Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ home and studios are surrounded by more than one hundred acres of forestland. Most of the forest is upland with a mixture of conifer and deciduous; this is typical of central and south New Hampshire. The natural forest communities consist of Alder-Dogwood-Arrowwood Alluvial Thicket, Hemlock-Beech-Oak-Pine Forest, Hemlock-White Pine Forest, and Semi-rich Mesic Sugar Maple Forest. There are two trails through the forests, the Ravine Trail and the Blow-Me-Down Trail. The Ravine Trail is approximately a fourth of a mile long and follows along part of the Blow-Me-Up Brook. The Blow-Me-Down Trail, which is approximately two miles roundtrip, follows the Blow-Me-Down Brook to the Mill Pond, and has an extension, known as the Sycamore Trail off its north side. The presence of Sycamores is a rare treat for park visitors, as the park is located in the extreme northern range of the species.
Did You Know?
In 1905, 85 members of the "Cornish Art Colony" staged an outdoor pageant at Augustus Saint-Gaudens' home in honor of his 20th year in Cornish, N.H. This play, "A Masque of 'Ours', the Gods and the Golden Bowl", sparked a nationwide interest in pageantry.