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Mountaintop estate named to national historic register

July 24, 2018
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This undated photo provided by the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources shows an interior view of Lucknow, a mountaintop estate in the Ossipee Mountains in Moultonborough, N.H. The estate known as "Castle in the Clouds," originally owned by French-Canadian shoe manufacturer Thomas Plant, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. (New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources via AP)

MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — A mountaintop New Hampshire estate known as “Castle in the Clouds” has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The nearly 5,300-acre estate in the Ossipee Mountains was originally owned by shoe manufacturer Thomas Plant. Called Lucknow, it offers 75-mile views across Lake Winnipesaukee and to mountains. Plant oversaw the construction of several buildings from 1913 to 1914.

Its features includes a clay tile roof with a gray and salmon stone veneer; carved woodwork; Italian marble fireplace surrounds; oak-paneled walls; a plaster ceiling with relief wisteria flowers, leaves, and vines; and seven skylights. The front entrance is sheltered by a second-story gable-roofed porch.

There’s a two-mile entry drive and driveway with stone posts and retaining walls, gardens, and 40 miles of mountain roads and bridle paths.

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