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Full text of "Hampton Beach; the Atlantic City of New England .."

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Copyright 1922 

By P. G. LAM SON 

Manchester, N. H. 



JUL 17 1H 

Photographs by D. F. Colt 



HAMPTON BEACH 

The Atlantic City 
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jjIMONG the many charming spots 
| with which New England abounds 
__ S pots whose delightful vistas of 
seashore, lake, or mountain have 
won for her the title of the "Vaca- 
tion Land"— none is more attractive or more 
satisfying than Hampton Beach. 

To those who look for rest and recreation, for 
scenic beauty, for the wholesome invigoration of 
contact with the unfettered sea, there are surely 
few places more pleasurable or more gratifying. 
Hampton is one of those delicate touches which 
Nature, with her fairy wand, gives here and 
there to the peopled earth to refresh the body 
and the mind; one which, though it has come to 
be widely and favorably known as a vacation 
resort has in no measure lost its natural and ex- 
ceptional advantages. It is a resort for those 
whose natural discernment or ripe experience 
has given them fullness and fineness of appreci- 
ation, and as such it has never suffered, as many 
other beauty spots, from ruthless exploitation. 

The seacoast of New Hampshire is short. As 
the crow flies, it is barely eighteen miles. As if 
to make up for its brevity in extent, however, it 



HAMPTON BEACH 




NEW BUILDINGS FACING THE BOULEVARD 
LOOKING NORTH 



is a coast of surpassing splendor. Hampton 
Beach occupies three miles of it, from Rye to the 
Hampton River, a delicate curve whose graceful 
sweep is boldly broken by a spray-laced promon- 
tory known as Great Boar's Head. 

North of Great Boar's Head, the coast is dot- 
ted with picturesque groups of rocks, breasting 
the sea, and battling its unceasing onslaught. 
South of it swings a mile and a half of firm 
white, gently sloping sand, opalescently radiant 
where the water wraps it in its gem-like mantle, 
and with the soft, translucent brightness of mar- 



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ON THE BOULEVARD BETWEEN GREAT BOAR'S HEAD 
AND THE CASINO 

ble where it lies like a palace floor in the beams 
of the summer sun. There is no finer bathing 
beach than this the world over, pretentious as 
any other may be in its surroundings and ap- 
pointments, or as firm as it may stand in the 
tongue of estimate. A steady and stately surf, 
completely free from undertow, an exhilarating 
sea breeze, and a warmth of the water in all sea- 
sons, exceptional in this latitude, combine with 
the inviting arena of Hampton Beach to make 
the bathing as safe as it is enjoyable. And sea 
bathing, as its devotees know, is a sport of end- 



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THE CASINO 



less possibilities, which never grow tiresome; a 
natural tonic, whose power never diminishes, or 
fails. Here it is at its height of power. 

It is easy to get to Hampton Beach, and easy 
to find accommodations there, and those of the 
best. Hampton is a typical New England town, 
still rich in the traditions of its early English 
settlers. It is progressive in the sense of having 
modern comforts, but it has not yet progressed, 
nor does it desire to progress, to the point of 
regarding those who visit it as strangers to 
whom it owes no more than polite formality and 



HAMPTON BEACH 




NEW BUILDINGS FACING THE OCEAN, ON THE 
BOULEVARD LOOKING NORTH 

paid service. Hampton appreciates its visitors, 
and seeks to do all in its power to welcome them 
and make them feel at home, as well as to con- 
tribute to their entertainment while they stay. 

The business section of Hampton and Hamp- 
ton Beach contains modern stores, restaurants, 
and amusement places, prepared to cater to 
every reasonable desire. The residence section 
has the care, the comfort, and the appearance of 
well-being characteristic of New England com- 
munities. Every house is supplied with running 
water from pure, fresh, never-failing springs. 



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There is every refinement of modern sanitation, 
an excellent lighting system, and complete fire 
and police protection. 

A state boulevard passes through Hampton, 
and along Hampton Beach, from one end to the 
other, affording three miles of free automobile 
parking space, or a delightful drive with an un- 
broken view of the Atlantic. An ideal walk is 
provided by the smooth, broad top of the cement 
breakwater separating the boulevard from the 
beach proper. The town authorities of Hamp- 
ton have placed restrictions on the sale and leas- 
ing of land, both in the town and along the 



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GREAT BOAR'S HEAD. THE CONCRETE WALK SHOWN 
IS 1% MILES LONG. 



beach, so as to ensure a desirable class of resi- 
dents and businesses for both. 

Nobody familiar with New England roads 
needs to be told that they give limitless oppor- 
tunity for pleasurable drives to sites rich in his- 
toric associations, and among- scenery which for 
variety and swiftly changing charm of hill and 
valley, lake and meadow, forest, field and stream, 
is unapproached in America. Grander or wilder 
scenery there may be ; more beautiful, or more 
continuously beautiful, there is none. And from 
Hampton such roads radiate, to the temptation 
of the tourist, in every direction. 



HAMPTON BEACH 




ON THE BOULEVARD FACING THE OCEAN, BETWEEN 
THE CASINO AND GREAT BOAR'S HEAD 



For those who enjoy outdoor sports — tennis, ' 
horseback riding, boating, etc. — this lavish play- 
ground is an inexhaustible source of entertain- 
ment. At Rye, which is nearby, there are golf 
clubs and courses which are the delight of golf 
devotees. For the fisherman there is deep sea 
fishing, and, special fishing trips are arranged for 
regularly. If the weather is inclement, dancing 
and moving pictures vary the visitors' pastime. 

There are three Protestant churches in Hamp- 
ton, and on the beach St. Patrick's Catholic 
Church, considered the most beautiful on the 



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AN AIRPLANE VIEW OF A SECTION OF THE BEACH 

Atlantic Coast next to St. Augustine's Church in 
Florida. 

Hampton boasts the longest wooden bridge in 
the world, over Hampton Marshes, beyond 
which, with their sentinel haystacks , peaceful 
farms bosom the verdured hillsides. Fresh 
green vegetables come to the table from these 
farms, clams come fresh from the Hampton 
Marshes, the Atlantic furnishes shellfish and lob- 
sters, and there is plenty of everything for every- 
body. 

The beauty of the sunsets on Hampton 



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SOUTH OF THE CASINO LOOKING NORTH. VIEW SHOWS 
PART OF THE LARGE FREE PARKING AREA BE- 
TWEEN THE BOULEVARD AND THE BEACH 



Marshes is incomparable, and offers a real attrac- 
tion on the West Side. It has been said that the 
grandeur of these sunsets surpasses even the 
wonderful sunsets of Switzerland. It is at least 
true that nowhere else except in Switzerland is 
such a gorgeous display to be found. 

Owing to the three-mile expanse of salt water 
over Hampton Marshes, the beach is exception- 
ally free from mosquitoes, and it is also pro- 
tected from the heat of the west wind. In fact, 
the west wind is remarkably cool and makes the 
West Side almost as desirable as the water front. 



HAMPTON BEACH 




NEW BUILDINGS ON THE BOULEVARD LOOKING SOUTH 



This somewhat detached location of the beach 
serves to keep it cool and comfortable at practic- 
ally all times. 

Hampton Beach has no undesirable amuse- 
ments or questionable activities of any sort, nor 
are there any features open to objection in either 
its permanent or transient population. It does 
not attract undesirables, or offer any attractions 
which would induce them to visit it. It is not a 
resort of the side-show type, or of the promiscu- 
ous cottager. Entertainment is not lacking, on 
the reverse it is plentiful. There are band con- 



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A SECTION OF THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE 
BOULEVARD LOOKING NORTH 



certs three times a day, and occasional fireworks 
displays ; open air stage shows of merit are given 
from time to time ; a passenger airplane is pro- 
vided for those who are skillful enough to ex- 
haust the pleasures of earth and ocean. Three 
of the largest dance halls in New England are 
here. These dance halls are modern ball rooms 
in every sense, supplied with all appurtenances, 
and served by full orchestras of high repute. 
Fine bowling alleys and billiard halls afford still 
other pastimes. 

During Labor Day week the beach makes espe- 
cial effort to amuse its patrons by means of its 
annual carnival, a seven-day outing on a grand 



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COTTAGES -ALONG THE BOULEVARD LOOKING SOUTH 



scale, in which everything is free. The Hamp- 
ton Carnival is unique as being the only one in 
which the real carnival spirit has succeeded in 
New England, and is, in itself, expressive of the 
fullness of enjoyment possible at Hampton. If 
it is inconvenient for you to visit the beach dur- 
ing the rest of the season, by all means come to 
it in Carnival Week. 

Hampton is on the Eastern Division of the 
Boston & Maine Railroad, a ride of less than two 
hours from Boston, and of about fifteen minutes 
from Portsmouth. Trolleys for the beach con- 
nect with all trains. Express and transfer com- 
panies render quick and frequent service in the 



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A ROCKY PROMONTORY 



handling of all baggage. Electric cars reach the 
beach from Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Ames- 
bury, Newburyport, and other Massachusetts 
cities. Through trains from New York stop at 
Exeter, which is but eight miles away, and has 
rail connections. Unrivaled automobile roads 
radiate from it in all directions. It is on the 
White Mountain motor route from Boston to 
Portsmouth, by way of the Shore Road. You 
will find it easy to come to Hampton Beach, no 
matter where you are, or what means of travel 
you choose. 



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