On August 17, 2018, the Chocorua Lake Conservancy closed on the purchase of a Conservation Easement to protect the Basin View Lot from development in perpetuity and to ensure that visitors will forever be able to stop and enjoy the view at this property.
The Basin View Lot is the gateway to the Chocorua Lake Basin National Historic District. It is located along Route 16 at the top of this hill overlooking the Chocorua Lake Basin from the south. It is the visual entrance to this iconic, protected landscape.
In 2013, the view from the Basin View Lot was chosen for an “America the Beautiful” quarter. This view is reportedly one of the most photographed scenes in all of New England.
Since the 19th century, this property has been owned and thoughtfully maintained by the Bowditch family. The family has carefully preserved the vista, the historic barn, and the stone walls. They have also kindly let passersby park and walk on the land to take photographs, especially during the fall foliage season.
In 1969, the Bowditch family was among the leaders of the pioneering effort to preserve the Basin, and generously donated a conservation covenant on the land. However, this covenant permits the construction of a house on the Basin View Lot.
Now, the CLC has reached an agreement with the Bowditch family to purchase a more comprehensive easement on the Basin View Lot which will continue the practices which the family has always followed, and in addition will:
- Assure that no house or other structures will ever be constructed on the property;
- Provide visitors forever with convenient access to a defined public access area;
- Obligate maintenance of the view from areas accessible to the public;
- Provide safer parking for visitors by creating an off-highway parking area; and,
- Ensure maintenance of the exterior of the historic barn.
With this new easement, the public will always have access to the land and the view, no matter who owns the land.
This project is the capstone to all of the work generations of volunteers have done since 1969 to preserve this view and protect Chocorua Lake. Demonstrating its importance to New Hampshire, the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) has already committed an $88,050 grant toward the Basin View Lot project.
Now it is our turn to step up and finish what was started almost 50 years ago.