Visiting the New Hampshire State House….Exploring the U.S.A – One State Capital at a Time
Homeschooling our Way Across the U.S.A.
After studying the statues around the New Hampshire State House while attending American history class, we entered an elective class (which I didn’t realize was a class along our road trip adventure across America for quite some time). Before stepping inside the capitol building for a self-guided tour, we entered the classroom of Intro to Architecture.
The Basic Facts on the New Hampshire State House
Concord was chosen as the capital of New Hampshire in 1808.
- The NH State House was designed by Stuart Park in the Greek Revival style.
- The Greek Revival style predominated in the United States from 1820 to 1850.
- Construction of the capitol building began in 1815/6.
- Smooth granite blocks mined in New Hampshire were used in its construction.
- Construction was completed in 1819.
Standing in front of the New Hampshire State House, we observed the building and noticed these things:
- the windows were different: rectangular on the first floor, arched on the second floor, and smaller square windows on the third floor.
- the entrance has a small projecting portico which is supported with pairs of Doric columns
- the balcony above the portico is lined with a balustrade
- the balcony has pairs of Corinthian columns which rise to support a pediment
- A golden dome was added to the building in 1866.
- The golden dome is supported by an octagonal drum.
- The drum has 2 sets of windows: large arched windows below and small bull’s eye windows above.
- Atop the lantern of the dome, a golden eagle is perched.
we entered the portico and noticed this sign.
From the portico, we entered the New Hampshire State House from the main entrance, which immediately opened into the Hall of Flags.
We returned to American History class as we scanned one hundred and seven New Hampshire battle flags which represented the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WW I, WW II, and the Vietnam War.
We read the words of Governor William Bradford, governor of the Plymouth colony in Massachusetts.
Buddy became teacher in our impromptu American History class as he described this Civil War mural to me. This scene depicts Pickett’s Charge, which took place on July 3, 1863, during the Battle of Gettysburg.
After picking up a self-guided brochure, we found the House Chambers
John P. Hale
While Buddy checked out the peep window in the House Chamber doors, a gentleman exited the chamber. This encounter gave us the opportunity to met the Chief of Staff, Robert Mead. Mr. Mead was most gracious with his time and sharing his knowledge. He provided us an impromptu lesson on:
- the New Hampshire state house,
- its governing body, (Did you know that NH with 400 members in the House has the largest legislative body in the United States.)
- and his job. Thanks Mr. Robert Mead, Chief of Staff.
Next, we found the Senate Chambers which is made up of 24 members. We examined the large murals, which represent important events in New Hampshire’s history.
Note that the arched murals match the arched windows.
Before we left the New Hampshire State House, this old telephone booth caught Buddy’s attention.
Buddy stepped inside as he recalled that his favorite superhero, Clark Kent, would transform into Superman
inside a telephone booth.
Buddy posed inside the booth without a red cape, but with his Super Smile. (I couldn’t resist sharing this smile!)
I hope you have enjoyed our virtual tour of the New Hampshire State House.
Until next time,