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“A Hidden Treasure”

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Cornish
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Once the home of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, this beautiful home and garden is now open to the public for free concerts and picnics.
New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“A Hidden Treasure”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Wow. We visited Aspet, the home and studios of Augustus Saint Gaudens, as a small group of Master Gardeners. Our docent was friendly and very knowledgable about Saint Gauden's life and his works. It was humbling to be in the close presence of his sculptures and facinating to learn their histories. It is an intimate place to visit; a few hours will do unless you choose to also walk the trails. Bring your lunch to enjoy on the gorgeous grounds and dont forget your camera; you'll be inspired by the view and the site as were his Cornish Art Colony contemporaries,including the painter Maxfield Parrish. The gardener James is doing an outstanding job. On July 14 the poppies and hollyhocks at the studio were a rambuncious riot of color and pollinators while the more formal gardens at the house were also companionably blooming. One of the staff mentioned that Saint Gaudens is the least visited National Historic Site. That is probably due to its location rather than its offerings. It is well worth the effort to go just.... DO NOT USE GPS!!(use Google maps) One of our group used GPS and ended up in the boonies on dirt roads with no road signs in a place marked "Hell Hollow"! If you do end up there don't despair, nice people guided him out. Go!

Visited July 2014
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Olathe, Kansas
Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Super Sculptor”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

What a great place to visit and learn about one of America's premier sculptors. You will recognize his works and now you can put a name to that work. The home, studio and grounds are well maintained and quite pretty. The park staff are knowledgeable and friendly. If you're in the area don't pass up a chance to stop.

Visited July 2014
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Natick, MA
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Beautiful grounds and art”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

I learned quite a deal about the fascinating life of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. His home is well-preserved, and there are examples of his magnificent work throughout the grounds. Very enjoyable.

Visited July 2014
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Commack, NY
Level 6 Contributor
176 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Art in a beautiful setting”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

I was here on a sunny day. The grounds are truly beautiful, as is the view of Mt. Ascutney to the west. I liked the tour of Aspet, and truly appreciate the original furnishings. The outdoor sculptures and the works of art inside the galleries were wonderful.

Visited July 2014
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Springfield
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150 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

The grounds are beautiful, and we really like the grounds' tour. However there is nothing to see and to do in the house.

Visited July 2014
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