The Gilford Islands
A short history
In the early settlement of Gilford, the Gilford Islands were generally ignored except for the logging of mast pines used in the ship building industry. Later farmers would clear the islands to pasture their sheep, cows and pigs during the summer months. In the 1850’s the railroad arrived in Gilford and with it came tourists who were looking for peace and tranquility. By the early 1900’s camps were appearing on the islands as people happily enjoyed the beauty of their natural surroundings.* Today many families enjoy island living and a whole cottage industry exists to support island life.
* Although Governor's Island is in Gilford, it is bridged and has more in common with the mainland.
*The Gunstock Parish, A History of Gilford New Hampshire, by Adair D. Mulligan, Phoenix Publishing, 1995
News & Events JUN 19th
Dinner Cruise On the Mount Washingtown
Join fellow islanders for a lobster fest dinner and evening cruise on the Mount Washington on Friday, July 20, 2018. It should be a lot of fun and everyone is welcome - islanders, mainlanders, company children etc. Cost is $50 per adult and $40 per child 12 and under. Payment deadline is June 26, 2018. Call Jim MacBride for information at 603 817-3385 and mail checks to Heidi Kephart, Treasurer, 296 Old Lake Shore Road, Gilford, NH 03249. Boarding at the Wiers at 6:15.Read More Read ALL
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