St Gaudens National Historic Site

New England … No, it Is not a State!

Working Camping at St Gaudens National Historic Site was an excellent way to see the New England region of our country. History there is rich and as colorful as the lush rolling mountains of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

The town of Cornish, NH was the location for a history-rich artist colony in the mid to late 1800’s and today boasts one of the only National Parks dedicated to an artist sculptor.

Kris and I had never known of Augustus St. Gaudens (Gus) before our “working visit” to New Hampshire in the summer of 2017. He was an extremely influential man and artist in the late 1800’s. You have likely seen one or more pieces of his art and may have also seen art created by his students and contemporaries that lived in the Cornish artist colony. Visitors to his summer retreat in Cornish read like a who’s who in the late 1800 art world.

Contact Kerstin Burlingame at (603) 675-2175 x100; kerstin_burlingame@nps.gov

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St. Gaudens RV Camp Site:

There is one RV site, next to a farm house used as intern’s quarters, on the historic site. The RV site is very secluded from the public and is in a beautiful heavily wooded location. The neighbors across the road are very friendly offering a warm fire and conversation most evenings. The visitor center and park are a short 2 minute walk.

Work:

Work campers meet guests as they arrive at the park, collect entry fees, work in the gift shop, provide interpretive tours of the house, gallery and grounds. There is significant opportunity to learn the rich history of a very interesting time in the US during the US Civil War era. The park is only open from the end of May until the end of October. We worked May to mid August. Another work camper worked from mid August until late October.

Fun Places We Visited While There:

  1. Mt Washington Park, NH
  2. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Site, VT
  3. Cabot Creamery, VT
  4. Acadia National Park, ME
  5. White Mountains, NH
  6. Green Mountains, VT
  7. Maple syrup farms, VT and NH

See our article Work Camping