|Short road trip to a site known as the "Castle in the Clouds" near Meredith. This was a privately owned home for a rich industrialist in the early 1900s. The estate was built for Thomas Plant, who had made a fortune in the shoe industry. In 1910 Mr. Plant owned the largest shoe factory in the world. The estate known as Lucknow, covers 6300 acres going from the tops of seven different mountains down to Lake Winnipesaukee. There is the main house, a carriage house with a 6 car garage attached, two gate houses, 100 foot greenhouse, farm buildings, tennis court, lake for swimming and fishing, and an 18-hole golf course. The house has a central vacuum system, a fire suppression system, an ammonia-brine cooled refrigeration, a whole house intercom system. Tiffany Studios glasswork all over the place. Each bathroom had a circular shower with a shower head that looks like the needle shower heads of today. The main house was completed in 1914. During the construction there were 1,000 workers on site at one time, mostly from Italy. The house is built with hand-carved granite. The roof tiles are made from kiln-fired (with nail holes included) clay. The fireplaces all have Italian marble fronts and hearths. There is a pipe organ designed by the Aeolian Organ Company in the library. All I can say is WOW. The picture of the view is from the lawn in back of the house. Mr. Plant owned all of what you see. That was only the backyard. You might be able to make out Lake Winnipesaukee in the far background. It took us a couple of hours to walk around the house.