Photographer's Note

Here's another entry in my ongoing project to visit and photograph all 50 state capitol buildings. This is the New Hampshire State House, located in the city of Concord; though I don't have any data to back this up, I believe it's likely to be among the smallest state capitol buildings in the country.

The grounds are completely open and unfenced, creating a nice little public park along one of Concord's busiest streets. The statue barely visible here, in front of the building, is that of Daniel Webster, a native of NH and one of the country's greatest Senators. Among other statues is one of Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, and the only President to have been born in the Granite State. Sadly for NH, Pierce is also generally considered to be one of the country's worst Presidents, for his role in hastening or at least not slowing the gathering pace of Civil War during his term in the 1850s.

This shot was taken late on a Saturday afternoon in September, and Concord was quiet; it is a small city to begin with, and though the downtown is a well preserved example of a New England mill town, there were few visitors. I was lucky with the sun; this was one of the few times it peeked out from passing clouds, giving me a beautiful shot through the tree overhanging the pathway.

Larger version here.

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 884 W: 75 N: 1695] (7511)
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