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Photographs | Lake Winnipesaukee House for Sale

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Our editor in chief Judson Hale has written countless stories for our “House for Sale” column over the years.  In our July/August issue, he writes his personal story about a house called Liberty Street, the summer home he purchased while on a “House for Sale” scouting trip back in the early 1970s.  It has been the hub of the extended family’s summers (and winters too) on Lake Winnipesaukee for the last 43 years.  The following photographs are just a handful of family snapshots that capture a glimpse of a house and a place that holds so many special memories.

Dan, Cindy, Carolyn and J.D. with dogs Willy and Penny on a hike to the summit on Mount Major last summer overlooking the lake.

Dan, Cindy, Carolyn and J.D. with dogs Willy and Penny on a hike to the summit on Mount Major last summer overlooking the lake.

Photo/art by Hale Family

Post Judson and Sally's anniversary morning flotilla parade.  Everyone made something that could float and J.D. photographed the dysfunctional gathering.

Post Judson and Sally's anniversary morning flotilla parade. Everyone made something that could float and J.D. photographed the dysfunctional gathering.

Photo/art by J.D. Hale

Circa 1982.  For the first 25 years, the family would go out every winter for a long weekend.  Sally hated crossing the ice at all.  She would xc ski and the boys would just get some good momentum and hit the ice with the car doors open since common sense meant they didn't want to fall through the ice and not be able to open the doors.

Circa 1982. For the first 25 years, the family would go out every winter for a long weekend. Sally hated crossing the ice at all. She would xc ski and the boys would just get some good momentum and hit the ice with the car doors open since common sense meant they didn't want to fall through the ice and not be able to open the doors.

Photo/art by Dan Hale

A favorite family photo taken in the summer of 1972.  From left, J.D., Dan, Chris, Sally, Daisy D. Dog and Judson.  What JD remembers most about this photo was that the photographer said he couldn't swim and he was positioned  precariously out on a very tippy dinghy while capturing this shot.

A favorite family photo taken in the summer of 1972. From left, J.D., Dan, Chris, Sally, Daisy D. Dog and Judson. What JD remembers most about this photo was that the photographer said he couldn't swim and he was positioned precariously out on a very tippy dinghy while capturing this shot.

Photo/art by Eric Sanford

Photograph taken by Judson Hale from the dock in 1971 for the as it turned out not written "House for Sale" story he was there to research and eventually write.

Photograph taken by Judson Hale from the dock in 1971 for the as it turned out not written "House for Sale" story he was there to research and eventually write.

Photo/art by Judson D. Hale Sr.

"One Egg", Judson's most loved boat.  J.D. recalls that they were "bombing" by the docks and his brother, Chris is  hamming it up for the camera pretending to be "sea sick".

"One Egg", Judson's most loved boat. J.D. recalls that they were "bombing" by the docks and his brother, Chris is hamming it up for the camera pretending to be "sea sick".

Photo/art by Hale Family

Circa 2008.  J.D., Dan and Judson taking down the flag at "close-down" day which would happen every October or November.  The last chore (although they often joked about the chores since that really just consisted of sweeping the dock and having a beer) was taking down the flag, signally the end of another season on the lake.

Circa 2008. J.D., Dan and Judson taking down the flag at "close-down" day which would happen every October or November. The last chore (although they often joked about the chores since that really just consisted of sweeping the dock and having a beer) was taking down the flag, signally the end of another season on the lake.

Photo/art by Hale Family

Judson and Sally's 50th anniversary escort via Ron Konig's vintage Chris Craft to their favorite lakeside restaurant.

Judson and Sally's 50th anniversary escort via Ron Konig's vintage Chris Craft to their favorite lakeside restaurant.

Photo/art by Hale Family

Granddaughter Lacey with son J.D. catching fish from the dock.

Granddaughter Lacey with son J.D. catching fish from the dock.

Photo/art by Hale Family

Daughters-in-law Cindy and Carolyn kayaking with a view of Diamond Island which has no electricity and is powered only by generators in the distance.

Daughters-in-law Cindy and Carolyn kayaking with a view of Diamond Island which has no electricity and is powered only by generators in the distance.

Photo/art by Hale Family

Family reunion with all of Judson and Sally's eight grandchildren-Charlie, Rosie, Lacey, Austin, Drew, Julia, Olivia and Spencer.

Family reunion with all of Judson and Sally's eight grandchildren-Charlie, Rosie, Lacey, Austin, Drew, Julia, Olivia and Spencer.

Photo/art by Hale Family

View from the northwest facing deck-just the best sunsets according to J.D.

View from the northwest facing deck-just the best sunsets according to J.D.

Photo/art by Hale Family

Granddaughter Lacey waterskiing with Mount Major in West Alton in the distance.

Granddaughter Lacey waterskiing with Mount Major in West Alton in the distance.

Photo/art by Hale Family

Jud and Sally's 50th anniversary official photo taken in September 2008.

Jud and Sally's 50th anniversary official photo taken in September 2008.

Photo/art by Hale Family

Back of the Lake House.  This side is where the kitchen is and faces east so was often bathed in morning light.

Back of the Lake House. This side is where the kitchen is and faces east so was often bathed in morning light.

Photo/art by Hale Family

Judson last summer on the dock looking southwest down the lake and at his beloved "One Egg".

Judson last summer on the dock looking southwest down the lake and at his beloved "One Egg".

Photo/art by Hale Family

Comments
  • I love my place at the lake, all the beautiful memories. It will be the saddest day of my whole life when I have to leave here. Maybe God will be kind and let me rest here.

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  • gordon

    A great story,and a sad one.. Mr Weaver had a place on mousam lake ME.We went only a few times and I remember it well.You have much to be thankful for.I have read your magazine for years ,and enjoyed it.
    Could you tell me the make of boat ONE EGG is ? A life well lived sir, a Bravo Zulu to you and family.( Well Done).

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  • This made me incredibly sad. I know children move on but one day — one of they will wish they had kept it.

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  • Nicole

    Best article in the issue. Bittersweet memories for a house that is the epicenter of a life well lived and a family’s heart-center. I know too well the ache of missing a house that is a “home” and the difference of just four walls as is the place that I am now. It does not evoke anything and if I were to move, I wouldn’t miss it a day. There’s such a difference. My childhood home I ache for. You can never let go of some things, especially if it was when life was sweeter.

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  • Michele

    The Liberty Street article brought tears to my eyes in remembering our summer place in the Poconos. Summer places are simply magical in creating family memories. Sadly, my parents had to sell our place too, as they were unable to maintain the place in their later years. Our family still misses the place we named”Oz” and this article recalled some wonderful memories. Thank you!

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  • margaret

    I loved this article, I have to say it made me sad though at the thought of
    selling this wonderful place filled with memories. We have a lake house in the
    Berkshires with many similar family birthdays and outings I could never let it
    go!

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