This historical information has been gathered thanks to the stories and photos shared by many current and previous Sunset Lake and Hampstead residents as well as many years of research. If you have any historical information or photos to contribute, please contact us at email@example.com. We appreciate your input!
The first known tourist attraction on Sunset Lake was situated on the Camp Tel Noar property in the late 1800’s and was owned by Dr. Josiah Eastman. Summer boarders at the property could sit and view the lake from a large glassed-in cupola atop a barn close to the lake and enjoy the “medicinal springs” of Sunset Lake from a causeway of stones extending into the lake.
On this same Eastman property, various residents operated a large icehouse just south of the dam from 1898 until the 1950’s when it was torn down. Postcards advertising the icehouse operation are shown here. Visit the Hampstead Historical Society at 67 Main Street to see the original postcards and many more town artifacts.
Advertising postcards for Ice from Sunset Lake.
The character of Sunset Lake began to change forever in the late 1920’s when, enabled by the greater availability of automobiles, people looked to escape the hustle and bustle of Boston and surrounding suburbs and head north to enjoy the country feel of Hampstead and the refreshing waters of Sunset Lake. This map shows the 14 major areas of development along the shore of Sunset Lake between 1927 and 1963.
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