Opened in 1861, the Mount Washington Carriage Road was the first man-made tourist attraction in America. Earlier in the year Abraham Lincoln had taken office and in spite of his impassioned inaugural address, the Civil War had begun. Share in our history from the Carriage Road era up to today’s Auto Road with a visit to the Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum.
The Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum is adjacent to our lodge at the base of the Auto Road. Of the many horse and hay barns that served the staging business on the Carriage Road at the turn of the century, this last surviving barn is now where we display our past. In addition to objects and memorabilia from the Auto Road’s history, you can see some of the vehicles that once made the 8-mile journey to the top of New England.
These vehicles include an original 1870’s Abbot-Downing Concord Coach, a 12 passenger Mountain Wagon and other horse drawn vehicles that once made the trip to the summit. Other historic Mount Washington Auto Road vehicles include a 1918 Pierce-Arrow from the fleet of the 20’s, a 1938 Ford Woodie Station Wagon and a 1963 International Travelall. These vehicles are all part of our 150+ years of history on Mount Washington.
There is no charge to enjoy the Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum. Make sure it’s part of your visit to the Mount Washington Auto Road. Generally open Memorial Day through Columbus day 10am – 4pm.