What was once the St. John’s United Methodist Church (built in 1868), now resides the Jefferson Historical Museum (since 1979).
The museum is open Thursday and Sunday afternoons during the summer.
The building was constructed in 1868 on land donated by Joshua Plaisted, son of Benjamin H. Plaisted who built the famous Waumbek Hotel in Jefferson (1860). Joshua’s son, Jared Plaisted, subsequently built the Corner Store (c. 1861) in Jefferson.
The exhibits are plenty!
They encapsulate historical life in north country with all sorts of artifacts.
The following exhibits may be of particular interest:
Cherry Mountain Slide
The infamous 1885 Cherry Mountain Slide that cut a jagged swath down Owl’s Head Mountain
The Waumbek Hotel, one of the grand White Mountain resorts.
Thaddeus Lowe, the inventor of the hot air balloon, refrigeration, and perhaps Jefferson’s most famous resident.