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Preserving the History & Heritage of Lake Winnipesaukee & Vicinity


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The history of Lochmere, in the broadest sense, is the history of human use of the Winnipesaukee River. Navigable by canoe, the river served as a major transportation and communications route and, with falls and rapids, it has served as a source of food and water power. Thirteen archeological sites record nine millenia of prehistory by Native Americans, and 18 sites relate directly to the domestic and industrial life of early mill owners and the early industrial period of the village of Lochmere. The Lochmere Archeological District was listed on the National Register in 1982.

Marker Location: The Lochmere Archeological District straddles the Winnipesaukee River (which is also the Tilton-Belmont town line) between Winnisquam Lake and Silver Lake. The marker is located about 1 mile east of Route 23, on Silver Lake Road near the Lochmere Dam.