At the turn of the century the lake was a much different place. The train tracks brought passengers directly in from New York City. Massive Hotels loomed over the nicer harbors and beaches. Complete with large outdoor patios and basement pool halls. Three steam boats ferried people from the different hotels to a casino located on one of the larger islands. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your perspective, the passenger car changed this forever. One people were no longer bound by the stops of the railroads traffic to the Sunapee area steadily declined, and the hotels, bars, and steamboats disappeared. All that remain are the three lighthouses that once guided the steamers at night.
Ben Mere hotel in Sunapee harbor