New Hampshire State House

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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I went to the New Hampshire Capitol, or, as they prefer to refer to it, the New Hampshire State House, today.  According to a statement carved into one of the stone blocks near the entrance, it is, "The nation's oldest state house in which the legislature still occupies its original chambers". 

The State House is a neo-classical, symmetrical, stone building with a central gold dome similar in style to many capitols.  Unlike most capitols with a dome, this one does not have a rotunda.  The inside of the dome is not visible from the public parts of the building.

The New Hampshire State House is the most welcoming capitol I've visited.  Not only do you not have to go through a security screening but I was told that you're allowed to bring your gun into the building.  And I also met the governor, Governor John Lynch, who offered to have his picture taken with me, which has not happened at any of the other capitols I've visited.

After touring the State House I visited the nearby Museum of New Hampshire History.  Most state history museums are free but this one was not.  It has a fairly large collection of artworks showing New Hampshire scenes or painted by New Hampshire artists, items manufactured in the state and history exhibits.

When I left the museum I headed south and got together for dinner with a friend I had met at Burning Man. After dinner I headed to the Boston suburbs and found a room.
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