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At its meeting on Monday evening, 14 January 2019, the Select Board of the town of Sunapee signed the deed conveying ownership of the Old Abbott Library (now Sunapee Archives) to the Sunapee Historical Society. Our payment of $250,000 covered the Abbott Library Trustees' share of the value of the property ($240,120), our share of the real estate transfer tax, and incidental expenses to the Town.

Thanks to all of you who donated so generously, we have raised over $460,000 well within the two years stipulated in our lease-purchase agreement with the Town.   THANK YOU!

Now that the Archives building is ours, we're going ahead with some major improvements that we'd like to complete before snow flies in the Fall:

  • A new HVAC system with separate zones for upstairs and down and building ventilation. We have selected a firm to provide engineering support and advise us of our options and will be deciding whether to add sprinklers.
  • Exterior Paint.  The building is brick but the trim is long overdue for a paint job. We have selected a company to tackle that job, including lead paint mitigation.
  • Exterior Lights.  We have selected new fixtures for front and back. They will have timers for after-dark visibility and security.
  • Waiting in the wings are improved security (some of which may be accomplished during HVAC installation), new interior lights, shades for UV light protection, and display cases.

All of this enables us to do a better job of protecting many of the artifacts in our collection as well as making them much more accessible to the community. Sunapee Archives is open on Monday afternoons, 1-4, year-round. Just as we hoped they would, people have been stopping in to see what we have on display or ask questions. We hope you're among them!


Below the Narrows:  The South end of the Lake

The fourth annual Lake Sunapee History Cruise aboard the MV Mt. Sunapee will set sail Monday, JULY 1 and AUGUST 12, 2019 at 5:30 PM and will head south to the Narrows. From there we will explore the shoreline development that includes The Fells, Pine Cliff, Newbury Harbor, the site of Lake Station (the railroad station where the steamboats picked up and delivered our many early tourists) and the communities of Edgemont, Oakland, Bay Point, Brightwood, Montclare, and Woodclyffe before returning to Sunapee Harbor.

Reservations are required and tickets are $30 per person. As usual, delicious hors d'oeuvres are provided with a cash bar. Tickets can be reserved by sending us a check and request a reservation at