Bradford New Hampshire, “The Gateway to the Lake Sunapee Region”. Our town is conveniently located at the intersection of Route 103 and scenic Route 114, just 8 or so miles from Interstate 89 and Routes 9/202. The abundance of outdoor activities and proximity to lakes, mountains and historic attractions make Bradford a year-round community with a nice mix of second-home residents. Visitors who wish to stay in-town can enjoy true country hospitality.
Settled in 1772, Bradford was incorporated just nine days after the Constitution was adopted in 1787. Today Bradford’s history and charm combine to offer guests a warm and entertaining visit.
The Bement Covered Bridge, spanning the west branch of the Warner River, was built in 1854 at a cost of $500! Today it remains an attraction for passersby. Its location at Center Road just off Route 103 makes it visible and accessible from the highway. Come experience a disappearing piece of New England history.
Turn back the clocks as you enter Historic Bradford Center, the geographic center of town. Or in-town, check out the Smithy and other buildings to see how our ancestors lived and worked. Visit the Bradford Historical Society for background to enrich your visit to these picturesque areas. Here you may learn about the past and see for yourself how it is being preserved today by dedicated volunteers.
Fourteen of New Hampshire’s tallest white pines are growing in Bradford. These towering beauties exemplify the virgin forest that once covered most of Southern New Hampshire. The Bradford Pines Natural Area is near the junction of Route 103 and Main Street. Park at the rest area and stroll the ¼-mile trail before enjoying lunch nearby.
A variety of town-sponsored events are presented throughout the year, so there is an activity to suit everyone’s fancy. Summer brings our town-wide 4th of July Celebration which features dinner and dancing the night before, breakfast at the Masonic Hall, a 5k road race, church fair and barn sale, parade, chicken barbeque and fantastic fireworks at dusk! The Historical and Union Congregational societies host many weekend activities at our historic town center all summer long. Winter brings Christmas events at the Library and Preschool and the Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Todd. The Mountain View Senior Center and Parks and Recreation are busy all year long. There truly is something for all ages in Bradford!
If you want to enjoy the fresh air, take a hike on the Tillie Wheeler Trail or explore Bradford Bog or Battles Farm. Try cross-country skiing, mountain biking or snowmobiling on a network of over 250 miles of trails encompassing seven surrounding towns and three state parks. Downhill skiing is just minutes away at Mt. Sunapee Resort and Pat’s Peak, where night skiing is available. We have two lakes, Massasecum and Todd, where warm water is home to small and largemouth bass, pickerel and perch. Anglers can also find trout in the West Branch Brook. If you like your fish on ice…our winter ice-fishing can’t be beat.
Our people, rural charm and heritage combine to make Bradford a community to visit. Leisure or pleasure, come explore our town and you’ll discover why. When in town, your patronage at local businesses is much appreciated!
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