Mt. Washington Auto Road 150th Birthday Weekend

Come up and enjoy the festivities of the Mount Washington Auto Road’s 150th Birthday Celebration!!  There are a ton of activities going on and you can be a short drive from all the action if you stay right here at our Glen, NH Bed and Breakfast!  Special Thanks to the folks at the auto road for giving us all the details!

Mt. Washington Auto Road 150th Birthday Weekend August 5-8, Festivities Include Car Club Cruise Night, Victorian Gala Evening, Auto Road Crew Reunion, Commemorative Postmark and More!

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – The Mt. Washington Auto Road’s season long 150th Birthday celebration reaches its “peak”  this weekend with a diverse and unparalleled series of events and activities.

It was on Aug. 8, 1861 that the 8 mile Auto Road to the summit (then called the Carriage Road) first opened to the public, making it America’s first manmade attraction.

This eventful weekend kicks off on Friday, Aug. 5thfrom 5-8 pm, with the Mt. Washington Valley Old Car Club Cruise Night at the base of the Auto Road.

Saturday, August 6th beginning at 5:30 pm is the Sesquicentennial Gala, a Victorian themed evening that will include an elegant dinner, champagne toast, music, dancing, custom birthday cakes, a time travel presentation with Darby Field and fireworks. Guests are requested to wear vintage or formal attire. Tickets are $125 per couple or $65 per person.

Sunday, August 7th from 12-7 pm will be the Mt. Washington Auto Road crew reunion. All past and present employees of the company are welcomed to reminisce and enjoy a complimentary trip up the Auto Road. From 1:30-7pm will be opening day of a historic White Mountain Art exhibit, assembled by the Banks Gallery of Portsmouth. At 7 pm the public is invited to a showing of “Brush and Pen” a new documentary about the rich history of artists and writers in the White Mountains.

Monday, August 8th is an all day birthday celebration! Any car that arrives with a “This car climbed Mt. Washington” sticker permanently attached to its bumper will get free passage on the Auto Road (vehicle limitations apply). In addition, the US Postal Service will be on hand to issue a one day only commemorative pictorial postmark to celebrate the occasion. A display of vintage and antique vehicles will also be on public view.

“It will truly be history in the making this weekend at the Mt. Washington Auto Road! There is an inescapable sense of history that is part of being in this part of New Hampshire. We hope anyone who is interested will join us for this once in a lifetime celebration,” said Howie Wemyss, general manager for the Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.

Sponsors for this weekend’s events include: PSNH, Berlin City Auto Group, Northway Bank, Infantine/Cross Insurance, Pike Industries, Acadia Insurance and FairPoint.

For more information about any of the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s 150th Birthday weekend festivities call (603) 466-3988 or visit the website:

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