On Saturday afternoon, some of the Great Escapers took a field trip to The Fells, summer home of John Hay, private secretary to Abraham Lincoln in the 1860s, and who finished his career as Secretary of State to Theodore Roosevelt. In between he wrote poetry, a biography of Lincoln and served as a diplomat. To escape the pressures of Washington, he spent summers at this beautiful house overlooking Lake Sunapee. This picture was taken on the terrace where cocktails were served every summer afternoon. See the lovely hydrangeas?
|Click to enlarge and see the Monarch Butterfly|
|The Fountain's source was an actual brook running through the property!|
|Maple Tree Planted by Teddy Roosevelt in 1905|
The chatelaine of the gardens, Alice Hay, did not like yellow flowers so blues, purples and pinks prevail - so lovely. The gardens are terraced, and there is still a view over Lake Sunapee to Mount Kearsarge from the end of the terrace.
|Down the garden path|
Thanks to Jen and Laura for use of their photos!
If you have suggestions for field trips for next year's Great Escape, let us know!