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The long, storied life of N.H.’s Old Man of the Mountain

  • Old Man of the Mountain painting by Edward Hill on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord. Courtesy—



Monitor staff
Thursday, May 03, 2018

New Hampshire’s great stone face has fallen, but his image lives on.

The New Hampshire Historical Society houses over two hundred Old Man of the Mountain-related images, souvenirs, and artifacts, but just a few are on display for public viewing. The most prominent one is a 16-by-12 inch painting by Edward Hill, displayed in the Historical Society’s Concord library. Hill completed the painting in 1879 for U.S. Rep. Evarts W. Farr, a Civil War officer who served in Congress from 1879 to 1880.

The painting depicts a romantic image of the Old Man of the Mountain framed by branches and clouds. The Historical Society also has a collection of ceramic wares from the Profile House hotel in Franconia Notch that feature the Old Man’s face. Both of these pieces are open for public viewing at the Historical Society at 30 Park Street in Concord.

Old Man timeline