Mountaintop New Hampshire estate named to national historic register

The Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, N.H. was originally known as Lucknow Castle Estate. —Castle in the Clouds

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 between 1913 and 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.