Area History

America’s Oldest Summer Resort:  The History of Wolfeboro & Lake Winnipesaukee

Since 1771 when Colonial Governor John Wentworth established his summer home “Kingswood” here, Wolfeboro has been greeting vacationers of all interests to our lakes, rivers and forests. 

Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in New Hampshire boasts over 250 islands, 280 miles of shoreline and depths greater than 200 feet.  It is surrounded by majestic mountains and is the home to many species of fish and birds including the American Bald Eagle.

Long before European descendents vacationed here, Native Americans lived in this land, hunting the woods and fishing the waters.  The Native translation of the name means “Beautiful water of the high place.”

Sitting on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro today has a year around population of approximately 6,000 and swells to over 30,000 at the peak of the summer season.  Our quaint Main Street is home to eclectic shops, fine restaurants and quality services.