The New Hampshire Boat Museum will host its 5th Annual Boathouse Tour on Lake Winnipesaukee on Thursday, August 18, with a rain date of Friday, August 19.
“Due to popular demand, we’ve expanded the number of wooden boats for the water tour to 10,” stated Hank Why, NHBM Chair. The Boathouse Tour can be taken by water in wooden boats driven by Museum volunteers or by land.
The water tours will leave at 9:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. from 1 of 2 locations: the landing at Saw Mill Marina (33 Bay Street, Wolfeboro) or, new this year to accommodate larger boats, the Wolfeboro Corinthian Yacht Club (12 Nancy’s Way, off Main Street in downtown Wolfeboro). Water tour tickets are $95 for not-yet members and $85.50 for Museum members.
Guests can tour the boathouses via land in their own cars throughout the day from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Detailed maps with driving directions can be picked at the Museum that morning. Each boathouse location has parking easily available with signage clearly marking the site. Land tour tickets are $35 for not-yet Museum members and $31.50 for members. Ticket price for the tour includes free admission to the Museum.
Boathouses on the tour this year are located on Lake Winnipesaukee in the Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro and Alton areas, and will include boathouses with a variety of styles and stories behind each of them. Each boathouse will feature a vintage wooden boat, and docents will be on hand to discuss the boats and the boathouse history. A special treat for the water tour is an additional bonus location—an island camp. The owners have generously opened up their camp for the tour, so guests can get a real feel for Winnipesaukee island living.
Boathouses that dot our shores have often held a certain mystique to those who cruise by them. Their utilitarian purpose was important to the early-20th century cottagers. Families would spend the summer here and, with few roads, boats were their primary mode of transportation.
All proceeds benefit the New Hampshire Boat Museum, a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to preserve and share the rich boating heritage of New Hampshire’s lakes and rivers.
Other upcoming events include the Alton Bay Boat Show on Saturday, August 13, and the Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta on September 16-17, as well as lectures on August 11 on the historic Kona Farm in Moultonborough and August 15 on the S/S Mount Washington.
Tickets are available for sale at the Museum by calling (603-569-4554).