Civil War 150
New Hampshire

The Fells, Newbury NH
Home of
John Milton Hay, Private Secretary to President Abraham Lincoln Secretary of State to President Theodore Roosevelt

The Fells, situated on a nearly 1,000-acre hillside in Newbury, New Hampshire, overlooking scenic Lake Sunapee, served as a summer retreat for three generations of the Hay family. Experiencing the connections between this landscape's diverse elements is often the visitor's strongest memory of The Fells, which was named after the Scottish word for rocky upland pastures.  It was on the shores of Lake Sunapee that Hay and his wife, Clara Louise Stone, sought refuge from public life, and in 1888, Hay quietly began acquiring abandoned farms that would eventually total nearly 1,000 acres.

Today The Fells is one of New England's finest examples of an early 20th-century summer estate.  Take a historic guided tour of the 22-room Colonial Revival summer home of John Milton Hay; stroll the length of the 100-foot perennial border; discover the old garden, hidden behind masses of rhododendron; and admire the view of Lake Sunapee from the formal Rose Terrace and renowned hillside rock garden, where a brook trickles to a Japanese water lily pool.

For the 2011 season in honor of the Civil War 150th commemoration, The Fells presents a special exhibit (Jun 27 - Oct 10, 2011): Real History is Told in Private Letters: Civil War Diary and Letters of John Hay.

On June 26, 2011 the museum presents a special program including a lecture by preeminent Lincoln and Hay scholar Michael Burlingame, followed by a book signing and wine and cheese reception with the author.

On September 13, 2011 at 4 pm, The Fells in conjunction with the NH Humanities Council presents author Mike Pride, "A New Look at New Hampshire During the Civil War." At the Newbury Town Office, 937 Route 103 in Newbury NH. Free.

The Fells

456 Route 103A
Newbury NH


The gardens and trails of The Fells are open daily year round. Members may visit dawn to dusk, nonmembers, 9am-5pm.The Shop and Main House are open 10am-4pm:

Spring--weekends and Monday holidays, beginning May 29

Summer--Wednesdays through Sundays, June 23 through September 6 (Labor Day); open every day week of July 4th

Fall--weekends and Monday holidays, beginning September 11 through October 11 (Columbus Day)

Winter--October 12 through May 28, Main House and Shop are closed, grounds and trails open daily.



Historic guided Main House Tours are offered every hour beginning at 10:15am Wednesday through Sunday, and every day July 4th week. The last tour of the day begins at 3:15pm.

Guided Garden Tours start on the Veranda at 1:30pm, Wednesday through Sunday, June 23 through August 15 and every day during July 4th week.


Members of The Fells receive free unlimited visits to the house and grounds.

Nonmembers pay:

Main House open: adults, $8; seniors and students, $7; children ages 6-17, $3; 5 and under, free; families of 2 adults and 2 or more children, $20

Main House closed: adults $6; seniors and students, $5; children, $2; families of 2 adults and 2 or more children, $15

Winter admission is $5 per household, payable at our self-serve Welcome Kiosk


Tourscan be arranged by contacting The Fells at 603-763-4789

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