About the Park
Weeks State Park and the John Wingate Weeks Historic Site is the former Mount Prospect estate built at the direction of John Wingate Weeks, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, and Secretary of War under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. The 338 +/- acre Mount Prospect estate was given to the state of New Hampshire in 1941 by John W. Weeks' children, Katherine Weeks Davidge and Sinclair Weeks. Set at the very top of Mount 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. The summit and house museum can be accessed by The Mountain Road, a 1.6 mile scenic byway and auto road, which is open seasonally. The road and trails can be hiked any time of the year.
See The John Wingate Weeks Historic Site at Weeks State Park on WMUR’s NH Chronicle
Weeks State Park Brochure
Weeks State Park Map
Summer Educational Program Series
Join the Weeks State Park Association for free educational programs on Thursday evenings. These public programs are supported by the NH Division of Parks and Recreation, The Bureau of Historic Sites, and the UNH Co-op Extension. The 2024 summer program schedule will be available in April 2024.
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
Visiting NH's Biodiversity
Weeks State Park Report, May 2022
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.