About the Park
John Wingate Weeks Historic Site's Mt. Prospect estate was built at the direction of John Wingate Weeks, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, and Secretary of War under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. The 446-acre Mt. Prospect estate was given to the state of New Hampshire in 1941 by John Weeks' children, Katherine Weeks Davidge and Sinclair Weeks. Set at the very top of Mt. Prospect in Lancaster, New Hampshire, the house and grounds provide a 360-degree panorama of mountain splendor, including the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy Peaks, and the upper Connecticut River Valley. Visitors can climb the old stone fire tower for even better mountain views. The John Wingate Weeks House Museum is also open to the public and tours are offered during the operating season.
Visit www.weeksstateparkassociation.org for more information.
The John Wingate Weeks House Museum at Weeks State Park also hosts a special exhibit dedicated to the USS John W. Weeks (DD-701), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, and the men who served aboard this special ship.
We are very grateful to the U.S.S. John W. Weeks DD-701 Association, as they have been very supportive and helpful in creating a special exhibit at the historic site museum. Many of the artifacts on display have been donated by the men who served on the naval destroyer. To learn more about this exhibit and the U.S.S. John W. Weeks DD 701 Naval Destroyer, please visit the John Wingate Weeks Historic Site and the following websites:
Are pets allowed at Weeks State Park?
Pets are permitted in the park. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.
Group Use Reservations
The John Wingate Weeks Historic Site is a great location to hold a wedding, family reunion, corporate outing, and more.
Youth Group Day Use
Youth and School Groups must call the park directly at least 2 weeks prior to arrival to make reservations before visiting. The Bus Pass Program is available for NH youth organizations that meet the program criteria (for more information and applications, please visit BUS PASS PROGRAM.)
Groups that do not meet the qualification for the Bus Pass Program are eligible to receive a discounted rate. For More information, please visit our School & Youth Group Page.
Group Use Rental
John Wingate Weeks Historic Site rental information
Keep Your Parks Clean
Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program, you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out whatever you carry in. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
Visit our Accessibility page for more information on specific accessibilty needs or questions, please contact the individual park office directly.
Additional Resources & Information
2011 marked the 100th Anniversary of the historic Weeks Act. Enacted in 1911, the Weeks Act enabled the aquisition of over 19 million acres in 124 national forests, spanning 42 states, including the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Maine. To honor this occasion weekslegacy.org was created by a diverse group of organizations. This website, hosted by NH Public Television, is an aggregation of the many events, stories, lectures and research about the importance of our nation’s forestlands and the role they play in the quality of our lives, as well as about the Weeks Act, the White Mountain National Forest, and the International Year of the Forest. Explore the site and read up on Weeks Act history, news, multimedia, events, links and to share your comments as well.
Visiting NH's Biodiversity
Weeks State Park Report, May 2022
Weeks State Park Brochure
Weeks State Park Map
No Metal Detecting is allowed at the Park or NH State Historic Sites.
Drone use is restricted at all NH State Parks. Drone operators are not permitted to take off or land within NH State Park boundaries.