While not exactly a tourist mecca, Walpole, our final New Hampshire destination, does have a few claims to fame:
- First bridge across Connecticut River (1795)
- Master builder Aaron Prentiss Howland’s Walpole Academy (1831)
- Plethora of lilacs here prompt Louisa May Alcott’s Under the Lilacs (1878)
- Documentary film-maker Ken Burns lives here.
- Burdick’s chocolates & restaurant
Lucia, one of the innkeepers at Meadowlark Inn, told us about Burdick’s and were we glad we followed up on her enthusiastic recommendation. Absolutely everything about our lunch was superb from beginning to end. It easy to understand why people, like the woman sitting next to us, drive for an hour or more to dine here regularly.
When we left the restaurant, it was raining again, and I didn’t get any more pictures. I regret that now, as there were some old homes and other buildings we found interesting and it turns out there are few photos of the town available on the web.
We later found out that this is Hastings Memorial Parish House
(Click here for a great set of interior views of this house & a bit of Walpole)