Abenaki Tower

Abenaki Tower, Tuftonboro: Address, Abenaki Tower Reviews: 4.5/5

Abenaki Tower
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lkis229
Southington, CT488 contributions
Views are amazing
Nov. 2020
This tower, dedicated in 1978, is sturdy and an easy climb up compared to other towers that remain. On a sunny fall day you can literally see forever and they even have a chart to tell you what you are looking at. The parking area is small and the walk to the tower, short and easy.
Written November 8, 2020
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Melissa D
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Hard to Find, Great View
Sep. 2020 • Friends
Google Maps took us to the wrong location. It was actually about 2 miles farther north. The parking lot was marked, but we ended up driving past it and had to turn around. Once we found it, it was great. Free parking, free to climb the tower. It was not crowded. There was a great view of the bay and the mountains. There were even signs showing which mountains we were looking at. Definitely would recommend as a quick stop if you are in the area.
Written September 6, 2020
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Diana F
Portsmouth, NH14 contributions
Superb view - minimal effort
Aug. 2017 • Friends
A Castle in the Cloud view without the entry price .. the short walk uphill to the view provides an opportunity for people of all ages and a sense of accomplishment. I wish I'd thought to bring my binoculars! It was super windy lakeside so water activities were out of the question. Someone suggested doing the tower after lunch and that's what we did. We were protected from the wind until the second level of the tower. At the top we had to hold on to our hats, but the tower was quite secure. Thanks Abenaki Tower and Trails people!
Written July 31, 2018
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Jenski1976
Gillingham, UK54 contributions
Great view for little effort!
Sep. 2017 • Couples
As others have said, if you have a few minutes to spare and are in the area, check out the view from this tower. Wouldn't go out of my way to come here but combined it with a trip to nearby Wolfeboro.
Written October 4, 2017
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vanatic
Portland, ME29 contributions
Gorgeous Views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap Mountain Range!
Aug. 2017 • Solo
I bring all guests who come to stay with me to this Lakes Region gem. A brief five to ten minute hike from the gravel parking area (caution: the entrance to the small parking area is located on the corner of a sharp curve along Hwy 109, it's easy to miss, especially if you are heading westbound) brings you to a clearing where you can climb the towers stairs. Your final destination provides a gorgeous panoramic view of Winnipesaukee and the surrounding mountains. Peaceful and tranquil, it's a great place for kids and adults alike. bring a picnic lunch to enjoy!
Written August 3, 2017
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Patricia N
8 contributions
As far as you can see!
Oct. 2016
Spectacular views of lake winnipesaukee and the surrounding landscape! Nice climb up.....funny how coming down is a bit awkward. Nice place to take visitors to the area for a quick overview of the lake
Written January 18, 2017
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northeaster
Northern NH51 contributions
More info on the history
Oct. 2016 • Solo
To all who have visited the Abenaki Tower in Tuftonboro NH ---Despite local rumors, the Abenaki Tower was neither a fire tower nor built to watch for German airplanes during World War II. It was built simply to offer everyone enjoyment of an expansive and beautiful view.

One August day in 1923,Mr. Joshua Q. Litchfield, headmaster of the Agassiz School in Jamaica Plains, Mass., and Mr. Frank Speare, President of Northeastern University in Boston, went for a walk and found themselves standing on Edgerly Hill, gazing out over clear pastures at the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee. Due to extensive foresting and the ravages of forest fire, the land was nearly unrecognizable to today’s mature forest.

The outdoors enthusiasts suggested a tower for the spot and quickly organized a group of like-minded friends and neighbors, naming Mr. Chester I. Campbell president. In February 1924, plans were drawn up and the land was purchased for $800 from Mr. John Edgerly. Mr. Lewis McIntire, of Tuftonboro, put in a bid to construct the tower for $400. It was accepted. It would later be said, “much credit is due Mr. McIntire for no man in the entire region could duplicate Mr. McIntire’s splendid work.”

On July 12, 1924, the Abenaki Tower was formally dedicated in front of a crowd of 125 onlookers. So how did the tower get its name? According to Ethel Turner Burnett’s record-keeping, “the tower is said to be built at the junction of several old Abenaki Indian Trails.”

The Abenaki Tower Association went into debt during construction, which wound up costing $500, and slowly paid that debt off through Bridge and whist parties, food sales and other entertainment. By 1930, all bills were paid. For fifteen years, the organization hired someone for $10 annually to raise and lower the flag each Sunday during the summer season.

In 1972, amateur historian Ethel Burnett wrote, “In the forty-eight years since Abenaki Tower was built, many hundreds of people have enjoyed the view and it is the wish of the Association that the Tower will continue to be ‘freely and considerately used.’”

Around that time, the original tower was being overshadowed by tall trees and visitor numbers were dwindling. The tower itself had become dangerous. Lifelong Wolfeboro resident Kirk Titus remembers climbing on it as a kid and noticing “how rickety it had become.”

In 1976, demolition of the tower was discussed, but Admiral George C. Dyer, who now lived in Litchfield’s old cottage at the end of Wawbeek Road, spoke up for the need to “repair and preserve.’

“Many local residents have climbed up Abenaki Tower and enjoyed the view of Melvin Village, the Ossipee Range, Lake Winnipesaukee and beyond,” he said according to the meeting minutes. “It is a location featured in the Lakes Region tourist publication ‘For spectacular views of our lakes and mountains: Take a hike.’”

Titus’ company — Maine Line Tree Service, now Bartlett Tree Service — was hired to rebuild the tower for $12,000. The town of Tuftonboro contributed $1,500, and the Hurlburt Fund gave $1,000. The balance came from private donors, including funds raised by the “Village Pinups” who made a quilt and raffled it off. Bill Cornell, a local builder, designed the new, taller tower. Construction began in 1977 and continued until it was dedicated on July 22, 1978.

Dick Mullen and Sam Snow, still Tuftonboro residents, as well as Bill Kotz of Effingham and Cecily Clark of Ossipee, were the primary crew and Chet Fernald, longtime owner of the Wawbeek Hotel supervised the project. Titus recalls the four sides and top were cut and assembled on the ground before being hoisted into place by a large crane.

“It was a fun job,” Titus says. “The timbers are all utility poles. Materials came from power company supply sources.”

Kirk Titus still takes his grandchildren to the tower at least once a summer. They are impressed that their granddad built it.

Everyone who has enjoyed the tower can support its continuation by becoming an Association member and paying $25 per year in dues. These dues cover the ongoing costs of maintenance for the tower. Write to: Abenaki Tower and Trail Association, PO Box 222 , Melvin Village, NH 03850.
Written October 14, 2016
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xxramxx
Boston72 contributions
Hidden Gem With Striking Views Of Woods & Lake
Oct. 2016 • Family
The recent tree clearing has enabled beautiful views of the wooded hillsides all the way to Lake Winnipesaukee. A little parking area is just off the road (GPS for Wawbeek Road. The entry is a few hundred feet away, across the street, but small signs makes it easy to miss.). It's a short, slightly steep walk to the tower and the final stairs to the top are very narrow. But, the view, esp. with the fall colors is a WOW.

It is small, so a crowd would be a problem. I'm glad we got there before that happens.
Written October 14, 2016
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Carolyn P
Singer Island, FL237 contributions
Great walk and really great view
Sep. 2016 • Couples
This is a very short walk up a fire lookout tower over looking the lake. They are in the process of clearing trees out so the view is getting better. If you are in the area and have about 20 minutes to kill you should certainly walk up there.
Written September 14, 2016
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Bill B
Mirror Lake, NH13 contributions
View of the lake
Aug. 2016 • Family
Nice easy walk from the parking are, then up the steps of the tower for a great view. Bring your camera. If you geocache, Hiawatha's Keep is nearby.
Written August 3, 2016
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