LACONIA NEW HAMPSHIRE REAL ESTATE - VIRTUAL COMMUNITY TOUR
Laconia, New Hampshire is situated at the heart of New Hampshire's scenic Lakes Region. A growing community, Laconia offers excellent recreation opportunities, a thriving local business climate, and a convenient location near the snowy peaks of the White Mountains, the rocky shores of the state's Atlantic Ocean Coast, and the cities of Manchester, Concord, Nashua and Boston.
The land that now comprises Laconia was originally inhabited by Abenaki Indians, who established the village of Aquedoctan at what is now Weirs Beach some 10,000 years ago. At the height of central New Hampshire's Algonquian period, the village of Aquedoctan was the largest settlement in the Northeast. Fishing was the central economic activity in Aquedoctan, facilitated by maple-wood baskets, called "weirs", that the Winnipesaukee tribesmen developed to capture the abundant shad during their late-summer migration. The contempory village of Weirs Beach in Laconia takes its name from the Indian fishing device. First explored by Europeans in the 1620's, Laconia was originally a part of Meredith and Gilford, when it was known as Meredith Bridge.
When it was incorporated in 1893, the city was named for the Laconia Adventurers, a group of early explorers who passed through the region en route to the great lakes and rivers of Canada foretold by ancient Indian lore. By the late 19th century, Laconia had emerged as a popular summer resort, with residents traveling from Boston and New York City to escape the summer heat. Weirs Beach, the largest public beach on Winnipesaukee and the terminus of the cruise ship Mount Washington, remains a popular destination, with several vendors, arcades and carnival attractions setting up shop along the boulevard each summer. Constructed in 1925, the historic pier at Weirs Beach was a hot spot for local swing bands in the interwar years of the early 20th century.
Today, Laconia offers boundless opportunity for recreation, sightseeing, entertainment and leisure. Lake Winnipesaukee is nationally known for its annual Ice-Out Contest, in which people try to guess the earliest date that the Mount Washington can safely leave her port in Center Harbor and motor to four other ports (Weirs Beach, Alton Bay, Wolfeboro, and Meredith). Since records began in 1851, ice-out has happened as early as March 29 and as late as May 12, although 90 percent of the time it is declared in April.
Summer brings plentiful options for swimming at Lake Winnipesaukee�s nine public beaches, while other popular water sports include boating, waterskiing, canoeing, and fishing. Numerous hiking trails wind through the surrounding Ossipee and Belknap mountain ranges, and New Hampshire's majestic White Mountains are just a half hour�s drive north. Residents and vacationers alike enjoy excellent skiing at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, majestic vistas at Moultonborough's Castle in the Clouds, numerous shops and restaurants in Laconia, Meredith and Wolfeboro, and nearly a dozen golf courses throughout the region.
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