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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
of New England




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jjIMONG the many charming spots
| with which New England abounds
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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-



HAMPTON BEACH





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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GREAT BOAR'S HEAD IN THE DISTANCE



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



HAMPTON BEACH





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-



HAMPTON BEACH





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



HAMPTON BEACH




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



HAMPTON BEACH





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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