What do you first think of when someone says: “New Hampshire”? The White Mountains? Market Square? George H. Moses? The Old Man of the Mountain? Daniel Webster? The Appalachian Mountain Club? The White Mountains? Dartmouth College? Lake Sunapee?

Whatever your answer, you’ll enjoy this old map of New Hampshire in which the artist cleverly combined Granite State legend and history, mixing the past and present with skill and humor. Here are a few close ups of the illustrations.

New Hampshire Poem

“They have the still North in their soul, The hill-winds in their breath; And the granite of New Hampshire is made part of them till death.” – Richard Hovey, Dartmouth Class of 1885

Phillips Exeter and NHU

Henry Shute, a native son of Exeter and a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy was an American lawyer, judge and writer, best known for his “Plupy” character featured in books and Saturday Evening Post stories. This drawing features “Plupy”, Phillips Academy, Portsmouth, Rye, Durham, Barrington, Dover, University of New Hampshire and more.

Moving to New Hampshire

In this image a young girl asks, “Mother, why did you bring me to N.H.?” and her mother responds by saying “Because, my dear, New Hampshire raises men!” Newbury, Bradford, Henniker and Lake Massasecum are also featured.

This map of New Hampshire has been restored by KNOWOL. Reproductions are available here.

Click here to see the full map.

This old map of New Hampshire provides hours of entertainment and you learn a lot about the state in the process. This combination of a picture book and wall map makes an attractive addition to your office, library, or den, and can even be used to teach children the geography and history of New Hampshire. When you’re done exploring, click here to get your copy!