior ranger and will received a 3 in. diameter patch depicting the Diana statue.
- For children ages 4-6, there is a Junior Ranger in Training activity program available.
- A Valley Quest activity for those younger children for exploring the park.
iPhone & Android APP
- The Free APP for iPhones and iPods and Androids provides audio and visual information about the park, historic buildings and artworks of Saint-Gaudens.
- Each Sunday afternoon in July and August from 2:00 – 4:00pm, the Saint-Gaudens Memorial Trustees sponsor a Summer Concert Series. Concerts take place in the Little Studio and consist of a variety of music and genres. Concerts are included with paid admission.
- Designed for beginner and intermediate sculptors, the figurative sculpture classes, taught by the sculptor-in-residence, are offered most Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00pm. There is a fee for the class and reservations must be made in advance. For more information please contact the park at 603-675-2175 ex 106.
- Explore the nature trails that wind through the parks Blow-Me-Down natural area.
- Ravine Trail. Strolling along the Blow-Me-Up Brook, the .25 mil Ravine Trail passes by the swimming hole that was constructed by Saint-Gaudens. Note that each end of the trail has a steep slope at either end.
- Blow-Me-Down Trail. Take a jaunt down to mill pond and back again along the edge of the small ravines on the 1.25 mile round trip Blog-Me-Down Trail.
- The Return Trail. This is another section of the Blow-Me-Down Trail which can be steep in areas.This is an alternate route back to the lower field.
- Please note: The trails are hilly in places and may be slippery when wet. Visitors should wear sturdy walking shoes. A trail map is available at the visitor center.
139 Saint Gaudens Road
Cornish, New Hampshire, 03745