Generations of visitors have followed this trail
According to local historians, Native Americans once traveled a path through the area to hunt and fish.
During the nineteenth century, writers and artists, moved by the splendor of the scenery, became promoters of the White Mountains. They romanticized this "wilderness tamed" in poetry, painting and travel articles.
Farmers prepare for a crop of tourists
Attracted by the clean, mountain air and easy access by train, tourists began to visit Passaconaway Intervale and the Falls after the Civil War. Local farm families, including the Shackfords, started taking in guests.
Tourists came by stage
Jim Shackford brought his guests to Passaconaway House from Conway by stagecoach. He would also take them on day trips to favorite spots, like nearby Sabbaday Falls.
To the Mountains - by car!
The auto eventually opened up the area to scenery seekers of all income levels.