Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Enjoy dinner, jazz music at Castle in the Clouds

Every Thursday evening during summer, you can enjoy dinner and jazz music at the Castle in the Clouds.
The evening events are by reservation only and held from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

It is offered on the terrace at the Carriage House.

Tickets for the music are required in advance of the event, and are $10 per person.

To make reservations for any of these events, call 603-476-5414.

They recommend calling at least one week in advance as they can book very quickly and are filled through mid-August, but have availability from Thursday on.

Learn more about the event, including the musicians to be featured on the program calendar at http://www.castleintheclouds.org/program-calendar/.

Located off Route 171 at 455 Old Mountain Road, the property was once Tom and Olive Plant's mountaintop estate.

Lucknow as they called it, was built in 1913-1914. It was open to the public in 1959.

Designed by the architectural firm of J. Williams Beal & Sons of Boston, the house not only exhibits skilled hand craftsmanship in every aspect of its interior and exterior, but also features a number of technological innovations of the early 20th century.

Plant made his fortune in the shoe manufacturing industry, retiring as a millionaire at age 51.

Newly married in 1913, Plant focused on his New Hampshire country estate. In addition to buying the property known as Ossipee Mountain Park, Plant accumulated land from the Ossipee Mountains all the way to Lake Winnipesaukee, eventually owning 6,300 acres.

After a series of failed investments, Plant attempted, from the mid-1920s through the era of the Great Depression, to sell the mountaintop estate.

However, no buyer was found.

The Plants continued to live at Lucknow until Tom Plant's death in 1941, at which time the property was sold.

Plant's desire to maintain the integrity of his mountaintop estate property and the stewardship of the families who owned the property since his time have ensured that Lucknow survived in close to its original state and that its magnificent natural setting can be enjoyed by all today.

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