New NH Historic Marker Commemorates Signing of the Weeks Act

November 10th, 2011 by Melissa

Visitors to the lodge atop Mt. Prospect in Weeks State Park will get an additional helping of history, thanks to a new NH historic marker commemorating the signing of the Weeks Act.

The Marker reads:

“The Lodge atop Mt. Prospect was the summer home of John Wingate Weeks (1860 – 1926), renowned ‘Father of the Eastern National Forests,’ author of the Weeks Act, passed by the U.S. Congress, March 1, 1911. The Act enables the government to buy privately owned land to be ‘permanently reserved, held and administered as national forest lands,’ for the protection, development, and use of their natural resources. Much of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), one of the 48 forests made possible by the Weeks Act, can be viewed from the Lodge and from the fieldstone fire tower near the Lodge.”

An interactive map of all of the state’s historical highway markers is available at the N.H. Division of Historical Resources’ website, www.nh.gov/nhdhr.

The New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker Program is jointly managed by the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and N.H. Department of Transportation.

New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.