About The Cairn

The Cairn: Finding Our Way and Marking Our Trail


Since ancient times, cairns have helped travelers find their way through the wild places. Like a cairn on a trail above treeline, built up, stone by stone, by years of passing hikers, this interactive site offers evidence of past travelers and invites current travelers to make their own contribution. This journey into history, art, science and nature will be made richer by your participation. 



The Cairn is a community share website where friends of Plymouth State University's Museum of the White Mountains come to share their stories, images, sounds, and videos from their trips in the White Mountains.  Please visit our FAQ page for answers to questions you may have about contributing to The Cairn.

Visitors will find inspiration to contribute to The Cairn through the museum's opening exhibition, Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains.

 The exhibition’s goal is to encourage the viewer to think about changing notions of why the White Mountains matter for the nation, the region and the individual.

° How did new modes of travel alter connections with nature?

° Do the White Mountains make a difference in our understanding of human interaction with nature?

° What motivates people to return?

The exhibit will promote critical thinking among visitors about these and other questions and will encourage them to form their own views.

Visitors are also encouraged to learn about past exhibitions the Museum of the White Mountains has sponsored and been involved in, and find inspiration through them as well.

Learn more about cairns from the Applachian Mountain Club in its recently published article, Stone on Stone: A Natural and Social History of Cairns.  Also, view this interesting slideshow provided by outdoors.org.

The Museum of the White Mountains will open to the public on February 23, 2013. It is located at 34 Highland Street in Plymouth, New Hampshire, on the campus of Plymouth State University.  The public is invited to visit and enjoy the new space and inaugural exhibition—Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains.
Museum hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and holidays (and Tuesdays in the summer.) Please call ahead in cases of  inclement weather, (603) 535-3210. 
There is no charge for admission.