Friday, April 26, 2013

Poore Farm Named a 2013 “Best of New England – Editors’ Choice” Winner by Yankee Magazine...

The Poore Family Homestead Historic Farm Museum (the Poore Farm) Named a 2013 “Best of New England – Editors’ Choice” Winner by Yankee Magazine.  The Museum is 
also a “Top Event” in the Official NH Visitor’s Guide.

The Poore Family Homestead Historic Farm Museum has been recognized as a 2013 “Editor’s Choice” winner of the “Best Historic Homestead” in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England, on the newsstands now.  This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list. For 37 years, Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily references.

The Poore Family Foundation Board of Directors are very pleased and honored to receive the 2013 “Editor’s Choice” award for the “Best Historic Homestead” in all of NH, says Rick Johnsen, the Foundation’s Executive Director.

The Poore Foundation Board of Directors is again hard at work, along with friends, artisans and volunteers, making plans for this summer.  They hope that folks/families can stop by for our 19th annual Open Barn and Celebration this July 7.  We will be celebrating our founder’s day of birth.  Please join us for Kenneth’s 128th!  There will be free birthday cake, lemonade, music and more…  Along with the American Mountain Men and Harold Boydston again this year, Hope Manseau will also be on hand this year.  Hope will be demonstrating rug weaving on the Poore Family Floor loom, preparing wool, and spinning on a traditional spinning wheel.  Be ready to get involved, Hope will have you helping in the process and showing you how to make yarn on a drop spindle that you can make at home.  Hope will also be showing you how they made soap in the North Country, during the 1800's.  The Museum will also be open daily from June through September. Admission is by donation. 

For updated information and hours please see:

In the March/April edition of the Yankee Magazine, in a featured article about the Poore Farm Museum, “A Promise Kept”, Yankee editor, Mel Allen, said: “I found here on a back country road people who cared about an old farmer and what his way of live meant, who found a way to keep it from vanishing, from the land and from memory“.  Read the full story at:

“Every one of the 300-plus places we highlight contains an untold back story about someone striving for perfection, having a dream, and having a vision to make a difference, weather it’s a small artisan’s studio or a lobster-in-the-rough shack or dressed-up steakhouse on a tree-lined Boston street,” says Yankee’s editor, Mel Allen. “While if may be hard to create a business, the true challenge is in making it work, being good enough that it endures and brings people back. Those are the qualities we look for and reward then we say “Best of New England.”

Yankee Magazine’s May/June 2013 Travel Guide features 317 “Best of New England – Editor’s Choice” winners, which include the regions best attractions, food, dining, and lodging.  This special issue also names 1200 top events around the New England, and the Poore Farm’s Annual Open Barn and Celebration, on July 7, is ranked in the “Top 20 NH Events”.  More information at:

The Poore Farm Museum and its July7th Celebration is also listed in the “Top Events” of  “The Official 2013-2014 New Hampshire Visitors’ Guide”.  In this NH publication, in The Great North Woods section, the Poore Museum is one of the five “Arts, History and Culture” destinations listed for this region. For more information or to receive an official NH Visitor’s Guide, go to:

About the Poore Museum: The Poore Farm Museum is a historic homestead / settlement portraying one family's life from the 1830's to the 1980s.  The house, barn and outbuildings are all in authentic condition and reflect their original use and era.   The feeling one gets when entering the homestead is to step back in time, to one that existed prior to rural electrification of the northern most regions of NH. Back a picnic basket and stay a spell. For more information please visit:

About Yankee Magazine: Yankee Magazine was founded in 1935 and is based in Dublin, NH.  It is the only magazine devoted to New England through its coverage of travel, home, food, and featured stories. With an average circulation of 317,000 and a total audience of 1.7 million readers, it is published by Yankee Publishing Incorporated (YPI), a family-owned, independent magazine published.  YPI also owns the nation’s oldest continuous produced periodical, The Olds Farmers Almanac, and McLean Communications. More information a:

Thank you.

Richard Johnsen, Executive Director
The Poore Family Foundation for North Country Conservancy