Tip Top House
Sargent's Purchase, NH
Tip Top House is the last of the original structures built at the summit of Mount Washington that still exists today.
The stone hotel was built in the summer of 1853, a decade before the civil war, by Samuel F. Spaulding & Co., at a cost of $7000. The orginal Tip-Top House was a simple stone building with a wooden extension. Later, a fancy wooden hotel was built, directly connected to the Railroad. It burned down and a new simpler hotel was built in the early 1900s.
Now a state historic site, Tip Top House is once again open to summit guests. As a result of the most recent restoration which was completed in 1987, the building now resembles the original house as it was when it was first built with a flat roof. As the sole summit survivor, it provides a link between the mountain's past and present and affords a window to its rich history. The Tip Top House is believed to be the oldest mountain-top hostelry still in existence in the world.
Website: Mount Washington Observatory